Ride/run race shapes up as family affair

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Kristy O’Donnell and her daughter Caitlin are looking forward to blitzing the D14km course with and for Aunty Carly. Rebecca, 3, will be waiting for them at the finish line.
Camera IconKristy O’Donnell and her daughter Caitlin are looking forward to blitzing the D14km course with and for Aunty Carly. Rebecca, 3, will be waiting for them at the finish line. Credit: South Western Times, Callum Hunter

A Donnybrook mother and daughter duo will take on WA’s premier one-day mountain bike event next month in the name of Muscular Dystrophy WA.

Kristy O’Donnell and her daughter Caitlin, 6, will tackle the 14km event at the Dwellingup 100 on September 6, a race that will hold extra significance for them given Ms O’Donnell’s sister, Carly Collins, was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy nine years ago.

“Carly has a strain that affects the muscles in her face shoulder and upper arms,” Ms O’Donnell said.

“It’s a degenerative disease, so her muscles slowly wear away, making everyday tasks more difficult than they should be.”

Muscular Dystrophy WA has been the partner of the event since 2010, in which time riders have raised more than $791,000 for the charity.

Both Ms O’Donnell and Caitlin have been training hard for the ride and run event and will be joined in their efforts by family and friends, including Mrs Collins who will be making her fifth appearance at the event.

“We’ve set a target of $1000 for ourselves, I believe our step-dad has set a target of $1000 and I believe Carly’s on $3000,” Mr O’Donnell said.

“I’m actually going to tackle the half marathon after the 14km bike ride.”

The Mighty Jarrah Trail Run has been hosted in conjunction with the Dwellingup 100 since 2017 and offers three distances for competitors to cover, including the 21km Almighty Jarrah Half Marathon, 10km Mighty Jarrah Trail Run and 6km Mini Jarrah Trail Run.

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