After 7,000 kilometres, 331 days, and over 200 marathons, Jamie McDonald will put his hand in the Pacific Ocean today.
McDonald, a British man who has been running across Canada since March 9, 2013, left New Westminster this morning, and will be reaching English Bay this afternoon.
“I’m up… today is the day,” he wrote on his Facebook page this morning.
McDonald, who will become the first person from Britain to run across Canada, has raised about $200,000 for various children’s charities during his run. In B.C., he’s raising money for BC Children’s Hospital (to donate, click here). McDonald was in and out of hospitals as a child due to a debilitating immune deficiency, epilepsy and a rare spinal condition called syringomyelia.
Today, he plans to visit the Children’s hospital at around 1pm, before heading to the Terry Fox statue outside of B.C. Place to pay tribute to the Canadian hero he says inspired him.
From there, he will go to English Bay, before running from Swartz Bay to Victoria tomorrow.
Along his journey, McDonald has developed chronic tendonitis in one of his feet, and was beaten robbed on New Year’s Eve in Banff.
But when he spoke to Global News last week, he said the journey has been worth it.
“I’m trying to show people that we can do anything,” he said.
© Shaw Media, 2014