During the 7 Hills Run in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, Joshua Cheptegei broke a world record, but the fifth edition of Run4Usher was a record-breaker too! Last weekend, 110 runners appeared at the start of the 7 Hills Run. People suffering from Usher Syndrome and their families and friends took up the exciting challenge to run in the dark or ran the kilometres on Sunday. Many personal records were run and over €35,000 of sponsoring was collected for the Usher Syndrome Foundation. Never before such a great amount of money was collected by the Run4Usher team!
Five years ago
The Run4Usher started in November 2014 with 23 runners during the 7 Hills Run to gain more attention for Usher Syndrome. This also was the starting signal for the campaign that was held later aimed at raising more money for scientific research into a treatment. The documentary ‘The small world of Machteld Cossee’ was broadcast on television and the campaign ‘What would you choose, being deaf or being blind?’ was successful among a larger audience. Joyce de Ruiter talked with Humberto Tan at the RTL Late Night table about her disease Usher Syndrome around the first International UsherAwarenessDay. Many large and small actions were organised and many people suffering from Usher Syndrome were interviewed by radio, newspapers and magazines. The Run4Usher team grew every year and along with this more sponsoring was collected for the Usher Syndrome Foundation.
Team lifts Run4Usher to a great height
In 2017, an enthusiastic team of parents with a child suffering from Usher Syndrome organised the Run4Usher. Last year really was a great success and all expectations were surpassed. It would be difficult to exceed last year’s success in the fifth edition, but this turned out to be very well possible! With brand-new shirts especially designed for this jubilee, over 110 runners appeared with their families and friends at the start ready to pick up the challenge and an amount as high as €35,537.- was raised! (Level of 18 November).
Even more records
Many runners achieved their personal goals last weekend. Running in the dark or 15 km through the hills for the very first time. Some runners wanted to break their personal records or challenged each other to run the fastest time. Rinne Oost and his buddy were the fastest (1:12) of the teams of people suffering from Usher. Machteld Cossee and her buddy Rinne could just not keep up with this, but with her time (1:14) Machteld was the fastest woman in the 15 km. Ronald Pennings, ENT specialist and specialised in Usher Syndrome outran his younger colleagues and this made him the fastest physician in the Run4Usher team. He ran 15 km in 1:04 minutes! Rinne, former winner of the bronze medal at the Paralympics in 2012 in London in adapted cycle racing, congratulates Ronald with his achievement: ‘This is a dream for me and a great goal to go for in the coming edition of Run4Usher in 2019.’
The very fastest times were run by Mathijs Mulder (1:03:33) and Joost Gielen (1:03:46). The youngest participant Matt Lambrechts (7 years) ran 7 km in 50.35! Fantastic!
For this anniversary edition special new running shirts were designed and a large number of them was printed in three variants featuring the mascot USHIE. There is an attention-increasing shirt for people suffering from Usher Syndrome and their running buddies. Another variant shows ‘sms USHER naar 4333’ [send a text message USHER to 4333] for more donations. With their bright orange colour the shirts really were eye-catchers in the streets and during the run.
On the Saturday evening after the run a party was held in De Waagh, the upper hall of which was used by the Run4Usher team during the entire weekend. DJ Martijn took care of the music and everyone’s achievements were celebrated while enjoying a snack and a drink. At the evening itself, ‘The Voice Rogier’ spontaneously organised an action. If Rogier were given €500 for the good cause, he was willing to sing a song. The money was raised in less than half an hour and he sang the song ‘New York’ of Frank Sinatra for all the guests.
TV Omroep Gelderland
On Sunday afternoon, TV Omroep Gelderland [television broadcaster Gelderland] broadcast a three-hour life report of the 7 Hills Run. During this broadcast, a small report of the running training of Ivonne Bressers was shown. You can watch the programme through TV Omroep Gelderland. The report of the preparations of Ivonne for her 15 km you can watch here.
Arco Krijgsman and Wendy Voorn made many photos during the Run4Usher on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. You can view these here. Photo album of Saturday evening/Photo album of Sunday afternoon
Usher Syndrome Foundation says thank you to everyone who has contributed to this great event. Maike, Teun, Carolien and Willem for the entire organisation. Rick for arranging all action codes for the buddies, enabling many people suffering from Usher Syndrome to participate. Many thanks to Arco and Wendy for making photos and Martijn for taking care of the music. Thanks to funds, we were able to offer all runners a running shirt and repay the registration fees of all participants of the 7 Hills Run in the Run4Usher team.
This and the enthusiasm and commitment of all supporters, family and friends made this an unforgettable weekend!
Will you joint us (again) next year? Make a note for 16 and 17 November in your agenda already now!
Run4Usher 2018 was supported by Antea Group, Ars Donandi + Russell-ter Bruggefonds, Azerty, Beter Horen, Dirk Kuyt Foundation, Royal Auris Group, Pieters Bouwtechniek, SEP and Stichting Blindenhulp.