Whether you were a novice runner or a first time marathon attendee, the Run with Frederick 2017 was a great way to support our youth here at Liberty for Youth and at the same time start a journey of health and wellness, a good time was had by all.
The Run with Frederick 2017 was born out of the “Run for Youth” in 2016 when Frederick Dryden(ED), had ran 696.5km in 21 days from Ottawa to Hamilton. The loss of
two youth who has been previously in Liberty’s program and his passion and vision to create sustainability for the Liberty for Youth programming were his motivation to take on such an enormous task.
The Run with Frederick 2017 is our first annual run and we look forward to more successful years ahead. Of course, we could not do any of this without the Runner’s Den, Road2Hope Hamilton Marathon. Gord & Esther Pauls, owners of the Road2Hope have been more than generous to Liberty for Youth by giving us the platform we needed to hold a marathon. The Road2Hope Hamilton Marathon celebrated their 10th anniversary this year and what a privilege it was to join them with our first run.
We would like to THANK all of those who either participated OR sponsored the Run with Frederick. You helped make this the success it was and thanks to all of you we raised over $20,000.00!
We hope that you will join us again in 2018 and make it an even bigger event and help us reach our campaign goal of $650,000.00.
Early bird registration will be available soon so stay tuned!
Three weeks, 21 days, over 650km, from Ottawa all the way back to Hamilton, Frederick and the team made it!
It’s been a journey of strength, tenacity, growth, compassion and relationship building, not only between the Run for Youth team, but all of the people that they met on the journey home.
Frederick was so happy to make it back to his hometown of Hamilton,Ontario on Friday, November 4th at the Liberty for Youth building. Frederick and the Run for Youth team were greeted by many supporters like the Mayor of Hamilton, Fred Eisenburger, RBC branches from Burlington to Hamilton, the Chief of Police and of course his loving wife,Tanya and their 3 boys.
We know that we could not have done this without the support of so many people, too many to mention here, however, we would like to recognize you all, you know who you are and we will ever be so grateful. You helped us complete this victorious marathon and because of that many young lives will be changed today and tomorrow.
We love the youth in our city and those beyond and we want everyone to know that this campaign had everything to do with them and for them.
The Run for Youth campaign will be the first of many to come, maybe not in such magnitude but we will not stop running in order to bring change that needs to take place and the best part is, our youth will be the next runners leading the race.
Frederick passes on this torch and now challenges every young person to meet the challenges that life will throw them with courage, determination, strength and fortitude!
In less than 24 hours hours Frederick and the Run for Youth team will be running into Hamilton and Frederick will have completed his 21 day marathon of 650km!
BUT, he is not finished yet, Frederick will be running his last 10km this Saturday, November 5th in the Hamilton Marathon-Road2Hope. You can join him for 1km, 5km or 10km by registering online at https://raceroster.com/events/2016/5901/hamilton-marathon-road2hope/register?ref=event-right-sidebar .
To pick up your race kit if you are already registered, you can do so in person at Wild Waterworks Park at Confederation Park on Friday, Nov. 4 from 1-6pm, or on Saturday, Nov. 5 before your race (opens at 8am). If you are picking up on Saturday morning, come about 1-2 hours early so you don’t get stuck in a line up and miss your start time.
Frederick and the team have caught their second wind and are anticipating a strong finish into Hamilton despite the soreness Frederick is feeling as he shared with The Hamilton Spectator’s, Mark McNeil in the following article, http://m.thespec.com/news-story/6944399-running-for-youth-at-risk .
The last couple days Frederick and the team have received a warm welcome from our Toronto, Mississauga neighbors. Take a look.
Time seems to be quickly passing as Frederick and the team make their way back to Hamilton. It’s hard to believe but Frederick and the team arrived in Toronto today.
The last 4 days have been booked full of speaking engagements and awards to dignitaries, youth and of course one of the Run for Youth team members, Micheal. On Friday, October 28th, Frederick and the team celebrated a bittersweet end to Micheal’s journey along the run. Micheal who was an RBC intern with Liberty for Youth over the last 3 months completed his term Friday and so it was only natural to say farewell with a chocolate cake and lots of kind words and encouragement. Liberty for Youth participants and our Program Facilitator Cliff, made the trek to Bowmanville Friday night to share their gratitude and to see Micheal off. Micheal, Liberty for Youth cannot thank you enough for all the hard work you have done for this Run campaign, you were truly a blessing and we all wish you the very best in your future endeavors.
As the team suited up to keep up the pace, the weekend came with a lot of visits and a lot of km’s. Frederick ended up in Bowmanville & 510.5km this past Sunday, October 30th and is on the final stretch home!
