Together We Can Make A Difference...AGAINDecember 2, 2023
On December 2, 2023, seasoned athletes and regular people just like you will be participating in a epic fundraising event for LUMARA as they row hundred’s – if not thousands – of kilometers combined. Join us, and show your support today!
Taranis Athletics, Victoria, BC | Alberni Valley Crossfit, Port Alberni, BC.
About 100km for Q
In December of 2021, Mike Sanborn from Victoria, British Columbia had an ambitious goal of completing 100.3km on a rowing machine while raising funds in honour of his dear friend, Quentin Liedtke, who had passed from Cancer a year prior. Mike’s fundraising goal was to raise $10,000 so that more grieving families could attend Camp Kerry – LUMARA’s world-renown family bereavement retreat program.
As Mike trained, more and more people heard about what he was doing and they were eager to get involved. Dozens of individuals and teams soon gathered at Tyranus Althletics in Victoria, British Columbia and thousands of kilometers were accomplished on rowing machines and the the fundraising goal was smashed – with more than $70,000 being raised.
This year, Mike wants to do it again, and he’s inviting you to get involved.
This picture depicts Mike Sanborn training to row 100.3km in memory of his friend Quentin.
So you’re interested in getting involved? That’s great, and we’d love to have your support!
To fundraise, all you have to do is click the button that says, “Fundraise & Row”, enter your email to register, create a profile as you would with most social media accounts, and share the link to your personal fundraising page with friends and family.
Participants have the option to row individually, or they can complete the 100km’s with a team. At the last event, there were teams of two, five, ten, and more. Some people entered with their best friends, other’s with colleagues, and some with family.
Currently, we have two CrossFit gyms on Vancouver Island, British Columbia that have offered their space for you to participate: Taranis Athletics in Victoria and Alberni CrossFit in Port Alberni. If you can’t attend those locations, then we encourage you to access a rowing machine in your community and let us know about it.
Please reach out to us if you need help with registration or if you’d like to sponsor this event. We’ll connect you with Mike and support you along the way.
In his professional life, Quentin worked in the tech sector in Victoria, BC, initially at Loud Technologies before joining MetaLab as their Director of Engineering in 2015. Quentin was whip smart, a driven and talented engineer, funny, and charismatic. He worked to develop a 1:1 gender balance in his work team and was loved by his team and clients.
In his personal life, Quentin was generous, with an unwavering devotion to his family, community, neighborhood, and his relationships with orders. Quentin’s passions included rowing, cycling, triathlon, woodworking, cooking, and cocktails. He loved to socialize and was always up for throwing a party or cooking for friends and family. As co-founder of the Esquimalt Cocktail Society (it’s kind of a big deal) he was always gracious and hospitable.
Quentin possessed a true joi de vivre. His smile and laugh were infectious and would brighten a room. Many of his friends have shared that what they liked most about him was his ability to listen. When you talked with Quentin you always felt like you had his undivided attention.
In October 2012, Quentin became a father when he and Sarah welcomed their first daughter, Lily, and in July of 2019, they were blessed with their second daughter, Sophia. Quentin was a wonderful dad. He was patient, empathetic, loving, funny, and fun. He always had time for his girls and spent countless hours building Lego, riding bikes, building lemonade stands, and organizing scavenger hunts.
Quentin was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, an incurable and aggressive form of brain cancer, in August 2019, three weeks after the birth of their second daughter. For sixteen months he fought with courage and hope. He eventually lost his battle on December 27th, 2020 with his wife Sarah by his side.