Welcome to my Lake2Lake Fundraising Page
UPDATE: THANK YOU!! I am blown away by the genrosity of friends, family, and businesses that have pushed my fundraising total far beyond my most ambitious optimism! Finishing the physical challenge of 100km was a wonderful personal achievement but to see so many people supporting the work of Wellspring is phenomenal. I would have been happy with $1500; to see 4x that amount (with more to come) is overwhelming. Thank you!!!
I’m participating in the Lake2Lake Ride, Walk or Run for Rwanda as a fun and active way to engage in the work of The Wellspring Foundation for Education.
My plan is to cover 100km combined; starting with a 1km swim at Valens Lake, then running16km before paddleboarding down Spencer Creek to Christie Lake, and then cycling, and who knows what else in what promises to be an epic and exhausting day. My social media will provide updates and heckling opportunities all day (maybe all night too if things go slowly).
Since Wellspring started in 2004, their work has grown to impact over 195,000 Rwandan children, as well as their teachers, leaders, parents, and wider communities. By equipping all members of the educational ecosystem with the tools to create vibrant and engaging learning environments, these children are having the opportunity to receive a quality education that will change their lives and futures. And we get to be part of this!
Let's help Wellspring provide thousands of Rwandan children with a quality education! Would you consider supporting me and helping me reach my goal? Every dollar raised makes a difference.
My Personal Web Log
Tomorrow! (And some exciting news: read to the end!)
Tomorrow is the big day!
If all goes well I should be finishing the run stage of my 100km challenge around 24 hours from the time I'm writing this email.
I am so grateful for all the friends, family, and companies who have made donations in support of this effort! I know many of you have given because of our relationship and may not know much about the work in Rwanda. Thank you for your trust.
My plan for tomorrow looks like this:
8:00am Swim 1km at Valens Lake Conservation Area
8:30am Bike 20-25 km to Christie Lake COnservation Area
9:30am Run 15-16km (3 laps of Christie Lake)
11:30am Stand up Paddleboard 10km on Christie Lake
1:30pm Bike 50-55km (Likely a return trip to Valens and back to Christie Lake)
All times and distances approximate. We'll see how it goes.
I'm grateful to have my family helping out with the day. If any of you want to catch me along the way to tag along or heckle your best chances are at Valens in the morning or by finding my beige Honda minivan near the boat launch at Christie Lake and watching for me to come around. I'll also be posting video updates to Instagram and Facebook throughout the day.
I want to give special thanks to the outdoor sports businesses that have donated to my effort. BluWave SUP, DK Orthotic Solutions, RoadID, PulseBox, Adventure Attic, and Runners Den are all great companies and even better people. Check them out for your needs.
One more thing: When I first set $5000 as my fundraising goal I knew it was beyond ambitious. I would have been excited to raise $1500. As of this morning, and including a donation of stock that will take a few days to process, you have collectively given more than $6000 in support of Wellspring's work for Rwandan children and communities!
I am blown away and so grateful!!
Once again, Thank You
by Chris Wignall on Fri, Sep 11, 2020 @ 11:21 AM
Less than two weeks to go until my 100km day on September 12th.
There have been a couple added challenges to my situation.
ten days I went for a long run with a good friend. We planned to do 19km as part of a virtual race. We made a couple wrong turns and ended up doing close to 23.5k, but at about 20k my left calf muscle seized up so severely I could barely walk the rest of the way. It's happened to me a couple times a few years ago and it took months to fully recover. I don't have that kind of time right now. Fortunately it doesn't seem as bad as in the past and I'm hopeful I'll still be abel to finish my challenge, even if my run stage involves a lot more walking than I wanted.
The other issue is the water level in Spencer Creek. At this point it doesn't look like there will be enough to paddle board. If that continues to be the case I will have to adjust my plan for the day. I can certainly do my swim, run, and SUP all at Christie Lake from the tart and loop up to Valens Lake as part of my bike ride at the end. That would make the logistics of the day a little easier, even if I have to improvise the lengths of different sections on my way to the 100k total for the day.
