Jamie Mc Donald at a Crossroads
Meet Jamie Mc Donald, the young British man who, for the better part of 2013, has been running across Canada without any support crew. Jamie started in Newfoundland in the early spring and has been running ever since. Jamie has logged approx 175 marathon distances to date (26.2 miles or 42k).
He enjoyed a great summer running through Ontario. The prairies have been challenging him with sub-zero temperatures, snow, ice and the dreaded headwinds of the westerlies. Jamie has been enduring some foot problems and tendonitis, but he has been watching his health, getting well taken care of when he stops and taking a few wee breaks to give his tired body a much deserved rest.
But don't think he has been napping while breaking. No time.
Jamie has been visiting schools, making presentations, meeting children, attending events and making great efforts to fundraise for the children's hospitals for which he has commited.
Jamie getting much needed treatment by Massage Therapist/Acupunturist
Garret Woynarski in Regina Saskatchewan.
Read this wonderful post about Jamie's encounter with Garret: click here.
He has also done something that is incredibly powerful. By sacrificing the comfort of having a support team, he has brought hundreds if not thousands of Canadians to join him his adventure. Generous Canadians along the route have run with Jamie, provided food, shelter, dinners, breakfasts, warm beds, massages, much needed seasonal gear, encouragement and donations. They too, have become part of this fantastic journey.
It's not just Jamie's trek now.
As Jamie heads out of Saskatchewan, he awaits the approval of his VISA extension. Because Jamie decided to run through Toronto, it added much more distance and time, costing Jamie the chance to complete the cross-country run within his initial VISA's permitted time in Canada. While Jamie awaits what seems to be standard government bureaucracy, he should be getting confirmation any time.
The extension of the VISA has been one challenge, however, Jamie's greatest challenge still awaits him: The Rockies in winter. Already the winter is wreaking havoc with his chariot (the cart he pushes all his gear in) with accumulated snow making much more work of it. On his last leg, Jamie is more than a little worn and those rockies are uphill. It's the most rugged part of the country and it staring Jamie in the eye.
With the additional time and Jamie's indominable spirit... AND with his fantastic roadside assistance program — that is the Canadian people who await his arrival in their town — Jamie will conquer this most incredible feat.
We are cheering. Can you hear us Jamie? It is all of us. The people you have met. The children you have touched and inspired.
You have shown everyone that when you focus and never give up, you can accomplish most anything: whether it is running across Canada or supporting hospitals so children with life threatening illness themselves can focus, fight and never give up. They do it just like Jamie Mc Donald.
Jamie past Moosejaw Saskatchewan. It's definitely winter weather from here on in.
Click to read his accompanying blog at this date: Wednesday November 20, 2013.
Jamie has a TRACK24 GPS tracker so you can see where he is on his journey.
Visit Jamie Mc Donald's facebook page where he posts all his encounters, photos and experiences.
Jamie has a youtube page with lots of videos.
Visit his website at jamiemcdonald.org
To make a donation to Ontario Sick Children's Hospital go to this page on Jamie's website.