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Lace Up to End Diabetes Virtual Event

This September, Diabetes Canada is rallying Canadians together to Lace Up to End Diabetes. A virtual 10K event – where you exercise, move, run, or ride your way!

It’s been 100 years since the discovery of insulin – the most notable Canadian medical breakthrough of the 20th century. However, insulin is not enough. It’s the starting line, not the finish line for diabetes.

Diabetes is successful at outrunning us all. Even after 100 years of insulin, the problem of diabetes is bigger than ever. Today, one in three Canadians has diabetes or at risk of diabetes, and young people face a greater than 50% chance of developing diabetes in their lifetime.

This year I’m leading a Lace Up to End Diabetes team (Team Diabetic Dad) to help bring Canadians across the country together in a movement—Lace up to End Diabetes!

We invite you to do your #LaceUp10k your way!

You choose the activity and you set the pace. Walk, run, ride or dance your kilometres, whether it’s in two hours, two days or two weeks.: a virtual 10k but done in your own way! You choose the activity and you set the pace. Walk, run, ride or dance your kilometers in, whether it’s in two hours, two days or two weeks.

Profile and bio picture of blogger Mark Hanlon, Ontariio, Canada
Yep — this is Me! Why not sponsor Diabetes Canada or better yet – join my team!

A Little About Me

 I am a T2 diabetic on insulin. I also have an irritable bowel disease called Crohn’s disease. Although many people see chronic illness as a shadow that looms over them, I remind myself that living with diabetes or any chronic disease (or two) does not dictate what we can accomplish, if anything, it motivates me to show the world that I am in control of what I can achieve, which can be seen in my running, hiking, and cycling. That’s why I’m participating in Lace Up to End Diabetes: a virtual 10k in my own way! Read more about me here.


I invite you to do your #LaceUp10k your way! LaceUp 10K is a virtual event by Diabetes Canada where you choose the activity and you set the pace. Walk, run, ride or dance your 10 kilometres, whether it’s in two hours, two days or two weeks, during the month of September. 


Whether you’re more of an adrenaline junkie or a moving meditator, running is one of the quickest ways to clock your kilometres.


Hop on your bike, scooter, or skateboard to go the distance. Indoor bikes count, too! This is the easiest way to take the 100k Challenge!


Walking is an easy way to exercise, and a great way to get the whole family involved parents, kids, and pets!


Join us by stretching, toning, or dancing in your living room! Every two hours of a works out to about 10 kilometres of distance travelled.

For me, I am setting my goal high:

Staying active for 2 hours a week (about 20k if I run) for the month of September!  


The funds and awareness I raise supports education, support services, advocacy and funding diabetes research that may just lead to the next big medical breakthrough.

I am lacing up this year to help redefine what it means to be a T2 diabetic and to continue to remind my two boys that despite what life throws at us, we can still accomplish anything. 


Please show your support by helping me reach my fundraising goals, by donating to LaceUp (link below) or joining my TEAM and committing to stay active. Check back often to see updates on my progress.

Thank you for cheering me on!

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Mark Hanlon


Mark is an avid photographer, Starbucks addict, motivated cyclist, struggling runner, and rocking single parent living outside of Toronto, Ontario. Living with two chronic ilnesses, Crohn’s Disease and Diabetes, life for this Transportation Planner and Registered Professional Planner (RPP) can be an interesting mix.