Winnipeg’s Junel Malapad has a unique Boxing Day custom. Yearly on December 26, he runs 100 kilometres in assist of the Siloam Mission homeless shelter. Boxing Day has formally been “Working Day” since 2015, and this yr he’s upping the ante. As a substitute of operating 100K, the 51-year-old shall be operating for 48 hours to lift funds for the shelter.
“The previous few years I’ve run 100 kilometres,” Malapad mentioned in an interview with CTV. “This yr it’ll be 48 hours, which might take me as much as 200 kilometres.”
He goes on to elucidate that the Siloam Mission has achieved quite a bit to assist unsheltered folks in his group, and he loves utilizing operating as a means for him to assist out. This isn’t the primary time Malapad has tackled a distance like this, and he’s achieved a number of 48-hour runs up to now. In 2020, the ultramarathoner ran 50 kilometres 50 occasions all year long to rejoice his fiftieth birthday.
The run shall be self-supported, however others are invited to hitch him for parts if they want, taking the required precautions for COVID security. Malapad started his run at 11 am on Sunday, and people who need to assist him domestically can drop off hygiene gadgets and non-perishable meals on the Inn on the Forks, the place he shall be establishing his personal assist station. “Siloam Mission has a wishlist like males’s clothes, denims, footwear, after all some heat jackets, cough drugs and a few issues like that they really want,” says Malapad.
At the moment, he has raised almost $12,000 of his $20,000 aim, and supporters can donate by visiting his web site.