Shelagh Germyn will be joined by Bob Wall as the two marathoners run from Nanaimo to Campbell River to support Women For Women.

Epic run begins Friday

Two Campbell River runners plan to cover more than 100 miles in 26 hours to support local women's programs

Shelagh Germyn has put a lot of miles on her running shoes.

The Campbell River resident has raced every distance from 5-100 kilometres, including many marathons. She’s run to Victoria for charity. This year, at age 56, she ran the West Coast Trail, but she’s never run 100 miles straight.

That will change on Friday, when she and her running partner, Bob Wall of Campbell River, will complete a non-stop run from Nanaimo to Campbell River.

They will start at the Nanaimo Women’s Centre and run all the way to the Carihi Secondary School field in Campbell River to make Saturday’s 9:30 a.m. start for the 10th annual “Women For Women Run.”

This trail mix challenge includes 5 km, 10 km and kids’ run in support of the Women for Women Bursary Foundation.

For the past decade, this foundation has helped single mothers attend North Island College. This year the foundation has broadened its support to include the Campbell River Women’s Centre and the New Dawn House.

Raised by a single mother herself, Germyn has a deep appreciation of the services these organizations provide to women in need.

Germyn and Wall will be leaving Nanaimo early Friday and plan to run through the day and night, completing the epic run in 26 hours. They would be grateful for running company during any stage of the journey and for any financial support.

Pledges of money or companionship can be made on the Women for Women Facebook page where more information can be found, including details of the race.