A Winnipeg man spent his Boxing Day running the equivalent of more than two marathons. And it was all for a good cause.
Junel Malapad was once again raising money for Siloam Mission through his annual Boxing Day run.
Donations to Siloam Mission from Malapad's event this year are reaching $5,500 with $2,196 collected during the run. There was also a "runner's aid station" collecting warm clothing for Siloam Mission. Last night Malapad was able to drop off two carloads of donations.
It's very heartwarming to be able to say I'm going to do this, and have like-minded people come on board.
Five years ago, Malapad told his running group that on Boxing Day he wanted to "run instead of shop." His motivation for "the love of running" is what made him run 100 kilometres the first year. After gathering attention from others wanting to support him, Malapad is using the event as an opportunity to raise funds for Siloam Mission.
This year Malapad was joined by other runners wanting to support him. At one point 20 people joined him during the run.
"The running community is strong here in Winnipeg," Malapad says. "It's very heartwarming to be able to say I'm going to do this, and have like-minded people come on board."
Malapad is thankful to his friends and family for helping him this year. He says "it's the people behind the scenes that step up and help out" that make his run possible.
The 49-year-old runner the no stranger to marathons. He has been running for 13 years and participates in Ultramarathons of 100 kilometres or more. Last year he ran 241 kilometres on Boxing Day.
"One hundred kilometres is a manageable number for myself and is also still a challenge," Malapad says about why he choose this distance.
Malapad is spending the day recovering by watching TV and "eating as much as (he) can."