A Kamloops man ran an ultramarathon to raise funds for a baby goat in need of a new prosthetic limb.
Zuri was six weeks old when she arrived at Twin Heart Animal Sanctuary in Tappen — an hour east of Kamloops, in the Shuswap — after losing her left foot to frostbite. She has since had several surgeries and was fitted for a prosthetic limb, but has since outgrown that one.
Jason Weiss ran his ultramarathon on Nov. 15 to bring awareness to Zuri’s situation and the work that Twin Heart Animal Sanctuary is doing.
Weiss said he has always had the goal of running a marathon to challenge himself, but he wanted to do it for a good cause.
“If I can also raise money while running, why not do it? It’ll give me something to be motivated for,” he said. “It was very hard. But I trained very hard for it ,so I knew I could do it, but it was still a hard run.”
What kept him going was the thought of doing it all for the animal sanctuary and Zuri.
Weiss said he admires owners Diane and Harry Nicholson and what they do at Twin Heart Animal Sanctuary. He added they’ve been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, which was why he wanted to raise money for them and encourage others to donate to the cause.
He said the Nicholsons were ecstatic and grateful about the fundraiser.
“I just hope that while some of the money will go to Zuri’s needs,” Weiss said. “I hope it helps Twin Heart as a whole.”