‘Concrete Hero’ Kyle Summers runs for family

For Kyle Summers, Christmas time conjures up difficult memories.

For Kyle Summers, Christmas time conjures up difficult memories.

Four years ago on Christmas Day, Kyle’s mother died of lung cancer. One day later, his great grandmother passed away from colon cancer.

Although shocked and saddened, Kyle used his experience as a lesson to take control of his life and seek experiences outside of his personal boundaries. One of these experiences is Concrete Hero, a nine-kilometre urban obstacle challenge through the streets of Vancouver that benefits the BC Cancer Foundation.

For Kyle the event represents the unity of committed, dedicated individuals working to rid the world of cancer. It is a cause very close to Kyle’s heart. Along with his mother and great grandmother, his childhood friend died of the disease and his great aunt is a survivor.

The Concrete Hero obstacle event takes place this Sunday, August 17 and will include nine “B.C.-themed” obstacles which will start and finish at Strathcona Park. Race participants will leap and climb through dozens of cars and busses in the “Lions Gate Lockdown,” scale nearly two stories over “The Chief,” swing over the muddy waters of “Lost Lagoon” in addition to other surprise obstacles.

Funds raised from Concrete Hero are put to immediate use to supporting research, enhancements to treatment & care at The B.C Cancer Foundation. Total funds raised and final participant numbers for the 2013 effort will be announced live from stage at the event opening ceremonies on August 17th just moments before the race starts.