The Transplant Trot: the best five-km you'll walk

By Geoff Lee

January 21, 2016 10:57 AM

Exactly 200 people have registered online for what will be the first indoor winter Transplant Trot in Canada.
The five-km run/walk is being presented by the Canadian Transplant Association and the Running Room   to promote the need for organ and tissue donors.
Regional CTA coordinator and race director, Donna Krilow-Lorenz, said she’s overwhelmed by the response of donors, recipients, supporters and sponsors who signed up.
“It’s really quite phenomenal,” she said. “I think it’s showing Lloydminster and area has definitely been impacted by organ and tissue donation.”
Krilow-Lorenz received a kidney 12 years ago that saved her life and motivated her to promote organ donations.
“I was in failing health and I had to do the dialysis which is not a lifesaving procedure,”  she said.
She said dialysis is just life sustaining until such time as you can have a transplant.
“I’m directly involved with it,” she said as a survivor.
The Lloydminster event will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the indoor walking track at the Servus Sports Centre.
All participants will receive a Trot T-shirt, CTA bag of awareness goodies and be eligible for door prize draws.
Krilow-Lorenz said about one quarter of the people registered have been immediately affected and will be walking in a special recognition lap. Organ recipients, living donors and donor families will complete a special lap at 9:45 a.m. following last minute registrations and a warm-up with the official 5-km starting at 10 a.m.
Each of the three main groups will be distinguished by different colour bandannas.
Krilow-Lorenz said donors are celebrated at the Canadian Transplant Games every second year, but not so much at the trots.
“So we created this recognition walk to celebrate the donors. That’s the special part of it,” she said, adding the hope is there’s room on the track for everybody.
“We really don’t know what the perfect number is for an indoor event at the walking track,” she said.
“It’s going to be new for the CTA but also a first for the Servus Sports Centre.”
Transplant Trots are usually held outdoors across Canada each spring, but the regional CTA opted to bring the event indoors to avoid conflict with other fundraisers.
“We didn’t want to step on anybody’s toes,” said Krilow-Lorenz.
The track will be restricted to those who have registered and signed a waiver with spectators relegated to the lower floor.
Krilow-Lorenz notes the local trot would not be happening without the help of the Harris family from Lloydminster as host volunteers to promote organ donor programs.
“I don’t know that the trot would happen without them,” said Krilow-Lorenz.
“They’ve been a tremendous help with the event.”
There is Neil Harris from Alberta Health Services Addiction Prevention and Mental Health Promotion and his brother Paul and his younger brother Carl who is on the wait list for a kidney.
“It’s been a year since he was diagnosed with failed kidneys,” said Harris.
“He’s just in a hold pattern waiting for a potential donor.”
Harris said as a host family, they help plan and coordinate the event and create awareness in the community about organ tissue donation.
In all there could be 15 members of the Harris clan on the track.

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