Following a 5 K Road Race, there was a lot of heavy lifting happening on Sunday, April 17 when a number of local athletes who are both strong and have amazing cardio stamina participated in the third annual Lift for Life & 5 K Road Race sponsored by D & D Fitness Factory.
“This competition is one of the most anticipated events on the calendar for our athletes,” said Darryl and Damien Goudreau, owners of D & D Fitness Factory located at East Main Street in Ware. “It is an opportunity for our club members to challenge their personal best and compete among fellow members, all while supporting an important cause.” Darryl Goudreau and his nephew Damien are joined by their dedicated family members and friends to champion the competition which has a charitable twist; all of the lifters’ and runners’ efforts help to raise funds for the Walk of Champions, to benefit Integrated Cancer Services at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital.
The Goudreaus’ life has been touched by cancer, and they learned through their journey that a healthy dose of community support goes a long way in the fight against cancer.
The Lift for Life & 5 K Road Race is held in memory of their sister-in-law Donna Goudreau. “Donna received outstanding care at the Baystate Regional Cancer Program at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital,” noted the Goudreaus. “Receiving care close to home at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital was important to her; she was able to be near to her family, friends and close to work, all while having access to the most current cancer care, therapeutic intervention and chemotherapy. Unfortunately, cancer is something that touches each person's life in some way," notes Goudreau. “During this event the members of D & D Fitness Factory put their strength together to support cancer care close to home in our community, something that was important to Donna and her family during her cancer journey.”
“Over 100 participated in the early morning 5 K run, and 30 weight lifters competed in the Lift for Life competition,’ noted Goudreau. “The co-ed lifting competition had 5 men’s weight classes and 1 women’s class, which included a bench press, axle bar lift and a truck pull. Many of the lifters surpassed their personal best and some lifted more than they actually weigh,” noted Goudreau as he pointed to a long list of champions from the day’s competition. “This day is also filled with laughter, good cheer and camaraderie. Even though it’s a competition, everyone cheers each other on.”
“During The Lift for Life and 5 K Road Race we celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer and remember loved ones lost to a disease that takes too much. I personally invite community members to join our team in the 2011 Walk of Champions and help make a difference in the lives of people undergoing cancer treatment through the Integrated Cancer Services at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital.”
For more information about the Walk of Champions or to find out how you can become involved, call Michelle Graci, Manager of Fund Raising Events BHF at (413) 794-7654 or by e-mail at Michelle.Graci@baystatehealth.org. Visit the Walk of Champions website.