Life is filled with “hills:” seemingly insurmountable obstacles that catch us by surprise, lay waste to our resolve, threaten our hope and leave us feeling weak and powerless. That’s what it felt like the night that our son Jack was born. He was born with a congenital birth defect. Undetected by ultrasound, we were shocked to learn there was something wrong with our son. His diagnosis and subsequent MRI and multiple surgeries were incredibly difficult.

Run Far Gear was born out of that difficulty. Faced with the shock of our son’s congenital birth defect, I knew that the only way to get through it was to “Embrace the Hill.” Just as I had done in my running. I knew that if I could just embrace the difficulty and move forward, we would be OK. So you lean into it. You embrace it. The difficulty becomes your new normal and you find joy there. And then you get to the top. You breath. And you’re stronger for the journey. That’s what “Embracing the Hill” is all about. As with anything that seems impossible often times, when you lean into it, and when you learn to embrace it you gain the power to conquer it.

Now Jack is a healthy and happy little boy, but we are trying to give back to families that face difficulty just like ours. Putting my favorite running mantras onto t-shirts proved to be a the perfect way to give back to the hospital that gave us so much: a healthy son. Which is why 10% of all proceeds go directly to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the hospital where Jack received care.

It started with the “Embrace the Hill” shirt, but Run Far Gear has grown to include the “Run Far, Run Strong,” “Run with Heart”  and “Run NH” mantras.

With RunFarGear it’s about more than just loving the run. It’s running for something…for someone. By wearing this inspirational apparel you’re not only showing you love to run, but you’re also showing you care. Thank you  for helping make a difference! 

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The Canney Family: Jack (now 3), Sarah, Sophia, Mark and Liam.