Boston Marathon athlete, Ironman competitor and author takes part in 2014 Run for Epilepsy.
Wes Harding competes as a member of Team Hoyt at the 2012 Boston Marathon
Dreams do come true and Wes Harding from Sarnia, Ontario, has proven that “anything is possible!" Wes has gone from a non-runner, overweight couch potato at the age 40 to a three time Boston Marathon qualifier and two-time Ironman finisher all in five years. Losing 80 pounds in the process Wes’ life changing attitude came after watching a youtube video on Team Hoyt (a father who pushes his paralyzed son with Cerebral Palsy in road races and triathlons) entitled “CAN”. This father/son team inspired Wes to start “making a difference” in his own life and in the lives of others.
For the past three years Wes has been chosen one of two Canadians to represent Team Hoyt in the Boston Marathon. As a motivational speaker Wes inspires and encourages others to “dream big” and that “dreams do come true”. His message, like the Hoyt’s motto, is “Yes, You Can”! As a non runner Wes’ dream was to qualify for the Boston Marathon and in April 2012 after overcoming insurmountable odds that dream came true. In April 2013, Wes co-authored his first book entitled, “Destined To Run” (with Todd Civin, forward by Dick Hoyt and Published by Mascot books). “Destined To Run” is more than a story about running, it is a book about chasing after your dreams.
As a result of being in the heart of the Boston Marathon 2013 bombings Wes, seeing the Hoyts example, saw the need to make a change in his life that included others. He left his career course as an educator of twenty years and started up Canada’s first athletic ride-along organization created for those with disabilities who would normally not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races called myTeam Triumph. With over 30 chapters in the USA myTeam Triumph’s goal is to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities through running together. After hearing Wes speak you will be motivated to say, “I CAN” do the impossible and “I CAN” make a difference.
You can meet Wes at Run for Epilepsy's spaghetti supper on Friday August 29, 2014 and also at the actual run on Saturday August 30, 2014 by following the registration links on this page.
YES, YOU CAN!
WHEN: Saturday August 30th, 2014
TIME: 9:00 am
WHERE: Confederation College Fitness Centre
DISTANCES: 2.5k & 5k fun run/walk/roll; 10k fun run
RACE KIT PICK-UP: Thursday August 28 and Friday August 29th 12-4 at the Running Room Store.
All entrants receive a race shirt and finisher's medal
***RUN FOR EPILEPSY IS NOW A K-STAR SERIES EVENT***
For more info email info(at)runforepilepsy(dot)ca or call (807) 577-9514
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