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British runner treks across Canada for a cause

Jamie McDonald is attempting to be the first person to run across Canada without a support crew or medical staff.
Jamie McDonald is attempting to be the first person to run across Canada without a support crew or medical staff. Matt Myers/ Global Regina

REGINA – After breaking the world record for cycling on a stationary bike for 268 hours, Jamie McDonald is now attempting to run across Canada.

On March 9, McDonald began his 5,000 mile journey in St. John’s Newfoundland.

“I had no idea what I was doing at the start, I’m not even a runner,” said McDonald.

McDonald is born and raised in England but has challenged himself to run across Canada — nearly 8,500 kilometers in just 275 days. By the time he reached Regina on Friday, the distance he ran was equivalent to about 155 marathons. He still has another 1,900 kilometers to go and he’s doing that without a support crew or medical staff.

“I want to show kids it doesn’t matter how sick they are, they still have a chance and can still get out and peruse their dream,’ said McDonald.

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As a child, McDonald spent years in hospital with a rare spinal condition.

“At 9 years old, the symptoms disappeared once I started moving my body and now I haven’t stopped ever since,” said McDonald. “I’m just trying to put it to good use,” he added.

While McDonald is in Regina he will speak at schools, attend the Roughrider football game, and rest up before getting back on the road this Thursday.

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