Peterborough resident Lucas Werger completed his ‘Run To The Sun’ Ultra Marathon in Maui, Hawaii on December 3rd. In doing so, the 41 year-old has raised funds for Team Unbreakable, a charity that is dear to his own heart. He is currently still accepting donations through his website, www.runtothesun.ca.
Lucas suffers from Body Dysmorphic Disorder, a distinct mental health disorder in which a person is preoccupied with an imagined physical defect or a minor defect that others often cannot see. It has caused him severe anxiety and depression throughout his life. He has been on a journey since the beginning of the year to share his story, raise awareness, and begin to heal himself through running.
“The run was a success!” reports Lucas. “I went off track a bit three quarters of the way through, but the new tracks that I found gave me an experience greater than I imagined”.
Lucas scheduled to start his run at 6:00 am that Monday morning, but didn’t end up starting until close to 8:00 am, and as a result, he lost available daylight as he reached 8000′ marking his long descent of 1300′ down into the crater of the Haleakala Volcano. And as Lucas explained via email, “Once making it to the crater floor, the sun went down, a major cloud swell came up the Koolau Gap, consumed myself and the running partner that was with me on the final leg. It took away our visibility and we lost the trail. After that neither of us had any idea of where the summit even was. So the entire night was spent moving around the crater in an attempt to find anything that resembled a trail.”
“But eight hours lost in the volcano was quite an amazing experience. It could have been a bad situation, but I was in good spirits, I was carrying enough food and water, and I was aware enough to dress accordingly for the temperature drop. And luckily, I did not injure myself along the way,” he said.
The early morning hours brought a clearing, and they managed to connect onto the proper trail. And although his pacer was cold and exhausted from the nights events, Lucas was full of excitement and energy and began his push to the top on his own. During his final few miles, Lucas witnessed a spectacular Haleakala sunrise awakening his spirit even more, and putting the perfect finishing touch to his 24 hour adventure from the sea. At 6:30 am he reconnected with his much relieved aid crew, who had spent 12 hours camped out a few hundred feet below the summit waiting for him. Shortly after a joyous reunion, Lucas, completed his last mile to the Pu’u ‘Ula’ula peak of Haleakala, and standing at 10,023’ he revelled in his accomplishment.
Our congratulations to Lucas for this incredible achievement after so much training and commitment to his objective and for raising money for Team Unbreakable along the way. If you would still like to donate go to www.runtothesun.ca
If you have been inspired by Lucas and his ultramarathon and training, you can always join the Team Unbreakable 1000 challenge and raise money and awareness for youth mental health through supporting of our charity. Run 1000Km and raise $1000 for youth mental health. There is no deadline to complete it! All you have to do is:
- ’Register by clicking HERE’
- Once you are registered, you can add to your total distance completed by clicking on the ‘edit’ button, on the dropdown menu click ‘update progress’.
- Get your friends and family to help you fundraise by clicking on ‘donate’
- You are now ready to start running and fundraising!