These could be discouraging setbacks but more than that I'm getting excited. I've been so grateful for the donors who have come alongside my effort, including several small outdoor sports companies who have agreed to sponsor my effort.
I'll be posting short videos on facebook and instagram throughout the day September 12th. Tune in if you see how I'm doing along the way.
by Chris Wignall on Sun, Aug 30, 2020 @ 12:04 PM
It's getting very real!
I've decided that Saturday, September 12th will be the day for my 100km challenge (unless horrible weather forces me to postpone to the next day).
Putting that into my calendar is both exciting and intimidating. It means there's not much time to improve my physical readiness, which leaves quite a lot to be desired right now. If it comes down to it I'm pretty sure I can grind away with whatever rest stops I need and get it done eventually. Ideally it will be somewhere between 6-8 hours; but I really don't know.
As always the greater challenge is to bring in the donations.
I'm so grateful to have several friends, family, and outdoors businesses supporting the cause. I've got almost $1000 of my ambitious $5000 goal already given. It adds greater meaning to something I'd probably want to try anyway. It also adds a little pressure, but that will be a good thing when it gets tough.
Saturday September 12, 2020
8:00am 1km Swim starts at Valens Lake Conservation Area
8:30am 16km Run from Valens Lake to Spencer Creek at Westover Rd.
10:30am 7km SUP (paddle board) on Spencer Creek to Christie Lake (water levels right now look low, I might have to change this part of the day...)
12:00pm 76km bike on rural roads returning to finish at Christie Lake. (I was planning to ride on the rail trail but roads will be faster)
3:00-5:00ish Finish at Christie Lake
All times are broad predictions. In theory I should be faster than this but I know I need to go easy if I'm going to be able to finish.
Let me know if you want to join in or heckle along the way.
by Chris Wignall on Wed, Aug 19, 2020 @ 3:58 PM
Map of my challenge
With just over 7 weeks to go until I take on my 100k day the plan is becoming a little clearer, which scares me a little. My training took a hit with the intensity of the heat recently but I have scoped out the route I will take for the swim, run, and paddle boarding parts of the challenge. I'll post a map on my page to show where I'll be going.
I didn't map out the bike leg yet. Most likely I'll just ride over to the Hamilton/Brantford Rail Trail and ride back and forth there until I've covered enough distance to return to my finish point at Christie Lake.
I am somewhat concerned about just how demanding this will be for me physically. I'm pretty sure I've never taken on anything that will take as many hours as this probably will (I'm guessing 6-8 hours, but who knows).
More than that I need to start fundraising. I've requested support from some companies involved in the various activities I'm including which would be amazing. Next step is to start approaching individuals. The $5000 target is a massive stretch for me but I'm going to give it my best shot.
by Chris Wignall on Wed, Jul 29, 2020 @ 1:10 PM
In Greek mythology "hubris" is the idea of someone overestimating their importance and ability in a way that leads to struggle and shame. Here's hoping that's not what I've signed up for here.
Based on my current fitness attempting to cover 100km across several activities in one day a few months from now is at best ambitious; likely at least a little foolish.
But even more ambitious is the idea of raising $5000 in donations to Wellspring Foundation by doing all of that.
The thing is, Wellspring does amazing work with the education system in Rwanda. Here's a small organization that in just 16 years has become a major influence not only in tiny remote village schools that may lack clean water or electricity, but also at the highest levels of the government and international charity sectors. The impact really is remarkable.
My efforts on the roads, lakes, and trails for one day aren't really a big deal. I kinda like physical challenges that push me out of my comfort zone.
The truly ambitious goal here is to help Wellspring impact the lives of 2 million children and their families in Rwanda and beyond by 2024.
I hope you'll join me in that goal, whether its with a generous donation or by coming alongside my adventure in September for a few kilometres.
More details to come!
by Chris Wignall on Mon, Jun 15, 2020 @ 7:43 AM
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