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Olympic sprint gold medallist Bruny Surin will take a run at politics

Olympic gold-medal sprinter Bruny Surin is entering a different kind of race — this time, for a spot as a city councillor in Laval, Que.

4-time Olympian will be a candidate for council in Laval, Que.

Olympic gold-medallist Bruny Surin, seen in this photo from 2010 following his induction into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, has announced he'll run for a spot as a city councillor in Laval, Que. under the banner of the Mouvement Lavallois party. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)

Olympic gold-medal sprinter Bruny Surin is entering a different kind of race — this time, for a spot as a city councillor in Laval, Que.

Surin has announced he'll run in a Nov. 24 by-election in the city north of Montreal, under the banner of the Mouvement Lavallois party led by Laval's current mayor.

In a video in which he appears alongside Mayor Marc Demers, Surin says his interest in promoting healthy lifestyles and his desire for community involvement led to his decision to enter politics.

He'll run for a seat in the Marc-Aurele-Fortin district, which was left vacant after the death of the previous councillor.

Surin, 52, is a four-time Olympian and member of the Canadian team that won a gold medal in the 4x100 metre relay at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Since retiring from track and field in 2002, Surin has worked as a businessman, speaker and head of the Bruny Surin foundation, which promotes healthy living among youth.

 

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