Update from 2013 Fallen Runner

I am aware that the probability of surviving an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is low. And the likelihood of surviving 
with one's mental faculties intact is even lower. I beat the odds a year ago, and you contributed to that,
and I am very grateful. I just wanted you to know that.


Launching Road2Hope Special Project for 2014

Launching Road2Hope Special Project 2014
By Arlee Cripps

When approached by Esther Pauls, Hamilton Marathon Race Coordinator in early January with the interest in having Lawson Ministries own Paparella Innovated Art Program create 2000+ medals for the 1K, 5K and 10K races this year, I thought, what a great opportunity to showcase the talent of our artists and capabilities of the many clients we support.

A Little Background On Our Involvement

I have participated in the Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope event for a number of years prior to becoming an employee of Salvation Army Lawson Ministries. In 2012, I encouraged a group of dedicated staff to enter the race as a team, to raise money and awareness for our many programs, it was extremely successful! Last year, Lawson entered as a Community Partner, which allowed all staff, clients, and any members of the public to run in support of our organization. Each year, local charities have raised over $100,000 through the Road2Hope event.

I look forward to spending the next 21 weeks with everyone and I am excited to share our progress along the way. Please stay tune and follow our blog as we provide ongoing updates to the project, our accomplishments, thoughts and insights from our project team members, and any other excitement that happens along the way. (AC)


Dubai Runners - 1st of 7 Continent Marathons

Hi Arlene,
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for allowing Kristen to run yesterday!!  I can't tell you how thrilled we were to do our First Sector at home in Canada!!  I will make sure that all Press Releases include your Marathon details in it.
Check out the article from a Dubai newspaper regarding Kristen.
And it all started at the Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope!

Well Organized

> Just wanted to congratulate you on another well organized race day. The sun really helped although the wind 
was cold coming from the north. I did not have a personal best marathon as I had hoped but when
I got home (couldn't stay around as my friend who was driving had been finished for almost an hour)
I checked the results and discovered that I had placed first in my division.
That certainly put a brighter spot on the day. Will the medal and watch be mailed to me?
A prize put a smile on my face and I hope the day was deemed a success from your perspective as well

Patricia Allain

Praise from a Walker

I first want to Thank Esther for her support this morning and arranging for me to start my race earlier than the rest of the runners. It was a much better run for me than last year run due to the mind game. When you are a slow runner and everyone has pass you than you begin to think what am I doing out here. To be with other runners the whole time helped me to stay focus this year.  I was able to take 15 minutes off of my time last year. I do hope you think about letting slow runners start earlier next year. As long as I can start like that I do not mind doing the runs. I was good about staying off to the side for the fast runners.

I have to say the route is much nicer this year and hope it stays this way. Everyone did a wonderful job and you should be proud of putting on such a great race.

Thank You from the bottom of my heart

Barb Havens