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Athlete of the Day

Tracy Duffy from New Brunswick

May 20th, 2020

If all goes well, I’d like to get 4000k in for 2020.

Did you walk, jog or run this challenge?

I’m a walker. After surviving two heart attacks, walking is the best exercise to strengthen and repair your heart.

How often do you walk?

I do my best to walk every day. There’s nothing I enjoy more than popping on my headphones, choosing some great music and putting one foot in front of the other. I enjoy it every day.

What was your greatest obstacle while aiming to reach 1000KM?

To be honest, my greatest obstacle was completing the last 20 kilometres. Thought I’d never get to the 1000K mark!

How do you stay motivated and find the time to walk and run?

My motivation to continue my walking program is two-fold. First, it keeps me on track to strengthen my heart. I’ve always been competitive in sports, and now I’m competing against cardiovascular disease. Secondly, I’m very aware of those to whom I worked within a 26-year career with Correctional Services Canada, who suffered from heart disease and other serious illnesses who are no longer with us. To family members and friends as well who succumbed to heart and other serious illnesses. I’m not just walking for myself. I’m walking for those who no longer can!

What advice would you give someone to stay focused on reaching 1000KM in 2020?

To those who may be struggling to complete this challenge, my advice is to just put one foot in front of the other and see how far it takes you! I found great inspiration from posts on the website. Truly wonderful people involved in this challenge.

To my fellow walkers (and runners) who haven’t hit the 1000k mark yet, don’t give up on yourselves. If I can do this, so can you!


Great work Tracy and thank you for sharing a part of your story with us! We wish you the best of luck in reaching your 2020 goals!

You can follow Tracy’s progress on the new Leaderboard, and cheer him on as he reaches 4000KM in 2020!


2 thoughts on “Athlete of the Day -Tracy Duffy”

  1. Tracy:

    Thank you for sharing your story. 4000 km is quite a distance. You must be a fast walker !!! I am also doing more walking these days to avoid running injuries. I also have my ticker checked once a year at the Heart Institute in Ottawa.

    As they say: Motion is lotion for both the bod and the soul. Keep on truckin’ my friend !!!

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