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Have You Ever Run on a Runway?

‘Jordan’s Run the Runway’ returns August 27th to the London International Airport and it’s the only 5k run/walk of its kind in the area! Participants of all ages are invited to run, walk, or pole on the actual tarmac. Funds raised from the event will ensure that every child, regardless of their ability to pay, has the opportunity to attend YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth (CQE). Camps inspire the leaders of tomorrow and kids who attend camp report improved social skills and a higher sense of happiness too! 

This very special event began nine years ago and was inspired by Jordan Strickland who was a beloved member of the YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth family. Jordan loved new adventures and he was not afraid to try anything. One of the things he loved most in life was going to CQE on Beausoleil Island, where he attended many summers as a camper, and nine years as a volunteer counsellor. 

The terrain of CQE is not what would be considered easy to traverse and was a challenge to Jordan’s mobility. Despite these challenges, he always managed to get anywhere he needed to with the support of the many amazing campers and staff there. It is doubtful that he missed any opportunities to attend CQE and his enthusiasm was contagious! Rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, swimming … Jordan looked forward to, and was a part of, it all. Because of the Y and CQE’s inclusive philosophy, Jordan and others who may have physical or other challenges have always been welcomed to share the same camp experiences as any other kid, with whatever support it takes to make that happen. 

This event will continue to be a part of Jordan’s story for many years to come. Hope to see you on the runway! Learn more at www.ymcaswo.ca/jordans-run-runway 


YMCA of Southwestern Ontario


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