The Longest Night Run

Run through the darkness:
Dec 21-Dec 22, 2020

Monday, December 21 is the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, with 16 hours of darkness. In southern Manitoba that means 16 hours of darkness, from sunset to sunrise on the 22nd.

This is a night where we experience darkness. We think of friends and family who are in difficult seasons of life. We think of the dark, lonely places in our own lives.

And, together, we will move forward through the darkness.

Choose to walk or run. Alone, or with friends or family. For 30 minutes, 2 hours, 8 hours, or the whole night.

We will face the darkness. Together.

A fundraiser for our friends, Ashleigh and Jordan Dueck

Two years ago, our dear friend Ashleigh was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. She and her family have spent two exhausting years navigating a journey of chemo and other treatments. Read more about Ashleigh’s story here.

This event was inspired by Ashleigh and Jordan’s courage in the face of darkness. We’re standing in solidarity with them, and are committing all proceeds of the event to Ashleigh’s on-going treatments and the care of their family. They need our gifts now more than ever.

Please donate to support our friends.

Methods for donation:


As an overnight, winter challenge, please consider your safety as your head out. We recommend you run with a friend, wear reflective clothing, and dress appropriately for the temperatures. Be smart. Also, please respect any COVID protocols in your area.

This is a virtual relay, you can participate from anywhere. If you’re in Steinbach, we will offer some suggested routes, stay tuned for details.

Ten days before the event, registered participants will have the opportunity to sign up for one or more time slots for the relay. Our goal is to have someone running during every half hour of the night.


Is there an entry fee?
Participation is free, but donations are encouraged. All proceeds going directly to the Duecks.

Where is this taking place?
This is a virtual run, so you can run (outside) wherever you like. Feel free to organize a meeting place for your running group (as COVID protocols allow) or family to run together for your scheduled time.

I don’t run, can I still participate?
Yes! Feel free to run, walk, ski, or tricycle. There is no minimum distance you need to cover.

Can I run for more than one half-hour?
You’re welcome to sign up for as many slots as you like. If you’re up for it, run the whole 16 hours!

Wait, isn’t this a relay?
Yes! All participants who register for the event have been sent details for selecting a time slot on. When you sign up, you’ll get the link to the relay schedule in the confirmation email.

Are there fees charged on donations?
Eventbrite charges a 2.5% service fee on all credit card donations. GoFundMe charges 2.9% +$0.30 on each transaction. (Both we gladly pay for their valuable service.) For larger donations, though, please consider sending an e-transfer to maximize the benefit of your support.