For those of you who know me, you will also know that I took up running in 2010 and that since then I semi-regularly participate in 5km races. This change was adopted to improve my overall health after I noticed how winded I was one day during the 2009 deer season. It has also helped in the weight loss department.
So how does this relate to hunting?
My next 5km race is the ENDUR-Race on April 9th, 2011 and I am using this race as a conditioning tool to prepare for the spring wild turkey season. The race also doubles as a fundraiser for the United Way through the 2011 Waterloo Running Series
This is the part where I (figuratively) kill two birds with one stone.
If you would like to donate to The United Way you can sponsor my run as I prepare for the upcoming 2011 turkey season, . If I receive $250 in pledges I will run this race in my turkey gear (pants, fully-loaded vest, shirt, facemask, gloves, and hat). $400 in pledges and I will run this race in my turkey gear with an additional 20 pounds worth of weights on my person to simulate carrying a harvested turkey.
The only exceptions to equipment that I’d be carrying are as follows:
- For obvious legal and safety reasons I cannot run the race while carrying my firearm or ammunition
- I’ll be wearing running shoes as opposed to hunting boots. This is both to prolong the life of my boots and to protect my feet from blisters
Everything else that I would normally carry in the spring turkey season (i.e. all my calls, a decoy, water bottle, etc) will be in my vest and making the race with me….provided I hit the fundraising targets.
The Waterloo Running Series is a key supporter of a number of charities including The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and The United Way
Pledges to the United Way of $20.00 (CAD) or more are eligible to receive a tax receipt for the ENDUR-Race.
If you’re interested you can email me here and we can hammer out the logistics of making donations.
Thanks for your support.