MONTREAL - After months of preparation, the day has finally arrived for Julie Petry and her fellow Extra Mile Allies to put on their running shoes for real.
Petry - the wife of Canadiens defenseman, Jeff Petry - and 15 other women will all be pounding the pavement in Sunday's Oasis Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon in Montreal to raise funds for the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation and the Julie and Jeff Petry Foundation - both of which support underprivileged kids.
In this case, the funds allocated to the JPFoundation will go to S.A.Y. Play Center in Detroit, a first-class multipurpose facility that serves the academic, social and physical fitness needs of youngsters in the area.
Extra Mile Allies participants committed to raising $1,000 each for charity leading up to the race, and the group has managed to raise over $25,000 to date.
Those ladies taking on the 13.1 mile challenge alongside Petry include fellow Canadiens players' wives Angela Price, Katia Pacioretty, Alyssa Flynn and Stefani Pateryn, spouses and girlfriends of players from several other NHL teams, and Canadiens staffers, too.
With the help of Canadiens strength and conditioning coach, Pierre Allard, Petry and her teammates were provided with a training program that began back on June 6th. The program called for runs three times per week - on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays - with the mileage rising incrementally as time went on.
Congratulations on all of your hard work, ladies, and have a great run!
To learn more about the Extra Mile Allies initiative or to donate to the cause, click here.