Please see all the great adventures along their route these last few days below.
If you have not seen our Home page and the donations to date, we are so excited to share with you that we are over $350,000.00! Frederick & his wife,Tanya, the run for youth team, the youth in our programming, the staff, volunteers, campaign members and board members would like to say a special THANK YOU to all of our DONORS. Without your donations and compassion to our program we could not have done this. We love you all and from the bottom of hearts, thank you for supporting the youth in our community and beyond!
As we get the pictures and stories back here at home, it’s hard to believe that we are only one week away from welcoming home Frederick & the Run for Youth team. We honestly don’t know how they have managed this far but nonetheless we are so proud of Frederick & the team for their perseverance and stamina.
The last couple days has kept the team & Frederick busy with speaking engagements and lots of running of course. Colborne, Coburg and Port Hope are just some of the places Frederick and the team have visited the last couple days.
See some great pictures of their journey over the last couple days below.
Mark Your Calendar! For those who live closer to us here in Hamilton, please remember that our Annual Gala, “Power of a Changed Life” is coming up on Wednesday, November 9th at 5:30pm. You won’t want to miss it as Frederick & the Run for Youth team will be the guest speakers this year and sharing their personal stories of the Run for Youth.
Purchase tickets online at https://www.libertyforyouth.org/index.php?p=Events,View&id=36
Frederick has now run 353km on his route! By 3pm today that will change again. He is keeping up the pace and between running, speaking engagements, eating and sleeping, not to mention the phone calls back home, he is closer to us than we realize.
Since Monday this week, Frederick has spoke at over 10 different locations, including Schools, Police Stations, Rotary Clubs, RBC branches and even a boxing gym! Yes, the Run for Youth team is getting tired BUT, they remember the cause and the purpose and the vision will remain at the fore front of this marathon.
Take a look below to see all the amazing stops the Run for Youth team have made these last few days.
Would you please consider championing the cause and donate online, by mail or by phone at 1-844-827-0354.
Frederick sharing his passion for the youth and inspiring message of hope and reconciliation.
Things are not slowing down for the Run for Youth team on weekends. This past weekend included a memorable visit to a First Nations Youth Rally Concert on Sharbot Lake,Ontario. Frederick even took part in a special tribal dance with an Aboriginal Women’s Drum Circle. It was a fantastic night as Frederick gave two ab
original youth, The Personal Growth Award 2016 from Liberty for Youth. The Run for Youth team enjoyed the festivities and made memories they will not soon forget.
Sunday, Frederick and his Run for Youth team had the pleasure of attending a service at the West Side Fellowship Christian Reformed Church. The service was fantastic and the Run for Youth team were so thankful for their kindness and warm welcome.
We are so grateful to Old Navy for their partnership to the Run for Youth campaign. Back in May, 2016, Old Navy from Limeridge Mall in Hamilton,Ontario made a pledge of $15,000.00. They also hired six of our Youth in our programming. As well, they have set up buckets to receive donations from their customers. We are so grateful to Old Navy for caring about our youth and the Run for Youth team looks forward to meeting more Old Navy stores along the way.
The first week of the Run for Youth has been a great success!
Frederick and the Run for Youth team have had amazing reception on their first week from speaking engagements and numerous supporters. From Winchester to Morrisburg to Kingston, Frederick is making his way back home.
Frederick continues to receive great support on the road by his awesome Run for Youth team, George, Micheal & Luis(youth) and also back home from his family of Hamilton supporters and beyond. Some days are tougher than others Frederick informs us, but we all know that his passion and love for the youth of our city & country will push him onward till he arrives here at home.
RBC, Police Officers, Rotary Clubs, Radio stations and Pita Pit, as well as many others, are some of the wonderful supporters meeting Frederick & the Run for Youth team. Many more are waiting to greet the Run for Youth team with excitement and we couldn’t be more happy with the great reception they have already received.
On October 14th, 2016 at 3pm, Frederick and the Run for Youth team officially started their journey back home from Ottawa to Hamilton(650km). It was a perfect day on Parliament Hill and at times an emotional send off as Frederick & others shared their passion and support to the Run for Youth campaign.
So grateful to those in attendance at Parliament Hill; Frederick’s wife & children, Liberty for Youth staff, Cliff and Melanie, Hamilton MP, Bob Brattina, Youth Panel, Randy Reeves(Rotary Club, Burlington Central), Liberty for Youth participant & runner, Luis, Sharon Clark(Hamilton Port Authority), RBC managers, Tom Palisak(Hamilton), Jennifer Santamaria(Burlington) and many other spectators and supporters.