Plot Twist: My Hypo Half Streak Continues!!!

What a whirlwind these past few days have been… a beautiful, heart-stopping, mind-blowing whirlwind–so much so that I can barely remember the woman trying not to cry on the physiotherapist’s table a few days ago.

HypoHalf 2012

At the finish line of the Hypo Half 2012 wearing my flashy new medal

If you read my last post, you know that my six-year running streak at the Hypothermic Half Marathon was ending this year due to an injury.

Unable to run that distance myself, I donated my bib for this sold-out event in the hope that whoever received it would enjoy the race as much as I do.

Well, I got much more in return than I ever anticipated.

KwadSquad: kick-ass runners/angels

I soon heard from Morrie, my race-bib recipient. Morrie is a member of the Kwad Squad–a push-team dedicated to offering athlete-partners the opportunity to participate in endurance events from which they would otherwise be precluded.

Morrie and race partner at the Great White North Half Ironman

Morrie and race partner at the Great White North Half Ironman

I can’t imagine a more perfect situation and my tears over missing my seventh annual Hypo Half quickly dried up.

And as if that isn’t incredible enough, I received this follow-up email from Morrie today:


As a runner, I know you’re saddened to miss this opportunity to continue your streak of hypo half. I’ve thought of this…. I’m not sure the extent of your injury, but ya think you have 1km or even 1/2 of one in ya? We would love and be privileged to have you push Raminder over the finish line. The feeling you get when you hear the crowd pushing you on and hearing Raminder’s expressions of excitement and joy is absolutely nothing short of amazing.


*wipes away yet more tears*

Luckily, I indeed have a few kilometres in me and you can guess what my answer was, right?

And so, I am joining Morrie and Raminder for the final few kilometres of the Hypo Half tomorrow morning.

I’m over-the-moon with excitement that I’ll be part of the push-team supporting Raminder’s first Hypothermic Half Marathon, and we expect to cross the finish line around 11:15 a.m. tomorrow (Sunday, Feb.21st).

The race starts and finishes at the Highlands Golf Club at 6603-Ada Blvd, Edmonton, AB.

If you’d like to help cheer Raminder on as she crosses the finish line, we’d love to see you there!

4 thoughts on “Plot Twist: My Hypo Half Streak Continues!!!

  1. That is so great for you to be included tomorrow. Wish we could be there.

    Dad and Mom

  2. Karen – what a superb twist that brought you together with that amazing team and those two incredible athletes. I wish I could be there today to see your face when you both cross the finish line – I imagine it will be like nothing you have ever felt before. Karma is a beautiful thing – kudos to all of you!

  3. Thanks so much, Lynn. Definitely a powerful moment crossing that finish line with Raminder and my fellow teammates. I’m all for Karma as well!

  4. Thanks, Mom and Dad. Yes, I’m feeling very grateful. Would be wonderful if you’d been there. You would have enjoyed the moment too. Raminder is all-out gorgeous! xo

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