Manitoba Metis Federation Welcoming Kayleen McKay Home After 420 KM Run

May 9, 2016

Winnipeg, MB – 17-year-old Métis girl Kayleen McKay will complete her goal of running 420 kilometers to raise money for Drag the Red at noon on Tuesday, May 10th at the Alexander Docks on Waterfront Drive. She began her journey in Duck Bay, Manitoba on April 30th. She has been running more than a marathon a day since then to finish at the Alexander Docks.

 “We are very proud to see a young Métis Citizen making a difference in her community,” said Manitoba Metis Federation President David Chartrand. “She is an inspiration to our Métis youth. She is proving when our youth put their hearts into something they believe in, they are able to do just about anything.” 

In December of last year Kayleen and her family lost a close family member to suicide. When the police could not recover the body, Drag the Red stepped in and searched the Red River until they found him.

She launched her fundraiser – Kayleen’s Run for Drag the Red – to honor her cousin and to give back to the volunteer group who helped her family. The money she is raising will go towards purchase a new boat to be used whenever families need to search the Red River for clues on missing loved ones.

Kayleen has ran an average of over 40 kilometers a day. Her father, Melvin, has been with her every step of the way in his truck. She has also received support from many people along the way and will be joined by her peers on the last stretch of her run. Kayleen has battled the heat, cold, and even semi-trucks on her journey from Duck Bay to the Alexander Docks.

“There were times where I felt like I needed to quit,” says Kayleen. “But quitting is the easiest thing a person can do. I think about Shawn, Marsha, and my grandparents who have passed on and it gives me the courage and strength to push through.”

The Manitoba Metis Federation is proud of Kayleen for making this run in honour of her cousin. We invite everyone to WELCOME KAYLEEN HOME tomorrow (May 10, 2016) at 12 noon at the Alexander Docks on Waterfront Drive.

To support her efforts, you can visit her GoFundMe webpage located at You may also donate at any RBC using the following account information: 06827 – 003 – 514 – 381 – 3.


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The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is the official democratic and self-governing political representative for the Métis Nation’s Manitoba Métis Community. The Manitoba Métis are Canada’s Negotiating Partner in Confederation and the Founder of the Province of Manitoba.

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