Legally blind runner, Rhonda-Marie Avery is set to run the Bruce Trail end to end (885km) in 20 days starting August 4 2014 in support of Achilles Canada... The Bruce Trail is Canada's longest, oldest footpath measuring some 885km from the north end in Tobermory to the south end in Niagara. It is small piece of heaven that many are unaware of, that few have ever even set foot upon. For those who have, they know the magic that the ground there contains. They have, perhaps, felt the lingering mist on their cheeks in the cool sunrise. They have heard the water falls and touched the moss trees, stood where bears have crossed and, maybe, spun around, arms wide, staring up through the coloured leaves at noon on a fall day. This small piece of earth is a welcoming place for hikers and, more recently, for a few brave ultrarunners. This challenge is about a journey from the northern tip of the trail to its southern most end. This journey has been done before, but never quite like this."My name is Rhonda-Marie Avery. I am legally blind. And I run. And I bike. And I swim. A lot. And I'm on a quest....to be the most powerful verb in my own life. None of these activities are easy for me to manage without the help of Achilles Canada"This nonprofit organization connects those with disabilities with volunteer guides. "Over the years, they have helped me to take part in events from 5Km to 100 miles of running, 13km of tethered open water swimming, and 500km of tandem cycling. Without their involvement, I wouldn't be possible for me to participate to this degree. Oftentimes, for the disabled athlete, getting to the start line is the most difficult task. As a disable endurance athlete, my goal is always to show up, do my best and put all concepts of my disability aside. I am there to complete an adventure, which regardless of having fewer limitations, perhaps, most would not undertake or would not consider being within my capacity to undertake. I say BE BRAVE, everyday! No matter what, do your best and see what you can accomplish"."Let me ask you this; What do you know of disability and sport, or disability in general? Did you know that apparently 10% of the global population is disabled? Did you know that the "disabled" are the world largest minority group? Did you realise, that this is also the group that any one of us could become a member of at any time?" "When you imagine an olympic swimmer, do they have two arms? Can they hear you cheering them on? Do you think altering your image of this swimmer changes your thinking....or changes theirs? Now, what if a disabled swimmer is impeding your exit from the gym change room? What if a disabled swimmer is stuck at home without a way to get to the gym to train? What if a disabled swimmer is a child lost in their dreams of one day, merely, taking part?..... This is why I am undertaking this journey" Every day, we are given a choice; not only how we view the world, but also how we let the world view us. It's time to see "disabled sport" differently, without limits, without boundaries and with all the hope and bravery it deserves, whether a person with challenges wants to simply participate or excel.On August 4 2014, with the help and support of a team of over 50 volunteers, Rhonda-Marie will be starting her quest to run the Bruce Trail from the north end to the south end. Each day accompanied by two guide runners, they will travel at least the distance of a marathon (42.2km). Each night they will be billeting with a volunteer family who has kindly opened their doors. The goal of this adventure in ultrarunning is to raise awareness for disabled athletes. The entire journey will take 20 days. On the last day, August 23, 2014, please come join in to walk the final 5km of the Bruce Trail and to complete the quest. In this way, together, we can all help create a space for openness for the involvement of all people, disabled or not.You can follow along in a number of ways;The Envisions Blog
@envsions2014Facebook"Envisions ... Rhonda-Marie ... Bruce Trail... Totally Awesome!" Please go investigate the Bruce Trail's webpage... find out how there membership works. Also, find out how, through your help, they secure access to private portions of land that the trail runs through, as this trail is not eclusively on publicly owned land.
Please check out Achilles Canada, this empowering organization that enables disabled athletes to take part.
Achilles Canada is directly sponsoring this run. Please show your support and donate here today. In the meantime, now you know the challenge. Please follow along as we attempt to make some changes to the way the world thinks about "disabilty" and "sport".We need your help to make this happen!! We will be uploading videos as the campaign continues.
Envisions YouTube Channel
As we travel through this Bruce Adventure, a Feature Documentary is being filmed;
8% No Limits Feature Documentary