Some have a goal in life is to run a marathon, other will complete many marathons over a lifetime but on October 16th, 2014 Michael Stashin began his challenge of running 14 Marathons in 14 Days to draw attention towards the problem of childhood inactivity and its health and social consequences. Only a small percentage of our school-aged children meet the minimum Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines – they simply must be moving more!
Michael is a running instructor (www.runeffortlessly.com) working with the Healthy Active Living and Obesity (HALO) research group through the CHEO Foundation to promote healthy active living among kids in the Ottawa region. Collaboratively Michael and HALO developed a Fun2Run non-competitive running program for elementary school children grades 4 through 6. The Fun2Run program will be piloted within St. Anthony School and endorse the concept of running as a fun easy activity based on the application of efficient running technique.
Michael began studying efficient running technique so he could successfully complete extreme running events including three of the ten toughest races in the world covering distances up to 270km in inclement running environments. These environments have ranged from the 50 Deg C extreme heat of the Sahara Desert (wearing a 10kg backpack containing food and gear necessary to survive for a week long race) to the -30 Deg C extreme cold of the Yukon Arctic (pulling a 20kg sled containing food and gear necessary for winter outdoor survival over a 100 Mile race.