A few words about who and what I am
What I do, and why I do it
My name is Patrick Michel, and I am an endurance runner from the vibrant city of Montréal. For nearly two decades, I have immersed myself in the world of long-distance running, conquering various challenging distances ranging from 10 kilometres to 100 kilometres and multiday endurance running events covering thousands of kilometres. However, I must clarify that I do not consider myself a competitive racer. Instead, my focus lies in participating in running events that I personally create and promote through my entity called BRAVEWERK.
With BRAVEWERK, my primary goal is to raise awareness and funds for various charitable causes close to my heart. As the sole runner, I take on the arduous task of covering ultra distances, pushing my physical and mental limits to make a difference in the lives of those in need. Through these events, I hope to inspire others to join me in this noble pursuit and create a positive impact on society.
In my endeavour to give back, I put my knowledge and experience in endurance running to work to contribute to the running community. Through my blog, I share valuable insights, tips, and anecdotes from my own journey. It is my way of reaching out and helping individuals who aspire to become endurance runners, guiding them along the path to success.
Endurance running is more than just a hobby for me—it is a lifelong passion that has never wavered in its intensity. Over the years, running has bestowed upon me tremendous benefits and invaluable skills that have proven instrumental in both my professional and personal life. The resilience, discipline, and mental fortitude I have cultivated through countless miles on the road have shaped me into a better individual. Now, my mission is to empower others to discover and harness these same qualities through the incredible world of running.
In 2019, I embarked on a truly remarkable feat to raise awareness and funds for a kidney cancer patient named Derek Johnston. Over the course of sixty consecutive days, I ran two marathons per day (5,000 km), pushing the limits of my physical endurance to bring attention to this critical cause.
Post COVID-19, the year 2022 posed its own unique challenges. Despite the hurdles, I persevered and embarked on a run from Montréal to Québec City (270 km). The purpose behind this endeavour was to generate support for Malik Fontaine, a brave five-year-old boy battling a severe case of leukemia, and his family. I am grateful for the opportunity to have made a difference in his life and the lives of others affected by this devastating illness.
Looking ahead, the horizon is brimming with exciting new runs and endeavours in 2024 and beyond. The journey continues, and I invite you to stay tuned as I embark on new challenges, seeking to make a positive impact and create change in the world.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me and my passion for endurance running. Together, let us inspire and support one another as we explore the limitless possibilities that lie ahead.