130 Marathons

Editor’s Note: The Following is an abridged version of a story written as part of a collaboration with The Globe and Mail. The story originally appeared in print on July 16th, 2016.

I have run over 130 marathons in my life. Last year, I ran the Toronto Waterfront Marathon three times in one day to raise awareness for survivors of sexual violence.

Jean Paul Bedard--6

I get up everyday at 4:15am and run for two hours. What I really love about Toronto, is I can cover most of our city throughout the week.

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It’s cathartic to hear your footsteps pounding through the pavement. Crunching through the leaves. Or splashing in the water when it’s raining.

Jean Paul Bedard--3

One of the beautiful things for me is running past Toronto’s churches. I can remember sitting in these churches, feeling completely lost and broken. But I can also remember feeling completely grateful for how my life has changed.

Jean Paul Bedard Road Runner-

Thanks to Jean-Paul for sharing his story!

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