Complete stranger lends her van to six stranded women for 185-mile relay race

June 8, 2017 6:19 pm Last Updated: June 8, 2017 6:19 pm


Six women were on their way to an annual 24-hour, 185-mile (276K) relay race along a scenic roadway in Nova Scotia, Canada, when their team van broke down.

The athletes, who called themselves the Dalhousie Dangerously Accelerative Ladies, were stranded at a Tim Hortons restaurant, and they just didn’t know what to do. Without a vehicle, it would be impossible to run the demanding 2017 Cabot Trail Relay Race, in which team members take turns running one of 17 different portions of the trail.

Suddenly, a friendly drive-thru cashier named Melanie Landry offered up her min-van, which was out in the parking lot. Everyone’s mouths dropped.

Landry said she had also run the relay race before, and apparently she is a very trusting person. She handed over the keys, nearly forgetting to get one of the women’s phone numbers!

Team member Lisa Richardson said, “We were just all stunned.”

Apparently, her kindness was inspiring, because the Dalhousie Dangerously Accelerative Ladies won the top spot out of all the women’s teams, finishing the race at 22 hours 2 minutes and 45 seconds.

“The whole van situation and this stranger lending us a van made me be like, oh my goodness, anything is possible!” said Richardson.