Run­ning in the Se­cret Marathon

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The lo­cal chap­ter of Cana­dian Women for Women in Afghanista­n (CW4WAfghan) and the Run­ning Room are co-host­ing a walk/run event, The Se­cret Marathon 3K. Held on the eve of Internatio­nal Women’s Day, March 7, the event will cel­e­brate the free­dom to run, gen­der equal­ity and safe spa­ces for women. It is also a fundraiser for the lo­cal chap­ter of Cana­dian Women for Women in Afghanista­n (CW4WAFghan) to sup­port the ed­u­ca­tion of women and their fam­i­lies in Afghanista­n. Money raised will also be do­nated to aid in the com­ple­tion of the doc­u­men­tary film The Se­cret Marathon (af­ter which this event is named), due for re­lease in 2018.

The Se­cret Marathon, by Cana­di­ans, Martin Par­nell and Kate McKen­zie, is a film about women marathon­ers in Afghanista­n, who, due to cul­tural tra­di­tions, had to train and run se­cretly in or­der to run in Afghanista­n’s first of­fi­cial marathon.

It por­trays “the brave women who ven­tured to run along­side men in a na­tion where it is cul­tur­ally un­ac­cept­able for women to ride a bike, go for a run, and, of­ten, pur­sue an ed­u­ca­tion,” states a re­lease for the event. “Pre-race se­crecy about the timing and lo­ca­tion is vi­tal as Tal­iban in­sur­gents in Afghanista­n are a con­stant deadly threat, par­tic­u­larly when women dare to take part along­side men. Train­ing, even, re­quires se­cret routes and times due to the threats of in­sults and ston­ing.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the film, visit www.thes­e­cre­at­marathon.com

Sim­i­lar runs will take place at the same time at Run­ning Room stores in ten other Cana­dian cities.

The run/walk be­gins at the Run­ning Room, 210 Hunter St. W. with regis­tra­tion tak­ing place at 5:30 p.m. and the walk/run start­ing at 6:30 p.m. Afghan crafts will also be of­fered for sale and af­ter-run re­fresh­ments will be pro­vided.

The cost is $15. To reg­is­ter visit www.events.run­ningroom.com/ site/?raceId=14758 or reg­is­ter on the evening of the race. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact Melodie McCul­lough at Melodie.McCul­[email protected] or 705-748-6251.

Pal­lia­tive vol­un­teers

Hospice Peter­bor­ough is of­fer­ing an in­tro­duc­tory ori­en­ta­tion ses­sion in March to pro­vide the com­mu­nity with an op­por­tu­nity to learn more about vol­un­teer­ing with the or­ga­ni­za­tion. In­ter­ested in­di­vid­u­als should call to reg­is­ter to at­tend an af­ter­noon ses­sion ei­ther Thurs­day, March 1 or Fri­day, March 2. En­roll­ment is lim­ited.

Fol­low­ing the ori­en­ta­tion ses­sions and an in­ter­view process, suc­cess­ful can­di­dates will be in­vited to join the hospice vol­un­teer train­ing. The spring ses­sion be­gins in April and runs for 10 weeks, with one three­hour meet­ing each week.

The 30-hour series is de­signed for peo­ple in­ter­ested in pro­vid­ing sup­port for in­di­vid­u­als liv­ing with life-threatenin­g ill­ness. The course ex­plores is­sues re­lated to death and dy­ing, sup­port­ing peo­ple who are griev­ing and care for the care­giver. This course will in­tro­duce the vol­un­teers to the con­cepts of hospice care and pre­pare them for sup­port­ing in­di­vid­u­als fol­low­ing the guide­lines of Hospice’s phi­los­o­phy of care.

Hospice Peter­bor­ough of­fers sup­port to in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies liv­ing with or af­fected by life-threatenin­g ill­ness and grief. To learn more about Hospice visit hospice peter bor­ough. org/

For more in­for­ma­tion on vol­un­teer­ing or to reg­is­ter for one of the ses­sions con­tact Paula Green­wood, Man­ager of vol­un­teer ser­vices, at 705-742-4042 or pgreen­[email protected]­pi­cepeter­bor­ough.org

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Women, shown here, run­ning in Afghanista­n’s first of­fi­cial marathon af­ter train­ing in se­cret, are the topic of the film The Se­cret Marathon, the in­spi­ra­tion for the March 7 run/walk of the same name, hosted by the lo­cal chap­ter of Cana­dian Women in...

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