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Looking Back: Modo 8k Spring Run-Off

People kept saying, “We couldn’t have asked for a better day!” But race day wasn’t a success just because of the early spring sunshine.

We announced our partnership with the Canada Running Series in December last year, and to see all our combined efforts with CRS and our charity partner, Take a Hike Foundation, culminate was exhilarating.

And they’re off!

Starting at 8am on the morning of March 23, we watched almost 1,000 excited runners pour into Stanley Park via foot, bike, public transit, carpools and even a few Modo! The energy rose all morning, and at the 10am start whistle it exploded onto the course, carried by many smiling faces.

It was heartwarming to see runners of all skill levels and ages enjoy the course and post-race activities, including the Modo Community Fair. We’re already dreaming up new ways to make next year bigger and better.


Congratulations to the winners of the male and female divisions – running around Stanley Park under 27-minutes is no small feat! And congratulations to everyone who ran the #Modo8k. Completing a race you’ve trained for is an accomplishment that’s meant to be celebrated!

Race Results:

Male Overall (Top 3)

Kelly Wiebe – 24:03
Kevin Friesen – 24:58
Adam Byles – 25:24

Female Overall (Top 3)

Natasha Wodak – 26:37
Rachel Cliff – 26:53
Lindsay Carson – 27:15

On behalf of Modo, marketing director Hilary Henegar presented a cheque for $2,500 to Take a Hike Foundation student Natasha and executive director Jaydeen Williams.

One of our favourite things about participating in a race like this is the opportunity to invite along an inspiring charity partner doing important work to empower young people in our city to heal and grow, develop a relationship with nature, learn life skills and establish a habit of volunteerism in their communities. We’re talking about the Take a Hike Foundation of course, which has seen great success helping students in its full-time alternative education program to graduate from high school.

In making them charity partner, the Modo 8k offered the organization a new stage and a new audience to tell its story while raising money to build and sustain its successful programming. (Thanks to Global TV’s Jennifer Palma for waking up early with us to interview the students on race day!)

This was only the first year and we hope to grow runners’ relationship with Take a Hike further so we can in turn grow donations, but we’re pretty psyched to see many runners take the opportunity to donate. 

Modo itself presented Take a Hike with a donation, on behalf of the membership, for $2,500, which the executive director, Jaydeen Williams, said will go toward funding the program’s therapy component.

Fundraising Results:

Online Pledging – $1,438 (half of which was raised by Team Modo!)
Cash Pledging – $40 
Online one-time donation – $70
Monthly donation – $50/month
Donations on site – $228
Money raised through beer-n-burger special sales – $282
Modo donation – $2,500
TOTAL – $4,608

This organization has truly inspired us, and we’re looking forward to showcasing their efforts even more next year!

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