RUNNING THE ICELANDIC RING ROAD

A 1,332 km Solo Run to Raise Awareness and Funds to Fight Multiple Sclerosis

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1,332 km – 60 km/day – 23 Days

Running the famous Icelandic Ring Road

A 1,332 km solo run in some of the wildest and most outlandish landscapes on the planet

Iceland? Seriously?

You are probably wondering why I chose Iceland for my next humanitarian run instead of Canada. Yes, I know Canada is beautiful, wild and all, but this time, this project will be extra special.

On my last mission, One Run For One Life 2022, I ran from Montréal to Quebec City to help Malik, a five-year-old boy with a severe type of leukemia, and his family. On that run, a very close friend accompanied me and crewed for me. Her name was Sophie. Through thick and thin, she was a real champ. Never once did she complain, argue, comment, criticize or judge how I trained and performed the run. Although I knew that she wanted me to quit at times, she never suggested it to me. She assisted me like a real pro. I wish I had met her many years back. I knew she did not quite understand why I endured so much suffering to help others, although I always understood why she invested so much of herself into helping her patients as a specialized nurse practitioner (SNP). Many times during the run, I glanced at her face when she thought I did not see her, and the look on her face displayed how horrified she was about what I was enduring.

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At the finish line, some 270 km later, we hugged, and she whispered in my ear, “now I understand why you do this.” The next day, in the car on our way back to Montréal, she asked me if I wanted to do this again with her. I looked at her, puzzled. She told me that although she knew I was hurting badly during the run, my dedication inspired her, and seeing me happy regardless of the pain made her realize that I would no longer be the same person if I did not engage in these types of missions. I answered that I would love to have her crew for me again. And together, we agreed that our next project would have to take place in an epic setting, preferably in another country. I suggested Iceland, and she said yes almost immediately. To Iceland, we would go. I was ecstatic because I had finally found someone who understood who I truly was and did not judge what I did. Sophie understood me in so many areas of life and was always my lighthouse, guiding me when I felt lost. Unfortunately, we will never go to Iceland together. On November 18, 2022, Sophie passed in her sleep for no apparent reason.

Sophie was in my life for only three years but was a real inspiration for me. And although she had multiple sclerosis, she never showed weakness in public and worked very hard, too hard, as a SNP. I saw firsthand her suffering from her condition in private, and I felt helpless because I could do nothing to help her. Although multiple sclerosis was not Sophie’s cause of death, I decided I would still go to Iceland and run to raise awareness and funds to fight MS in her honour. I would carry a sample of her ashes around my neck for the entire run and bury it at the finish line. So, in a way, we would have still run the Icelandic Ring Road together.

I watched a short video filmed by Drew Simms (watch it on the mission’s page) on his trek through Iceland, and I was enchanted. The landscapes were fantastic, the volcanoes majestic, the glaciers stunning. Everything about Iceland seemed beautiful, and I wanted to run there with Sophie. So, if I can raise the $ 10K required for the expedition, I will toe the line in Iceland on July 1, 2023.

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Raising Awareness and Funds to Help fight multiple sclerosis

Why I run to help fight multiple sclerosis and need your help

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A FEW WORDS ABOUT ME

About Me

My name is Patrick Michel.

I love running. Whether I run 10 km or thousands, my passion for long-distance running is a constant. Since 2007, that passion has never faded. In fact, it grows stronger year after year. Endurance running has given me so much throughout the years and has provided me with invaluable tools that help me in my work and my personal life.

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Running has also provided me with a way to help other by engaging in unusual running events that captivate the general public and helps me raise awareness and funds for people who need support. It is for this reason that this place is called BRAVEWERK.

I have been a marketing strategist for over 20 years in various Montreal agencies and a sports photographer, on the side, for almost ten. For the last seven years, I have been combining all my professional, recreational and sporting skills to turn BRAVEWERK into a serious endurance running organization, always ready to step up and help those who need.

I also coach runners who want to become endurance runners in the real sense of the term. I train people to incorporate endurance running into their lives and reap the benefits that physical and mental strength can provide in every aspect of their professional and personal lives.

What is an ultra-endurance runner?

An ultra-endurance runner is an uncommon breed of athlete with a unique combination of physical and mental toughness. They are runners who are constantly pushing their limits and putting their endurance levels to the test. Their passion for running is driven by the thrill of pushing their bodies and minds to the brink and setting new limits.

Physical endurance is essential for ultra-endurance runners. They have trained their bodies to withstand the most extreme conditions and distances. Their bodies can perform at a high level, even when physically exhausted. They have developed a powerful cardiovascular system and muscular endurance that allow them to continue running for hours on end.

Mental toughness is equally crucial for ultra-endurance runners. They have developed a fierce determination and unwavering focus. They are not afraid to push through the pain and mental fatigue that often comes with running such long distances. They have a deep inner strength that motivates them to keep going, even when things get really tough. They have the mental toughness to overcome any obstacle and never give up.

