RUNNING THE ICELANDIC RING ROADA 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
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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(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.
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«Do today what others won’t, so you can do tomorrow what others can’t.»
Photo: Merlin Little – Green Horizon