Jonathan and Vanessa have been running for years and have been active in the running community in the Greater Toronto Area. 

In April 2019, Jonathan's mother, Mama Yu, suddenly passed away from a heart attack. Mama Yu always supported both Jonathan and Vanessa in all of their running journeys and she could often be seen cheering at the finish line from races in Markham to the Chicago Marathon. 

Always wanting to run a race in her honour, Jonathan and Vanessa decided to honour their mother and mother-in-law by organizing a race not only named after her but that would raise awareness and funds for cardiac health. Vanessa and Jonathan are very excited to see many runners and walkers at the very first Mama Yu's 5k for Heart Health and they will be cheering everyone on the whole way!