Sudbury Rocks: Why do you run?

by Sudbury Sports Staff | May 1, 2013
Wismer sisters

Sisters Megan (left) and Katie Wismer will participate in the Sudbury Rocks Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes again this year. PHOTO SUPPLIED


Megan Wismer

“I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of eight, and I don’t really remember a life without having it. It’s been difficult to keep both my blood sugar in check and myself completely healthy, especially in my teenage years. I love sports and any physical activity, and though it can sometimes be difficult — like preventing myself from having low blood sugar during a run — I do my best to keep up. I try to live as normal a life as I can, and while at times it has been challenging, so far I’ve been able to do it. Any contribution to finding the cure for diabetes, or to even creating new technology to aid those with diabetes (my fingers have been pricked far too many times for my liking) would be awesome! Essentially, I think this run is great; it supports diabetes research, and it can be a good motivator to get in shape. My family and I will be participating in the Sudbury Rocks Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes, and we hope to see you there.”


Katie Wismer

“The first time I ran the Sudbury Rocks Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes was in 2006, three years after my sister had been diagnosed with diabetes. I was 12 years old then, not in great shape, and the biggest motivation for me to trudge through those five kilometers was to get the dilly bar at the finish line. Since 2006, I have grown a little older, raced a little faster, and participated in the Sudbury Rocks race six times. Each year, I have run the race for different reasons — some years to prepare for track and field season, other years just for fun, but the motivator that has remained constant throughout the years was to contribute toward the cure for diabetes. Having watched my sister grow up with the disease, I have seen the complications and struggles it inflicts upon an individual. The injections, needles, and complete change in lifestyle my sister has grown up with is a lot to impose upon an adult, let alone a child. Like my sister, I admire the race in that it brings Sudbury together as a community to raise money for a good cause. To those whose lives have been affected by diabetes, or those wishing to support the search for a cure, I hope to see you out on May 12.”


What you need to know about race day

In its eighth year, the Sudbury Rocks Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes is going the extra mile in raising funds for diabetes education and research. Staged at the YMCA in downtown Sudbury, Northern Ontario’s largest distance event is slated to take place on May 12, which is also Mother’s Day.

Since 2006, about 25,000 people have participated in the annual event, and more than $250,000 has been raised in support of diabetes education and research. The goal for this year’s campaign is to attract 2,500 runners and walkers, and to raise $100,000 for the Canadian Diabetes Association.

The event offers a challenge to everyone, with distances of five- and 10-kilometres, a half marathon and full marathon, which is also a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. The marathon can also be completed as a relay team.  Kids are invited to try the one-kilometre fun run, free of charge.

To sign up or volunteer for the Sudbury Rocks Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes, visit

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