Jeromy Farkas raises Pacific Crest Trail Run fundraising goal to $125K

On the heels of a huge donation that put him over his $100K goal, Farkas ups the ante again for his Big Brothers Big Sisters Calgary fundraiser

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If it wasn’t for the cause, I’d already be home.

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“This is hard for me to admit, but if it wasn’t for the work Big Brothers Big Sisters Calgary does… I think I probably would have quit hundreds of miles ago,” Jeromy Farkas, Former Calgary City Councilman and Failed Candidate to mayor, he said Tuesday morning as he neared the California-Oregon border on his backpacking trip down the Pacific Crest Trail in support of the local mentoring organization.

“I’m going to finish this strong and with the help of Calgarians, we’re going to finish this great streak strong.”

Since setting out on the 4,265-kilometre route from Mexico to Canada on March 12, Farkas has traveled more than 2,500 kilometers on foot through nature, mountains, deserts and snow, and has dealt with bouts of COVID-19. 19, hypothermia and frostbite. In that time, he has raised over $106,000 for BBBS Calgary and after a huge $15,000 donation from Stampede City Kinsmen saw him surpass his goal of $100,000, which is already an increase from the initial goal of $50,000, he is upping the ante. again at $125,000.

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“The response to our campaign and the work of BBBS Calgary has been phenomenal,” said Farkas. “I am so grateful to the countless supporters who have contributed to helping Calgary’s children achieve the greatest future possible.”

Estimating that he has around 1,800 kilometers and about six weeks left on his journey before heading back to Calgary, Farkas still has some literal mountains in his path. Snow-covered ones, too.

“A big challenge right now is the historically high levels of snow in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia,” he said. “It’s going to be very slow through some of these mountain passes that still have five, six feet of snow or more.”

But despite the treacherous terrain ahead, Farkas still finds time to connect with his roots, especially as the Calgary Stampede approaches.

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In a town near him, Farkas says there’s a “pancake challenge” on Friday, the same day the Stampede officially begins, for those taking the Pacific Crest Trail, one he says only five people have completed in it’s history. . Farkas is vying to become sixth, a task that would entail knocking down almost nine pounds of pancakes within two hours of his 50-kilometre walk that day. With many Stampede breakfasts under his belt, he says that he has an advantage over the average contestant.

“I know from five years of flipping pancakes and serving and eating pancakes at Stampede as a city councilman, let’s just say I’m uniquely qualified for this challenge,” he said.

For more information on the Farkas Walk or to donate to the fundraiser, visit bbbscalgary.ca/news-events/jeromys-big-run.

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Twitter: @miguelrdrguez

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