The annual Run for Calgary event, organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, is benefitting The Mustard Seed this year. The charity event, held in late September, included a three kilometre walk or run and a competitive seven kilometre run, with Jaret Giroux coming in first place. 

“First is fun,” Giroux says. “It was a great run, beautiful day, great to be out and enjoying Calgary and the fall weather.”

Jaret Giroux places first in the 7K run. PHOTO: SAMREEN AHMED

Giroux is also the housing manager for The Mustard Seed and recognizes the importance of raising money for the cause. 

“I see on a daily basis the needs for people coming out of poverty, homelessness [and] mental health issues,” Giroux says. “It’s just a natural thing to be a part of this event and support it.”

Run for Calgary committee member Ayoon Ahmad recognizes the bigger picture behind the event.

“Other than the physical activity that you’re doing, raising awareness for the cause is always important,” he says.

See more in our video from the event:

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