LFW Top Picks for Summer Runs and Walks
Jun07

LFW Top Picks for Summer Runs and Walks

Summer has finally hit the Fort, which means it’s perfect outside for a run! That being said, Living Fort Wayne has assembled a list of runs and walks for this Summer season! What’s also perfect is how many runs and walks we have in Fort Wayne to participate in. Don’t miss out on these opportunities to not only better yourself, but help our community raise money for organizations. Frontier Run’n Fun 5k When: Saturday, June 18th Where: 8001 West Jefferson Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46804 Time: 7 pm Cost: $35 A run hosted by Frontier and managed by Fort Wayne Running Company, this event promises a good time running through Southwest Fort Wayne trails. Shirts will be handed out and an after party will be thrown with refreshments and live music. There will also be a 10k course for those who dare to do such a thing.   RibFest 5k & Walk When: Saturday, June 18th Where: Headwaters Park Time: 8 am Cost: $20 until June 14th, $25 until June 17th Ribs and running? Sign me up! All participants will receive not only one but TWO FREE passes to this year’s RibFest, a free t-shirt, and other swag to take home after the race. All proceeds will go to the North Side High School Athletics!   Quakers Riverway 5k When: Saturday, June 18th Where: Johnny Appleseed Park Time: 6:30 pm Cost: $20 until June 17th, $25 day of race Race for a cause! Awards and prizes will be handed out following the race. There’s even a FREE kids run at 7:30 pm! Also, Weigand Construction will be hosting their 28th Annual Duck Race to benefit SCAN following the run. Not to mention a legendary after party with kids activities and fireworks. All proceeds will go towards SCAN and their mission to educate others on how to Stop Child Abuse and Neglect.   Fox Island Sprint Triathlon When: Sunday, June 19th Where: Fox Island County Park Time: 7 am Cost: $50 for USAT members and $65 for non-USAT members This is not for the faint of heart, folks. Triathlon includes a 500m swim, 20k bike, and 5k run with other options for duathlon and aquabike courses. Come trek these trails in this beautiful park and have fun winning the race!   The Glo Run When: Friday, June 24th Where: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Time: 9:35 pm Cost: $29.99 for Early Bird (ends June 8th), Regular $60 Who doesn’t love the ’80s? If you do, join us at the Glo Run! Filled with neon lights and funky ’80s dance music, this is an event I will definitely be signing up for! You...

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Faces of the Fort: Jeff Bredemeier
Aug07

Faces of the Fort: Jeff Bredemeier

Jeff Bredemeier went on his first mission trip to Haiti with Impact for Jesus in November, 2013.  His wife, Andrea, was on her second trip to the impoverished nation. Their destination was the rural villages in the western mountains of the country to deliver water filtration systems to areas with little to no access to fresh water. On the flight, Jeff was reading a book about an ultramarathoner who ran his races for charity. He was inspired and decided to create a charity for Haiti based around his triathlons. Throughout the trip, he pinpointed exactly what was going to happen for his charity and what the money would be raised for. “The biggest thing in Haiti is that 90% of the Haitians don’t have clean drinking water or source of running water and 80% of them lack proper sanitation,” Jeff said. “In those villages in that area of Haiti, animal and human waste is all getting dumped in their systems, which leads to sicknesses and death. “One out of eight children don’t even reach the age of five due to cholera and unclean drinking water.” Jeff was already wanting to do an Ironman triathlon, which is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 bike, and a full 26.2 mile marathon, but he wanted a purpose behind it. While in Haiti, Jeff and Andrea helped distribute more than 400 filtration systems. “In some villages, the kids have to walk 30-45 minutes to get to some sort of water source,” Jeff said. “With education, we can teach them how to create cisterns and water collection areas. “I was actually able to go down there and carry up a bucket of water (like they have to). It was really humbling because I’m carrying a five-gallon bucket, with difficulty, and they’re carrying it on their head, barefoot, up rocky hills.” The filtration bucket systems cost about $65 and have a lifetime of 10 years or almost 1 million gallons of water. The system is similar to the filters used in kidney dialysis (.1 microns). Now, nine months later, Jeff is training to compete in the August 23 Ironman in Louisville, Kentucky. His charity, Tri 4 Haiti, is working with Impact for Jesus to once again distribute water filtration systems in the rural villages that do not have access to clean drinking water. Donations are accepted through THIS PAGE and are processed by Impact for Jesus, the charity that sponsored Jeff and Andrea’s original...

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