Badwater Ultra Marathon 2009

The Badwater Ultramarathon describes itself as "the world's toughest foot race". It is a 135-mile (217 km) course starting at 279 feet (85 m) below sea level in the Badwater Basin, in California's Death Valley, and ending at an elevation of 8360 feet (2548 m) at Whitney Portal, the trailhead to Mount Whitney.  This marathon is held in July when the temperatures are a scorching 120F.  We were the support team for Robert LeBrun, local ultra runner who was running to raise money for a local Anishnawbe woman who was stricken with MS.  The money raised went toward a new handicap van for her.

Robert finished the run in under 45 hours to qualify for the covetted Badwater belt buckle. Many runners did not finish due to heat and the brutal climb.  

">Badwater

3 Fires Grand Opening 2009

3 Fires Martial Arts Academy was incorporated in April 2009 after moving from the North Bay Indian Friendship Center where we taught free classes for a number of years.  We had our Grand Opening during the summer of that year.  The following are some videos of the cerebrations.

As part of the opening ceremonies a local Anishnawbe drum honoured us with their performance.  Along with the drumming, 4 Anishnawbe dancers demonstrated their unique dances in their regalia. 

">Grand Entry

We had a number of our students demonstrating numerous martial arts forms.  The following is a Tai Chi Fan Form

">Francesca, Rolly and Spencer Performing a Tai Chi Fan Form

Various dignitaries came to help us with our celebration.  We were honoured to have  Anthony Rota, the local member of the Federal Parliment (currently serving as the Speaker of the House - 2020) presented us with a certificate of congratulations.

">Anthony Rota MP Presenting a Congratualtion Certificate from the Government of Canada

The mayor of North Bay is well known for always wearing a yellow tie. Vic Fedeli, MPP currently the Minister for Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (2020), was presented with a karate Yellow Belt.

">Vic Fedeli MPP

Our Great Grand Master, Oi Mun Chong and Grand Master Alex Atkinson made the trip up from Toronto to surprise us. 

">Dave Chong and Alex Atkinson