Runner starts Canada trek with hilly Newfoundland run
Jamie McDonald, an Englishman who hopes to be the first person to run across Canada with no support team, says running through Newfoundland has been a challenge.
"This place is just relentless with the hills," said McDonald during a break in Corner Brook. "You're either running up or running down. Flat just doesn't exist in this province."
McDonald started his cross-Canada run in St. John's seven weeks ago, and in addition to hills, he's run through some challenging weather.
"And to run through my first snowstorm out here, it was hell. I thought I was going to die."
Running for challenge, fundraising
McDonald said he decided to do the solo run to challenge himself and to raise money for the children's hospital in his hometown of Gloucester, England, the same hospital he spent time at when he was a child with a rare spinal condition.
"I have no idea if I can do it or not because it's [an unsupported run] never been done before," said McDonald. "But I'm just having a go. And even though I'm doing it unsupported, I'm in a place where everyone is so nice and lovely, they are carrying me through."
Strangers have occasionally donated meals, but McDonald said he's been living on tinned fish and butter and he has been camping on the side of the road.
McDonald said he's aiming to cover about a marathon's worth of running, or about 42 km, each day.
"It's the best thing in the world when you're feeling endorphins and running and you're outside," said McDonald. "And behind it all, I hope that I'm inspiring people to take up running themselves and do something different with their lives."
McDonald said he hopes to arrive in Vancouver in about seven-and-a-half months.
"I put my hand in the Atlantic Ocean so once I get to Vancouver I'm going to strip off naked and dive in."