It has been a while. I hope you are all doing well. Sorry for the absence, but there really hasn’t been much to write about until now. My family is gearing up for the Niagara Falls International marathon. This will be the first time that my entire family gets to ‘race’. But this year will look very different than it has in the past! At the request of my wife and my aunt, Deb the Great, now the curator of the Niagara Falls Art Gallery and Children’s Museum, I will be running the 1/2 marathon to get to spend more time with my family (enjoy a family dinner the night before but then get to go to family lunch after the race). So the plan is that I will run the 1/2 marathon, Deb the Great, will walk the 1/2 marathon and my two children (aged 7 and 9) will participate in the schools challenge (with my wife), which is pretty cool. They run a 2km race the day of the other races with other school aged children after doing 4o.2 km of running at school as part of the Physical Education and Daily Physical Education program. Although excited about their race (and with the experience of having competed in a wide variety of kids triathlons and running races), they are nervous but understand that they are doing this running challenge to help continue the legacy of Brian the Great.
For those new to reading this blog, these posts all started out of documenting my journey of running my first marathon, in my hometown, in memory of my Uncle, Brian Smylski, formerly the curator and artistic director of the Niagara Falls Children’s Museum, who succumbed to Non Hodgkins Lymphoma in March 2011. That took place in October of 2013. I ran the marathon again the following year in October 2014 and then this year, my family joins me!
The intention was to run in his name and memory and raise some much needed money to support educational programming at the Niagara Falls Children’s Musuem. The response was overwhelming. Thanks to the generous donations from my family and friends, we were able to raise much needed funds to support the innovative and creative programs at the Niagara Falls Children’s Museum, but also to continue Brian the Greats legacy. We continue use this legacy again this year. So please get off of your wallet and donate money, not necessary for me, but for my kids, who will be training over the next 6 weeks to run 40.2 km to complete the last 2 km of the accumulated marathon distance at the same time I am running the 1/2 marathon. That is an impressive feat for a 7 and 9 year old.
There will be more to come. Stay tuned and please don’t be shy about sharing this blog with anyone to help spread the word about our run and to inform people of the legacy of Brian the Great!
————————————————————————————-For more information on Andy and family running the Niagara Falls Marathon in October 2015 in memory of his uncle, Brian the Great, or to make a donation, please see the link on the homepage of the museum website at http://www.niagarachildrensmuseum.ca/. Help Andy and his family keep Brian the Great’s legacy alive!