Olympic gold medallist Bruny Surin to run for city council seat in Laval

Canadian athlete Bruny Surin poses for a photo at the McGill track and field open in Montreal, Saturday, Dec., 5, 2009. In a continuation of his glamorous career, Surin has decided to run for a city council seat in Laval. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Olympic gold-medal sprinter Bruny Surin is entering a different kind of race — this time, for a spot as a city councillor in Laval.

Surin has announced he’ll run in a Nov. 24 byelection in the city north of Montreal, under the banner of the Mouvement Lavallois party led by Laval’s current mayor.

Click to play video: 'Olympic medalist Bruny Surin on life as an athlete'
Olympic medalist Bruny Surin on life as an athlete

In a video in which he appears alongside Mayor Marc Demers, Surin says his interest in promoting healthy lifestyles and his desire for community involvement led to his decision to enter politics.

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He’ll run for a seat in the Marc-Aurèle-Fortin district, which was left vacant after the death of the previous councillor.

READ MORE: Olympic gold medalist Bruny Surin guest hosts Global News Morning in Montreal

Surin, 52, is a four-time Olympian and member of the Canadian team that won a gold medal in the 4×100 metre relay at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Since retiring from track and field in 2002, Surin has worked as a businessman, speaker and head of the Bruny Surin foundation, which promotes healthy living among youth.

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