2016 in review – 12 medal challenge

Way back in late December 2015 I decided to set myself a challenge for 2016 which would take the whole year to complete. The 12 medal challenge was simple (in terms of the rules, not the actual challenge itself) all it involved was achieving one medal per month for the whole of 2016. Any distance, anywhere, just one per month.

Today, Sunday 4th December, I have just completed this challenge and with it my race calendar for 2016. So here is a little summary of the year race-by-race. You’re welcome.

I must also add here that you are right in thinking that there are 16 medals in the picture. Overachiever.

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The 30th Annual Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival

Toronto Veg Food Fest

Toronto Veg Food Fest

Being new(ish) to Canada, and even newer to the world of veganism, this was my first experience of the annual Toronto Veg Food Festival. Now in its 30th year (so, all good things are 30 this year, then?!) it is the largest veg festival in North America, attracting around 40,000 people over the course of the weekend. It takes place at the Toronto Harbourfront Centre, which is coincidentally one of my favourite places in the city as it is, not surprisingly, right by the water. The festival includes cooking demonstrations, talks, many, many vegan vendors, live music and a wealth of information about adopting a compassionate, green lifestyle. And best of all, its free!

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Life Out of The Box. A wonderful cause.

A little while ago I started to follow the blog for Life Out of The Box, a great social venture which provides school supplies to children in Nicaragua, Guatemala or Morocco in return for your purchase of a locally-made, hand woven bracelet. Not only does this mean that the children who need them most gain school supplies, but the production of the bracelets brings much needed work to artisans in these areas. I think it is a wonderful idea and I wanted to be a part of it.

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