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Peter running in a Batman costume. There are other runners behind him.
Peter Kalra participating in a past Strides For The General dressed as “BAHT (Bay Area Health Trust) Man.”
September 2, 2020

Running 10 km for 10 consecutive days

Even a pandemic can’t stop the excitement surrounding Strides For The General, the annual fundraising tradition that brings the community together to support highest priority needs at Hamilton Health Sciences’ Hamilton General Hospital (HGH), including the Regional Rehabilitation Centre (RRC).

Instead of gathering at Bayfront Park as in previous years, Strides is going virtual this year and participants are encouraged to walk 5 km, or run 5 km or 10 km in their own communities anytime between September 10 and 19.

The spirit of Strides lives on in people like Peter Kalra, president and CEO of Bay Area Health Trust which maintains a diverse portfolio of independent commercial business interests that directly or indirectly support Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS).

“I decided to run 10 km for each of the 10 consecutive days of Strides,” said Kalra, who opted to be creative in how he is participating.

“I plan to make each run unique and different by mixing things up – running on streets, on trails, during the day and during the night. I’m doing this to inspire others and encourage them to participate.”

Lifting spirits when needed most

Through his work with Bay Area Health Trust, Kalra is committed to supporting HHS and Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, which are beneficiaries of the Trust, by promoting creative entrepreneurship and partnerships that support patient care.

“Ultimately, participating in Strides is the right thing to do.”

“Participating in Strides is a natural extension of the work I do with Bay Area Health Trust,” said Kalra. “It’s another unique way that I’m able to give back to the community and highlight the important work done at HHS and The Foundation every day.”

Through his 100 km journey for Strides, Kalra wants to give people a “good-news story” during the gloom of COVID-19 and lift their spirits when smiles are in short supply. He also encourages people to participate in Strides in whatever capacity they are able.

“Not everyone has to be crazy like me and run 100 km,” he said. “Anyone can participate at any level, even if it means taking a leisurely stroll around the block. What’s important is that you get involved, make a difference and have fun doing it.”

Making a real difference

Funds raised at this year’s Strides For The General, which is in its 10th year, will support highest priority needs at St. Peter’s Hospital in addition to HGH and the RRC.

At the end of the day, Kalra is most excited about making a real difference in people’s lives.

“Ultimately, participating in Strides is the right thing to do. This is a fun way to make a positive impact on patient care and thank the amazing teams at HHS and at The Foundation. I’m looking forward to the challenge of running 100 km and reaching the final stretch!”

Kalra’s daily updates during Strides can be found on Twitter.