35 hours and 21 minutes,
161.50 kilometres (100 miles) and almost $6,000 raised
for the Northern Cancer Foundation! While my feet
had a blister party, my mind and body felt strong!
To my tribe! I am one lucky girl to
call all of you my friends. I could not have survived
34 hours without you. You helped me get through the
blisters, the night and this long journey, kept me
smiling and had amazing conversations and fun along
the way! Saw a bear, a deer, a large snapping turtle
(which I think it grew every time I described it lol)
a baby beaver, a bunny and a snake.
To family that came to the finish
line that helped give me the extra push I needed to
Thank you to everyone who supported
me by donating to the NCF, who brought me fuel (treats
and snacks) and encouragement!
There is still time to support https://www.ncfsudbury.com/…/lizs-self-isolation-100-and-m…/
We did it 100 miles! Thank you. I
could not have done it alone!
the distance: Cancer foundation staffer runs 100 miles
at Kivi Park, raises $6K
Mary-Elizabeth Schweyer loves running ultra-marathons,
and when her summer races were cancelled, she decided
to run one by herself for a good cause
Heidi Ulrichsen Sudbury.com
has really gone the distance for the Northern Cancer
Foundation — literally.
Over the weekend, she
ran 100 miles (that’s about 161 kilometres)
in Kivi Park, raising nearly $6,000 for the foundation.
manager of events and marketing with the Northern
Cancer Foundation, took 35 hours and 21 minutes to
accomplish her goal. She started her run at 5:11 a.m.
Saturday, and finished at 4:32 p.m. Sunday.
The mother of two young
girls explains that she loves running ultramarathons,
but the two events she had planned to enter this summer
were cancelled due to COVID-19.
That includes the Mad
Trapper Backyard Ultra, which was supposed to take
place this coming weekend in Gatineau, Que.
Schweyer explains this
is actually a “death race,” or one without
a predetermined end. The winner is the last person
She was planning to run
100 miles in that race, which is how she chose her
distance for the Northern Cancer Foundation fundraiser.
Speaking to Sudbury.com
on Monday, Schweyer said her muscles were pretty sore
and her feet blistered, but other than that, she was
During her run, she always
had at least one other runner along with her for safety
reasons — some people actually start to hallucinate
after running for so many hours — although there
were only a few people on site at the park at one
Many members of Sudbury’s
running community kept her company, along with family
and friends. Her young daughters even ran a few kilometres
She said her mind and
body stayed strong throughout her run. If it weren’t
for the blisters that formed on her feet after about
50 kilometres, she figures she would have finished
“For me, distance
does not scare me at all,” she said. “I
know my body can do it. I’m really determined
in my mind with running.”
Schweyer said she would
run for an hour along some of the less technical trails
in Kivi Park, and then spend a few minutes in the
aid tent, where she would eat and a volunteer would
check on her battered feet, which they tended to with
bandages and duct tape.
During the run, “we
actually saw a bear, a deer, a bunny, a big snapping
turtle and a snake … which is amazing because
I’ve never seen any wildlife there when I’m
there,” she said. “It’s neat to
see that throughout the day.”
She said she’s
extremely proud of completing the 100-mile run. The
longest race she’d done previously was 100 kilometres.
really happy I got to do it,” Schweyer said.
“You know what? As hard as it was to have those
races cancelled, it almost meant more to me to be
able to do it here with my family and friends and
in my hometown.
have any ultras here in Sudbury. They don’t
get to experience that with me. So it was nice to
have them there and see me finish and be able to soak
it in with me. Usually just me either by myself, or
with my one friend. It was extremely, extremely special
for me to do it here.”
In case you’re
impressed with Schweyer’s accomplishment and
would like to donate to the Northern Cancer Foundation
in her name,
this page on the cancer foundation’s website.