Abby flies through the Edmonton Marathon

September 1st, 2014 by Danny Boren

August 24th was a perfect day in Edmonton, when Abby Huyser-Wierenga lined up with more than 500 other racers at the starting line of the Edmonton Marathon.  She had already beat her fundraising goal of $6000 for the event by raising $7515 ($6120 in Canada and $1395 in the US) and now she was setting out with a race goal time of 3:30 – an incredibly fast marathon pace.

Abby Edmonton Marathon 2With a strong cheering section, including her fiancé, her Mom & Dad, sisters, grandma and two of her aunts – Abby was propelled on by her goal and by the support of her family.  Bright green Team CHM shirts would pop out of the crowd at multiple locations along the course as her cheering squad moved along the route shouting out words of encouragement.

Within the first few miles Abby knew she was going to have a great day, and she passed the 3:30 pace runner – blazing ahead, driven on by the cause she was racing for – a cure for Choroideremia (CHM).  Abby ran for the cause, and ran for everyone who is impacted by CHM – but most of all she ran for her Dad who was there cheering her on throughout the event.

Abby Edmonton Marathon 1When Abby crossed the finish line, after 26.2 miles of sustained effort, the time clock read 3:15:14.  She had smashed her time goal, exceeded her fundraising goal, and was one of the top women finishers in the entire race.

Congratulations Abby on a great race, and on an incredible fundraising success!

Support Abby’s incredible efforts by donating to her U.S. fundraising page by clicking Here.

Or to her Fundraising Page in Canada by clicking Here.