Escorted by the Ottawa Police Services, Mike crossed the finish line of his 14th marathon in 14 days on October 29, 2014 with staff from the Healthy Active Living and Obesity (HALO) research group at St. Anthony Elementary School. He completed the final steps of the marathon with over 50 students who took part in the fun2run program developed by Stashin and HALO. The entire St. Anthony school was there to cheer them on to celebrate healthy active living and Mike’s extraordinary achievement to celebrate healthy active living and Mike’s extraordinary achievement.
“The Fun 2 Run program offers the students of St. Anthony a unique opportunity to get involved in a fun recreation program. It is so important that we offer quality programming that encourages our students to run and exercise on a regular basis. It is an important aspect of the education of the whole person.” Paul McGuire Principal, St. Anthony School
The fun2run program is a non-competitive running program for elementary school designed to promote running a fun and accessible activity. Students learn efficient running techniques and how to run at a comfortable pace with a run/walk strategy. With time, they decrease their walking intervals and increase their running ones. Over a 6-week period, students also learn how to set short term wellness goals, build their confidence and eventually realize that it is possible to have fun while being physically active.
The 590 km run through Ottawa aimed to promote healthy active living among children in the National Captial Region and funds raised went to the Healthy Active Living and Obesity (HALO) research group at CHEO. Mike set off on his series of 14 marathons on October 16th with HALO researchers. You can find day-to-day accounts of his accomplishments on the event’s Facebook page.