An ultra-endurance runner is also a runner who is always ready to run, no matter what the conditions are like. They are comfortable running in scorching heat, bitter cold, rain, snow, and even on technical trails or tracks. They are not intimidated by the elements. Instead, they embrace the challenge and use it as an opportunity to push their limits and improve.

In conclusion, ultra-endurance runners are athletes who always find ways to do more with less. They are driven by a deep passion for running and a thirst for pushing their limits. They have developed both physical and mental endurance, which allows them to run any distance at any time, in any climate, on any surface, and never quit. They are a true testament to the human spirit.

What have I done lately?

I have been running for over fifteen years. I notably ran, in 2019, two marathons a day for sixty consecutive days, and recently, I ran from Montreal to Quebec City to support the cause of 5-year-old Malik Fontaine, who suffers from a severe form of leukemia.

And I have more epic runs coming up soon.

 

Do you want to transform yourself physically and mentally?

People often look at runners like me with admiration and envy. Then, they quickly shift to wondering what kind of person voluntarily schedules suffering and enjoys every minute of it. They see us as prisoners of an addiction, irresponsible, egocentric, selfish, obsessed, and borderline crazy.

In reality, we are passionate, dedicated, and driven by an unwavering desire to improve ourselves. We love pushing our limits, and we strive to become better individuals. Running long distances is inexplicably positively transformative. But you must be willing to pay the price. It's hard work.

I'm by no means unique. Around the world, hundreds of thousands engage in endurance running. But as distances increase, the number of individuals willing to subject themselves to the pain decreases rapidly. It's no longer just about the body. It's about the mind.

This mental capacity to overcome anything life throws at you is the most compelling benefit of endurance running.

I'd love to help you step into this world, but you must be willing to take the first step by contacting me.

I'm looking forward to it.

P.

Preparation and Execution

To be able to complete this new running challenge, I will train using the following program.
You can join me on some of these runs. To do so, contact me and tell me on which day you want to join me, and I will tell you where to meet me. You can also bring your friends.

Weekly Running Distance
Daily Running Distance Detail
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Total
Week 01 0 km 10 km 10 km 10 km 0 km 10 km 10 km 50 km
Week 02 0 km 10 km 15 km 10 km 0 km 15 km 10 km 60 km
Week 03 0 km 15 km 15 km 15 km 0 km 15 km 15 km 75 km
Week 04 0 km 10 km 15 km 21 km 0 km 15 km 15 km 76 km
Week 05 0 km 15 km 21 km 15 km 0 km 21 km 15 km 87 km
Week 06 0 km 15 km 15 km 21 km 0 km 21 km 21 km 93 km
Week 07 0 km 21 km 21 km 21 km 0 km 21 km 21 km 105 km
Week 08 0 km 10 km 10 km 10 km 0 km 10 km 10 km 50 km
Week 09 0 km 21 km 21 km 21 km 0 km 21 km 21 km 105 km
Week 10 0 km 15 km 15 km 15 km 0 km 15 km 15 km 75 km
Week 11 0 km 21 km 21 km 21 km 0 km 21 km 21 km 105 km
Week 12 0 km 15 km 15 km 15 km 0 km 15 km 15 km 75 km
Week 13 0 km 21 km 21 km 21 km 0 km 21 km 21 km 105 km
Week 14 0 km 15 km 15 km 15 km 0 km 15 km 15 km 75 km
Week 15 0 km 21 km 21 km 21 km 0 km 21 km 21 km 105 km
Week 16 0 km 10 km 10 km 10 km 0 km 10 km 10 km 50 km
Week 17 0 km 21 km 21 km 30 km 0 km 30 km 21 km 123 km
Week 18 0 km 30 km 30 km 30 km 0 km 30 km 30 km 150 km
Week 19 0 km 30 km 30 km 30 km 0 km 42 km 30 km 162 km
Week 20 0 km 10 km 10 km 10 km 0 km 10 km 10 km 50 km
Week 21 0 km 30 km 42 km 42 km 0 km 42 km 30 km 186 km
Week 22 0 km 42 km 42 km 42 km 0 km 42 km 30 km 198 km
Week 23 0 km 42 km 42 km 42 km 0 km 42 km 42 km 210 km
Week 24 0 km 10 km 10 km 10 km 0 km 10 km 10 km 50 km
Week 25 0 km 30 km 30 km 30 km 0 km 30 km 30 km 150 km
Week 26 0 km 42 km 42 km 42 km 0 km 42 km 42 km 210 km

“Iceland Under a New Light”

by Drew Simms

Follow me live

(Available only during the event which starts on July 1, 2023 at 9:00 am EST)

You can track my progress in real-time, and see where I am at all times during the 1,332 km run around the magnificent island of Iceland.

When I am running, the refresh rate of my GPS communicator is set to about 2 minutes, in other words, the map is refreshed to pinpoint my current position every two minutes or so.

Tracking technology provided by Follow My Challenge and Garmin.

More about the route

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«Do today what others won’t, so you can do tomorrow what others can’t.»

Photo: Merlin Little – Green Horizon