Mark Gives Back to Youth Mental Health and Juvenile Arthritis

Mark Trenton is a busy accountant by day, but in his spare time he is also a marathon runner and race consultant to various charitable groups.  When Team Unbreakable created a Toronto school program, he stepped up to help organize the first Bold and Cold 5k and he continues to be involved.

On Sunday Oct. 20 he will be the race director for the Art in Motion 10K/5K/2K in Kleinburg, a race he founded to help raise money for Juvenile Arthritis and SickKids Hospital. Mark says he was motivated to fundraise for Juvenile Arthritis (JA) after his daughter was diagnosed with symptoms at 7-years-old.  For nine years he was a founding member and organizer of the Toronto A Midsummer Night’s 30K Run with proceeds from the event going to JA at SickKids.

With an expanded series of events (a 10K, and new 5K and 2K Family Run/Walk) in this years race, Mark saw an opportunity. “Why not allow Team Unbreakable to use our excess capacity to fundraise for their cause, too!” A separate registration page was set up to allow supporters of Team Unbreakable to register and collect tax deductible donations that go exclusively to Team Unbreakable. A group from Team Unbreakable, the Kingsway Fit Mums, have already registered for this year’s race and raised over $500 for Team Unbreakable. You can register for the Team Unbreakable Art In Motion at https://raceroster.com/events/2019/25009/tu-art-in-motion-10k

Art in Motion features a spectacular fall trail run at the Boyd Conservation Area.  There is a VIP program with a host of perks for people who can fundraise for the event, including a guided tour of the McMichael Art Gallery in Kleinburg.  In its third year, the Art in Motion run continues to increase in size and $38,000 has been raised in just the past two years. The focus of the run is on awareness and fundraising. Corporate sponsors like Telax are helping and it has provided free registrations for JA fundraisers who raise more than $150.

Mark and his team started a scholarship program for kids with arthritis. Aurora Tupechka is the 2019 scholarship award winner who is in fourth year university as a biology major. She writes, “I’m very fortunate that there is a treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Despite my treatment, I still have to deal with the symptoms that my peers do not and I have found ways to overcome these struggles.”

Mark has also supported Team Unbreakable by being the first person to run 1,000 kilometres and raised a $1 for every kilometer along the way.  He has seen up close how depression and mental illness impacts people that are close to him and his family.  That is why he was willing to help with Team Unbreakable when asked. Last year he ran the Chicago marathon and has now completed 30 marathons.

“We can’t thank Mark enough for his continued support.  He knowledge of racing events and the details involved in working with the city is invaluable to us,” says Nils Blondon, Program Coordinator for Team Unbreakable.

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