Friday may be a holiday for most of the University’s employees, but it’s no day off for Emily Allan.
Sometime around mid-afternoon June 30, the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences staff member will be running across the Brock campus as she nears the finale of an epic three-week marathon of nearly 900 km along the entire length of the Bruce Trail.
Allan has already raised more than $23,000 for Cystic Fibrosis research. She set off June 10 from Tobermory, and despite days of miserable running conditions due to excessive rainfall, she’s keeping to her plan of crossing the finish line this Canada Day (Saturday) at the Bruce Trail’s southern terminus on Queenston Heights.
But on Friday she will be passing through the Brock campus, where friends and backers are invited to cheer on the determined runner in the penultimate leg of her trek. Allan’s effort has been sponsored by the University and generously supported by many individual employees.
Allan, who is also Brock’s varsity cross-country coach, is expected to reach campus sometime after 2:45 pm Friday. She will approach the campus along the Escarpment brow from the east, emerge behind the tennis courts and run behind Walker Complex, past Alphies and then back onto the forest trails behind Decew Residence.
Supporters can get updates on her progress and expected arrival time by checking the End to End CF website.
On Saturday July 1, people are also invited to run or walk along with Allan as she does the final 7 km of her mission, from Firemen’s Park in Niagara Falls to Queenston Heights. Walkers should depart Firemen’s Park by 10:30 or 11 am, and runners by 11:30 am.
Allan will pass Firemen’s Park at approximately 12:30 pm, and should catch up with any supporters as they all reach the finish line.
A free shuttle service provided by Brock alumnus Crispin Bottomley will take people from Queenston Heights back to their vehicles at Firemen’s Park.