“We knew it was going to be downhill, but the first stretch ended up being relentless and was partly the reason for me only making 65km” said Jennings-Bates, adding “It was still the longest run I have ever done, but now it is unfinished business... I will be back to complete it!”
Along with Jennings-Bates and his wife was a team of people from Kelowna, who started running and training in the summer and each raised funds for the charity Rally4Life who are supporting the work of Kelowna area residents Kim and Lyn Weiler in Guatemala. “The team did exceptionally well, starting from ground zero with a running program and each of them completing 25 to 35 kilometres in the relay portion of the event. We were extremely proud of them all.” stated Jackie Jennings-Bates, the chair of the Rally4Life Foundation, who herself ran 35km.
Jim Bates, President of the Fresh Air stores sees potential in the relationship, “We have not finished crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s yet, but we see potential in working together with Mark and the Rally4Life organisation. His focus on providing clean water and air for poor people around the world fits well with our brand and of course he is an advocate for an outdoor lifestyle. We are excited to be in partnership with them and look forward to working with them on future projects”
For now, Jennings-Bates is preparing for his next significant adventure, the Wings of Kilimanjaro (www.wingsofkilimanjaro.com)
In January he will be holding a fund-raising party to help raise the charity he funds he has committed to raising for this project. “I hope people will join us at this fun event. We will have music, food, good times and of course a silent auction. People can get more information at www.markjenningsbates.com”