Staying active and healthy in Ottawa
This weekend our City will be turned into race courses and participants from far and wide will be coming to run or cheer others. The Ottawa Race Weekend includes the 2K, 5K, 10K, 21.1K and 42.2K races. Running is a great activity for those who are able to do it. This weekend also attracts great tourists who join to enjoy our beautiful nation’s capital at its best.
On Sunday, I will be doing the 21.1K race (half-marathon distance) in the spirit of trying to finish rather than striving for a time goal. Running has been a gift that I have been able to enjoy for many years and I am grateful for being able to do it. It has given me the opportunity to explore the city on a personal level, and that has been such a positive learning experience. Running also has given me a chance to meet many wonderful people in the community. I realize it is not an activity for everyone and not even possible for many others. My mantra has always been that it doesn’t matter what physical activity you choose but do something! Going for a walk or riding a bike or curling or golfing with friends. It’s all about getting out and moving to the best of your ability, and also enjoying the company of other like-minded people. My job as a City Councillor is to continue to make the City a positive outdoor experience, whether be exploring our parks or walking to the store.
My love of running and biking were what gave me the determination to make our City accessible by all. We all should be able to explore our City safely whether by walking, cycling, or by using public transit. We do need to improve our transit infrastructure.
Healthy cities is where getting around without a car is safe, comfortable and doable.
We have had a tough winter so let’s get out and enjoy the tulips.
Have a great weekend!