WINNIPEG, Man. (April 17, 2018) – Diabetes Canada is asking Manitobans to join the Lace Up for Diabetes event which will take place on Sunday, April 29th at 9 a.m. at Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg. This family-friendly day will feature a 10 km timed run, 5 km walk/run, 3 km walk/run and a free kids fun run. New this year, for those outside of Winnipeg who can’t make it to the event venue can still participate by downloading the free RaceRunner app, which is the world’s first virtual race running app. It allows people to run with each other wherever they are in the world and in real-time. Diabetes Canada hopes to raise $55,000 and funds raised from this event will help send local children with type 1 diabetes to camp and fund leading-edge research and support innovative educational diabetes programs and services in Manitoba.
In Manitoba today, it’s estimated 131,000 people are living with diabetes. In addition, it’s estimated a further 246,000 are living with prediabetes or undiagnosed diabetes. Karen Leadbeater will participate this year. “We were shocked when my husband was first diagnosed eight years ago with type 2 diabetes because he had no symptoms. We started our journey by going to diabetes support groups and workshops to educate ourselves. Later, I began doing the diabetes walk to show my support. I now do the run, which I plan to do every year for as long as I can. My husband has been such an inspiration to me. Even though it was hard at first to know what to do, he didn’t give up and was determined to beat this disease. He has not only made healthy choices for himself, he also motivates me to make healthier choices every day as well. I can happily say that from making a few changes to his diet and exercise, his sugar levels are now maintained. I do this run every year, not just for my husband, but for all of those who suffer with this disease. Together, one day, we will find a cure for diabetes!”
“Ending diabetes is the goal for Diabetes Canada and with the support from people like Karen sharing their stories and participating in community events such as Lace Up for Diabetes, it will be possible one day,” says Andrea Kwasnicki, regional director for Manitoba and Nunavut, Diabetes Canada. “People may not realize it, but Canada is facing a diabetes epidemic — 11 million people live with diabetes or prediabetes today and another is diagnosed with diabetes every three minutes. It’s a complex disease with many causes and no known cure. Everyone knows someone with diabetes. Lace up for Diabetes will go a long way in making sure our reach, support, education and influence are maximized to the fullest in order to provide outcomes that benefit as many Manitobans as possible.”
Those in Winnipeg and surrounding areas can register today by visiting www.diabetes.ca/laceup or at any Winnipeg Running Room location. For Those outside of Winnipeg can participate by downloading the free Race Runner app and learn more and register at racerunner.com