Dedicated runners in the half marathon begin their race at the Krista Johnson Memorial Run For Change back in 2017. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, June 9 and there’s still time to register.
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It’s time to get your feet in the starting blocks for this year’s Krista Johnson Memorial Run for Change.It was nine years ago that the late Krista Johnson founded the Run for Change as a fundraiser for a local youth group.An active member of the community and an advocate of healthy living, 27-year-old Johnson’s life was tragically cut short in 2012 when she was struck by a car while cycling in Ottawa. Remembered by family and friends Sunday as a passionate young woman, Johnson believed strongly in the importance of empowering young girls to lead a healthy lifestyle, through physical activity, thereby promoting a healthy mind and body. “Elevate” was a business name that she had chosen in her part-time work conducting boot camps for women and the “Live it Up” program for adolescent girls.Wanting to preserve her daughter’s legacy and continue her mission to advocate for healthy living while giving back to the community, Laurie Johnson has been organizing the Krista Johnson Memorial Run for Change for the past seven years.The annual charity run welcomes hundreds of walkers and runners of all ages who enjoy a day of healthy activity while raising funds for The Krista Jonson Memorial Foundation.Over the past six years of the run, the Foundation has raised over $100,000 which has supported such initiatives the Live it Up – Empowering Young Girls program, the Elevate Youth Fitness Studio, Cooking Connections, Homework Cafe, Youth Yoga, Mindfulness Course for Teens and free smoothies with a 30 minute workout.The 2019 Krista Johnson Memorial Run for Change will be kicking off at 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 9th at Riverside Park. Because of the spring floods, everyone should convene this year in the area opposite the Kiwanis Field House.As per tradition, the event will include a half marathon as well as the 10 kilometre, five kilometre and two kilometre family walk or run.For those engaging in the two kilometre event, participants will have the opportunity to complete an optional Family Fit Challenge. Interested participants will receive stamp cards that they will fill out by completing fun activities at stations along the route.In addition, this year’s event will feature a huge silent auction and participants will be refreshed with many water stations along the routes and barbecued Harvey’s burgers to satiate their hunger once they finish their runs. Ry-J’s Climbing Adventures will be there as well to keep the kids active.Johnson expressed that along with the excitement, fun and food, participants will once again be able to support the Krista Johnson Memorial Foundation and promote active and healthy lifestyles in the community. Money raised through the event will go to support the Elevate Youth Wellness Centre and other local projects.Johnson added that she is beyond grateful for the community’s ongoing support to keep her daughter’s legacy alive by participating in the annual run and donating to the cause.Participants can register for the Krista Johnson Memorial Run for Change by accessing the event page on the Running Room’s website at www.runningroom.com or at www.elevateyourhealth.ca.ADixon@postmedia.com