Take Me Outside Day 2014
3 years ago today, I had just crossed the Alberta border into BC and had less than 900 km to go to finish running across Canada. After 9 months of running, my body was strong, but my mind was tired. I couldn’t wait for the day where I didn’t have to talk myself into running another 40-50 km. It was here, with these few weeks left, that Take Me Outside Day was born. We wanted a way for schools to celebrate not only the end of my run across Canada, but more importantly, an opportunity to raise awareness for simply getting outside.
As I dipped my toe into the Pacific Ocean weeks later, we had approximately 100 schools across Canada who participated in TMO Day. It has grown in the past 3 years, and this year we anticipate having 1,000 schools across Canada who commit to spending an hour outside on October 29th. That equals the potential of almost 250,000 students across this country.
In some ways, the hour spent outside on Oct. 29th is simply a gesture – after all, an hour isn’t that long to spend outdoors. But in any relationship, small gestures can go a long way. In the span of one generation, that relationship with the great outdoors has begun to suffer a bit as we spend more time inside, online, eyes buried. Take Me Outside Day is one small gesture that students, teachers and adults are giving to remind Canadians how important it is to be connected to this land. Having a relationship with the great outdoors seems odd to say in writing, but it is fundamental to who we are as Canadians – it’s a vital part of our Canadian identity. If you can, please join us on October 29th, 2014. We’re hoping this small gesture has a big impact.