Tuesday, 22 April 2014

61km for 61 years

Today is a sad day. Today is a hard day. And as I sit here typing these words there are already tears in my eyes. Today, like everyday, I very much miss my Dad. Today should have been his 61st birthday, but we lost him too soon.

For me a physical expression of strength helps remind me of the power my spirit possesses. So when I feel weak I look for a physical reminder that I am I am strong enough to endure this. That is what today is.

Today I will honour the year that should have been by covering 61kms.
1km Swim
55km Bike
5km Run

I am asking you to join me for the Run. I am asking you to run/walk/hike/bike/move for 5km today (or any time this week) and dedicate it to the Happy Heart Project. Just visit my donation page and make a $20.00 donation as part of your virtual race fee. You have until Sunday April 27th to register and complete your 5km.

You can Click Here to Access the Printable Bib. You are all welcome to print it out at home and Rock It during your 5km. (Perfect addition to your Instagram Selfies)

Your Race Fee/Donation has already automatically earned you 3 entries in the draw for our AMAZING PRIZES. We have 33 prizes up for grabs (<--- click here for the full prize list) and all of the money raised goes to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. You can gain even more entries by participating on social media...
  • Tweet about the Run
  • Share about it on Facebook
  • And post your pictures on Instagram
Enter all of your Social Media Fun into this handy-dandy app to gain more entries

a Rafflecopter giveaway Everyone is encouraged to use the Hashtag #HappyHeart5km so we can all link up and encourage each other! I am planning to put together a big review post on Friday and I want share as many pictures as possible, so using the hashtag will make it easier to find your post and share the love!

I will be starting my Swim at approximately 3:30pm. And I will be updating all my activities regularly on Instagram if you want to follow along. For those of you in the GTA that would like to meet-up and run, I will be finishing the bike portion of my route  at the Yonge Street Running Room and heading out on my Run at 6:30pm. Everyone is Welcome! I warn you in advance I will likely be a hot mess of emotions and exhaustion - so tears will likely be shed, but as long as you don't mind, company is welcome.

Hope you will all come run with me.
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,


  1. My heart is definitely with you all day today. I will be running my #HappyHeart5km tomorrow. Will be my last run in town before I leave for my marathon so it will be doubly special to me.

  2. Sending you so much love today Krysten. I'll be running 5km later today for you and your dad!

  3. What a fantastic idea, Krysten! I ran my 5k this morning and will dedicate that to the HappyHeart virtual 5k. Thinking of you today!

  4. Best of luck today with your 61km's, so glad I could take part over the weekend. Thinking of you this afternoon!

  5. Krysten, I will be thinking of you and your family and will run a #HappyHeart5k for you tomorrow!

  6. i so wish I would have emailed you before this giveaway, cause i would have donated healthy bites! xxoo

  7. I just wanted to stop buy and give you a huge virtual hug because I know today is a very rough day for you! But you know your father is giving you a hug too - from heaven :)

  8. What a beautiful way to honor your dad. Wow a year already. Big, big hugs.

  9. Finished my run today and thought about you as my heart was pumping in my chest up some hills!

  10. I love this.
    I'm sending you hugs on your bike ride and run happeniing RIGHT NOW.

  11. Sending you HUGE virtual hugs today, Krysten. I know your dad is super proud of you, and my run tomorrow will be 100% for you and your family. xo

  12. My thoughts go out to you today as I know anniversaries and birthdays can be really difficult when dealing with a loss. I hope you find some strength and peace in your 61km today.

  13. "Today is a sad day. Today is a hard day. And as I sit here typing these words had tears in my eyes. Yesterday, as usual, I miss my father. Yesterday should have been the 61st birthday of her, but we lost him too soon. "unfortunately for her, she had a hard time and struggled for their lost father.

  14. HUGS and love girlie - sharing now!

  15. ran my 5k (as part of a tempo training run) last night!

  16. Just huge hugs my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I ran yesterday but really no extra money to enter right now but with you in spirit!

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