Six-Time Ironman and Type 1 Diabetes Athlete Sebastien Sasseville to Take on Solo 7500 km Run Across Canada

QUEBEC CITY--()--Endurance athlete, six-time Ironman and one of more than 3 million Canadians living with diabetes Sebastien Sasseville will undertake a solo run across the country in a personal mission to inspire, educate and empower other people with diabetes to pursue their dreams. Sasseville will begin the 7500 km journey on February 2nd in St. John’s, Newfoundland, at the Signal Hill National Historic Site of Canada and finish in Vancouver, British Columbia, with a goal arrival date of November 14, 2014, on World Diabetes Day.

“Outrun Diabetes is about overcoming obstacles, whether it’s diabetes or any other hurdles people are dealing with in their lives. I hope people will follow my journey and be motivated to achieve their own personal goals.”

“I’m doing this run because I want people to be inspired to live life to the fullest no matter what challenges they face,” said Sasseville. “Outrun Diabetes is about overcoming obstacles, whether it’s diabetes or any other hurdles people are dealing with in their lives. I hope people will follow my journey and be motivated to achieve their own personal goals.

“I also want to thank my partners who have helped make this dream a reality. I couldn’t complete this journey without the support of Team Novo Nordisk, Novo Nordisk, Animas Canada, LifeScan Canada and JDRF,” added Sasseville.

Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2002, Sasseville was the first Canadian with type 1 diabetes to reach the summit of Mount Everest. He also competed in Egypt’s Sahara Race, a 250 km self-supported ultra-marathon. His latest challenge will cover a distance equal to 180 back-to-back marathons.

Sasseville’s route will include stops in Halifax, Moncton, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Windsor, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Calgary before he reaches the finish line in Vancouver. Events will be held in each location and local communities are invited to come out to meet Sasseville throughout his epic trek.

Sasseville is a resident of Quebec City and has a communications degree from Laval University in Quebec. He is a member of Team Novo Nordisk, a global all-diabetes sports team of cyclists, triathletes and runners. He is also a frequent public speaker, delivering over 100 keynote addresses since 2005.

For more information about Sebastien and specific details on his route, please visit www.outrundiabetes.ca.

Contacts

Pro Sports Communications
Melinda Travis, 213-926-1421
mtravis@prosportscomm.com

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