A Walkerton high school teacher has come up with a unique way to welcome the new year in.
Marathon runner and Sacred Heart Teacher Christian Hambrock will be lacing up his runners this New Year’s Eve for the 12 Hour Share-A-Smile Run-A-Mile event that he created.
The run is a fundraiser for WES For Youth Online, which provides free professional online counseling to youth ages 13 to 24 who are seeking support for their mental health needs.
WES For Youth was born out of great tragedy following the suicide of 16 year old Wes Cameran in 2011.
His family began WES For Youth Online as outreach to youth struggling with mental health issues.
This is a cause near and dear to Hambrock who taught Wes as well as his brothers.
Hambrock says the run is a simple way for him to give back to an organization that he has the utmost respect and admiration for.
The 12 hour run begins at 8 pm at the WES For Youth Office which will serve as his main base.
Hambrock encourages runners to make a small donation and join him, sharing a mile or two as he completes his long 12 hour run which is on a continuous 10 km loop around Walkerton.
A Share-A-Smile Run-A-Mile GoFundMe page has been set up for donations, pledges can also be made through Wes For Youth,. Hambrock hopes to raise 5 thousand dollars.
While the 12 hour run may seem daunting to some, Hambrock is more than capable of completing it.
In 2017 Hambrock made national headlines coming in first place in Alberta’s Canadian Death Race completing a 125 km trek through three mountain summits, one major river and 17 thousand feet of elevation in just 13 hours and 52 minutes, only to lose the title a few days later. (he bumped down to 2nd place)
This was because unbeknown to him at the time he missed a small unmarked 100 meter loop on the trail that was later marked for other runners of the same race. Because of that he received a 40 minute penalty.
Hambrock has always been a very good sport about the Canadian Death Race and it has not deterred his love of running or competition.
In fact the 12 hour New Year’s Eve run will serve as a training exercise for Hambrock who is preparing for a 100 mile marathon he will be competing in this February in Texas.