Co-Founders, Lead Organizers, and Running (Shoe) Enthusiasts…
Kurtis is a Registered Massage Therapist at Health in Focus in Kingston, Ontario. His passion for sport and an active lifestyle has guided his practice to be built around supporting the local Kingston sports community, and specifically the running community. This interest in helping local runners and athletes, combined with his involvement and experiences in the running scene as a recreational distance runner, have helped shape the vision of this organization. As a father of four young children, Kurtis understands and sees first hand the difference living an active lifestyle and being involved in sport can make for kids. Unfortunately, there are many children missing out on the opportunity to participate in physical education in schools, or join their friends in organized sport because they do not have the appropriate footwear. Kurtis is determined to help make that change. He is driven to make sure that access to shoes is no longer a barrier to sport participation for local youth. The ReRUN Shoe Project is the first step to achieving this. It’s a project that is simple in theory, but life changing in practice.
Julie-Anne is a MSc student at Queen’s University, studying sport psychology. With a passion for high performance sport and understanding coach practices, Julie-Anne’s research is grounded in her experiences as a competitive distance runner. Julie-Anne has competed at the varsity level for five years, representing Queen’s nationally and internationally, becoming the first student-athlete at Queen’s to be a 5-Time All-Canadian. Sponsored by New Balance Canada, Julie-Anne is chasing her athletic dreams alongside her academic endeavours, as she hopes to make future national teams, and one day, represent Canada on the world stage. With an abundance of shoes from miles of training, Julie-Anne is passionate about giving back and sharing her love of the sport. In volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and helping organize the Just Girlz Running Club, this first-hand experience with youth is what made this project her mission. Julie-Anne believes there should be no barriers to sport participation, and providing proper footwear is one step in making that change. Therefore, ReRUN is more than just an organization for collecting shoes, it is about giving back and making a difference in a child’s life—for the long run.
Danae is an undergraduate Neuroscience student at the University of Alberta. Her goal is to pursue a career in Medicine to obtain a meaningful role that helps people and inspires progressive change. When she’s not studying, she’s either running or spending time with family- or both. Growing up in a running family, Danae has experience in marathon and ultra-marathon running, and more recently, competing at the Varsity level. She endeavours to contribute to the running community through volunteering at local races and track meets. Danae’s passion for an active lifestyle coupled with her desire to give back to the community have prompted her to join The ReRUN Shoe Project. ReRUN is an opportunity to turn shoes from many miles into many smiles.