As February draws to a close, so does Heart Month. But not without a grand finale.
On Feb. 26, M.U.S.H.E.R.S. (Making Unique Siberian Husky Experiences Running Sleds) will help raise funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation while promoting active outdoor living through Tails on the Trails.
Jennifer Crawford, owner of M.U.S.H.E.R.S., will have a team of dogs harnessed up to give sled rides on her property, which includes a natural skating rink, sliding hill and ski trails — all of which will be open to the public.
Crawford said she decided to get involved in Heart Month because she believes in the value of fresh air and exercise. “I really enjoy getting people outdoors and active,” she said. “When they do dog sledding, they get a full body workout.”
The 21-year-old has been running M.U.S.H.E.R.S. for the past three years. This is the first time she has partnered with another organization.
She said since the Heart and Stroke Foundation also promotes and encourages healthy active lifestyles, the fit seemed natural.
Karen McNally, program co-ordinator with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Sudbury and Manitoulin District, said she's looking forward to Tails on the Trails. “It's promoting physical fitness, heart healthy activities, being outdoors and enjoying our winter months,” she said. While the cold weather typically keeps people indoors, McNally said it's nice to be able to “experience something outside.”
Other community groups have also held fundraisers throughout February to help the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Schools have hosted sporting tournaments, restaurants have donated partial proceeds from certain menu items and other businesses are promoting heart health through office campaigns. McNally said the Foundation is hoping to raise $11,000 by the end of the month.
Tails on the Trails runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Feb. 26 at Crawford's facility, located at 492 Little Brule Rd. in St. Charles. Admission is $15 per person, or $45 for a family of four. “It's going to be a fun-filled events for all age groups, young and old,” McNally said.
For more information, visit www.sledtours.ca or phone Crawford at 705-867-1247.