24 hours of Tunnel

A huge THANK YOU to Mari Sakamoto for painting the image for this year’s logo shown above, and to Jim Kwan at Defending Awesome for the text!

Donations received to date: $2000+ 

1. PREFERRED – via PayPal or etransfer to 24hoursoftunnel@gmail.com (no tax receipt)
2. Cash in person to Tyler, Saki or Scott (no tax receipt)
3. Online to the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF). PLEASE send an email to 24hoursoftunnel@gmail.com after donating to the IBPF, to ensure that your donation is added to our total.

Please note: IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A TAX RECEIPT, we’d greatly appreciate you donating to the IBPF directly.

Media coverage of the event
Pre-recorded interview on MountainFM Canmore
Newspaper article in Crag and Canyon Banff (page 28)
Live interview on 630AM CHED Edmonton


Defending Awesome – creating the logo and t-shirts for us since 2015, as well as event promotion

lululemon Banff – gifting me amazing clothing for three years running, as well as event promotion

Atmosphere Banff – gifted Saki, Tyler and I gift certificates to use for gear

Are you actually hiking Tunnel Mtn for 24 hours straight?
Tyler, Saki and I are! This is not a relay for us. We intend to take a 20-30 min break every six hours. Anyone can join us for a lap. We already have people joining us for the overnight portion which is greatly appreciated.

Who are you raising money for?
Donations received by us will be split 50/50 with the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) and the Banff Community High School (BCHS) athletic department. Donations made directly to the IBPF will be added to our total however not shared with BCHS.

What does the money raised actually go towards?
The IBPF uses our donations to help pay the costs for incredible resources which are freely available to anyone. Those resources included printed materials, online webinars, and various outreach programs that they lead.

BCHS uses our donations to help pay for experiences and sports equipment for students in financial need. Last year our donations helped pay for two things. The first was snow pants which have been added to the school’s inventory. The second was students’ lift passes and rentals during a Lake Louise ski day.

Why are you raising money for the IBPF and BCHS?
I have greatly benefitted from the resources that the IBPF provides. They having so much available on their website for people like myself who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2000. I have personally been to their office in San Diego and know firsthand that it is a small organization. They put a very high percentage of donations received into actual use…not overhead.

I used to be a school teacher and have immense respect for what the BCHS athletic department does for students. Saki has coached the boy’s volleyball team at BCHS for years. He’s also been running community drop-in volleyball at the high school on Wednesday nights for eons!

What is the theme of this year’s hike?
“Together is Better”. Building a solid and reliable support network, as well as reaching out when required, are both so important. Especially for those of us living with a diagnosed mental illness.

During the first 9 years of my bipolar journey I attempted to do it on my own. Now I know that Together is Better!

Can I join?
Yes! Anyone can join us hiking up Tunnel Mountain.

First and last lap
Start of first lap: 7pm Wed Jul 10
Start of last lap: approx 5:45pm-6pm Thur Jul 11
We’d love as many people as possible to join us for either or both of these! You could help carry me up to the top on the last lap lol.

What do I bring if I’m coming?
Activewear – runners/hiking boots, comfortable wicking clothing, layers
Food and snacks
Cash to donate (optional)

How can I follow along during the event?
I will be doing many updates in real time including live videos on my personal Facebook page. I will be doing an update each lap when we’re at the top.

Event details
Start time: 7pm on Wed July 10
Start/finish location: Bottom of Tunnel Mountain trail at the St Julien Rd parking lot
Finish time: 7pm on Thur July 11

Will you be taking breaks?
We plan to take a 20-30 min break every 6 hours. So at approximately 1am, 7am, and 1pm. Or sooner when nature calls!

Are you nervous?
I am as I’ve never done a 24 hour event before! My mental health and self care are my top priorities during this event. If at any point I am not doing well mentally I will pull out. Personally I don’t anticipate that happening however I know it is a possibility. The longest event I’ve ever done was last year’s 6 Peaks Lake Louise where we hiked for almost 18.5 hours including breaks.

What do you plan on eating and drinking during the event?
Saki and I are fortunate to have Tyler’s expertise in this regard. Tyler is an ultra-marathon runner. On a few long hikes in the next few weeks I’ll be experimenting with a powder that mixes into water. It takes care of my calorie, hydration, and electrolyte needs. On previous fundraising hikes my stomach would sometimes not feel good or I wouldn’t eat enough. This powder takes care of everything so I would be only drinking and not eating. Personally I love the simplicity of this. More and more ultra-marathoners use a product like this.

We welcome them! Please email us at 24hoursoftunnel@gmail.com .

Videos from previous bipolar awareness and fundraising hikes

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