A Great Canadian Running Challenge started with a dream!
A Great Canadian Running Challenge
This challenge began with a dream. It is officially called My Time – A Great Canadian Running Challenge because it takes time and commitment to reach 1000KM in 1 year. Taking time for ourselves can be a challenging task for some of us! We have jobs, families, responsibilities. We forget to take time for ourselves, to focus on our own health and fitness journey. We let ourselves go to take care of others. This challenge was created to remind you of how important you are! Once you begin the journey, you will know how important your health is to you. You have to take care of yourself first to be strong and healthy for everyone else around you! You are the most important person in your life. Take some time for yourself every day. Walk, jog, hike, run, meditate, do some yoga or strength training. Breathe it in. Breathe it out. Be healthy and strong and commit to this challenge. It will change your life!
My name is Jeannette. I have three wonderful children (16, 19, 29) and I have four younger sisters. I was born and raised in a small town of Northern Ontario.
I have an incredible career as a grade 1 French Immersion school teacher. I love the work I do with my students! Teaching has been such an enjoyable experience for me, and I genuinely believe it is my calling in life!
Although I love my job, I am looking forward to retirement!
Running is my passion! I am not a fast runner or an elite athlete by any means. I run to keep my sanity! It energizes me, helps me breathe and keeps me fit.
I had back surgery in 2018, and my surgeon advised me never to run again. Now I jog, very lightly and slowly (although I find myself enjoying intervals at times). I have to be out there, on the streets, hitting the pavement, singing my favourite tunes! It rejuvenates me and reminds me of good it feels to be alive! When I stop running, I get cranky and uncomfortable in my skin. At times, depression hits me, and anxieties consume me! Running takes me away from my thoughts, even if just for a moment! It has become such an essential part of my life! It has to be!
I finally reached 1000KM this year (2020). I’ve been trying to achieve this goal for over five years now, and it feels fantastic!
A Great Canadian Running Challenge and its Website has been created to help build community in our beautiful country. I wanted to bring people together from coast to coast, with one common goal! That goal is to walk, jog or run 1000KM in one year!
I created this Website and its challenge on my own. I am one person answering all of your questions, sending you all the best wishes and the best of luck as you strive to reach 1000 KM! It wasn’t built with sponsors, investors, tech companies. One person made it with a dream.
I have many personal goals. My greatest is to run a marathon before the age of 50. I registered for The International Niagara Falls Full Marathon to be held in October this year. Unfortunately, just like every race around the world, it was cancelled due to COVID-19. I didn’t run it virtually. I lost my motivation to train for a race that wasn’t going to happen. I did transfer my registration to 2021 and plan on doing my first full marathon at the age of 50!
Another goal I have is to travel to each province and territory to compete in a road race! I would love to meet some of the fantastic participants that have taken on this challenge. I am truly blessed to have the chance to connect with people from across the nation, striving to reach similar goals.
My goal for A Great Canadian Running Challenge is to build a safe, positive environment for people to come together for the good of their health and life journey. I love to inspire and motivate people! I genuinely believe that when we connect with people striving for the same goals, miracles happen. We become a community by building relationships and making connections. Bringing people together from our beautiful country makes our group strong and motivated!
My long-term goal is to raise $1 million for The Terry Fox Foundation (10-year plan). Cancer affects us in so many ways, and Terry has inspired many of us with his courage and mission. I want to continue his legacy and make a difference in cancer research!
History of A Great Canadian Running Challenge
- 98 registered participants from coast to coast
- 13 finishers
- 250 registered participants from coast to coast
- 24 finishers
- 2000 active participants
- 890 official finishers
My Message to You
I genuinely believe in the power of connection! Building connections with people with similar goals and interests helps us reach our own goals.
If you registered for this challenge, there might be a spark in you that is ready to ignite. You may be prepared to take charge of your health in ways you’ve never thought possible. You may be prepared to make small changes to create a better version of yourself.
No matter your reasons, when you decide it is time to believe in yourself, love yourself, and give yourself some time to heal, body, mind, and soul, you will change.
Anyone can do this challenge! Anyone! It will take commitment, discipline, drive and desire!!
Join our community today. Come and be inspired.
A Great Canadian Running Challenge Mission
To inspire people from across the nation to gain a love for health and fitness by building a strong community of Canadians who share their stories of hope and inspiration!
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