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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!  

About Me

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. 

Goals

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

2018 

  • 98 registered participants from coast to coast
  • 13 finishers

2019

  • 250 registered participants from coast to coast
  • 24 finishers

2020

  • 2000 active participants 
  • 890 official finishers 

VIEW OUR LIST OF 1000 KM 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. 

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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!

#buildingcommunity #Canada #1000km

9 thoughts on “About”

  1. Patricia Drohan-Bordonaba

    Hi, I have followed a couple of friends who registered for 2020 and it has inspired me to register this year. I am a walker, but have completed running 6 full marathons when I was in my 40s. I am now 75 with lots of knee aches and pains. I live part time in Espanola Ontario and also in Brooklyn, New York…born in Toronto. Looking forward to this year. Thank you,
    Pat Drohan-Bordonaba

    1. Hi Pat,
      I am 74 and have always been fairly active. Unlike you, I never ran any marathons! All my activities are for pleasure… biking, skiing, snowshoeing, I used to swim, and some walking. I used to be part of a walking group here in St-Lazare, QC but I tore a ligament in my knee so decided to walk ‘on my own’. In 2017 I registered with the Sick Kids Great Cycle Challenge to raise money for the foundation and I biked over 2,000 km during the course of the summer, biking just around my neighbourhood and nearby bike trails. My physical activities were sidelined in 2019 when I was in chemo and immunotherapy for lymphoma for 6 months. Just as treatment ended I was hit with shingles and I’m still suffering the side effects (post herpetic neuralgia). It has taken me a year to regain my energy, and as luck would have it, because of COVID-19 I really couldn’t get out too far so I had the chance to recover! And walk around the neighbourhood. My sister Lindsay came across this challenge and has registered for the 1000 km challenge. It was she who motivated me to register as well, however I decided to start with the 500 km challenge. I’m the older sister. 🙂 So I wish you good luck in this challenge!

      1. You’ll do it if you try and get out every single day like I did in 2020 and got over the 1000 kms. I’m 80 and naturally do have certain health issues too. Good luck and enjoy. Dee.

  2. Wonderful Challenge to gain inner strength , focus ,motivation and commitment to ones self … Being accountable to ourselves is one of life’s biggest Obstacles … CHALLENGE ON !!!
    HAPPY NEW YEARS TO ALL .

  3. Hello Jeannette: What an inspiration you are. I can’t believe you are doing this solo and working, too! I really like your goal of doing a road race in each province. I think I may have to copy that one. As for your marathon, I will be turning 65 this year and I’ve got a goal to do a marathon when I’m 70, so I’ve got a while to get prepared. Due to your health issues, will you be walking the marathon or walk/run? This community is really incredible. I’m getting to recognize a lot of the people on here and there is always a good positive energy and so much encouragement and motivation. You are making a big difference in the lives of a lot of people. Your light is shining very brightly. May your New Year be filled with everything you wish for and more. Thanks for everything you do.

  4. Jeanette, my name is Gary Moskalyk.
    I live in Thunder Bay.
    I’m looking to do an article (for our local paper The Chronicle Journal) about the Great Canadian Running Challenge.
    my e-mail address is:
    go.leafs@shaw.ca.

    Please let me know.

    Thanks.

    Gary.

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