Sebastien Sasseville Completes 7500km Run Across Canada
“Now I know how far you can go if just you do a little each day.”
Covering nearly 7500 km from coast to coast and completing the equivalent of 180 back-to-back marathons Team Novo Nordisk triathlete Sebastien Sasseville ended his epic run across Canada in Vancouver, British Columbia on World Diabetes Day.
Sebastien ran his final kilometers into historic Stanley Park, reaching the shores of the Pacific Ocean after nine months on the road battling rain, sleet, ice and snow, and more than 30,000 feet of climbing through the Canadian Rockies.
He began his journey to “Outrun Diabetes” on February 2nd in St. John’s, Newfoundland with a mission to inspire, educate and empower the more than three million Canadians living with diabetes and encourage people to live life to the fullest. “This is our run,” Sebastien says, “I did it to make it easier for others to dream big.”
“All of us have the capacity to do extraordinary things,” says he goes on to say. “This run was all about showing people that obstacles can be overcome. Whether it’s diabetes or any other hurdle we face in our lives, we can still pursue our dreams. Running across Canada was the most difficult challenge of my life and every step was fueled by the thousands of incredible people along the way who were inspired by the message.”
Sebastien was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 22, and prior to his diabetes diagnoses, had never been an athlete. The diabetes diagnosis transformed his life and he was determined to not let diabetes be an obstacle in his live. He began setting enormous personal goals and was empowered to properly manage his condition. Today, at 35, he is a six-time Ironman triathlete, has raced across the Sahara Desert and is the first Canadian with type 1 diabetes to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
Sebastien’s route included stops in Halifax, Moncton, Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Windsor, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, and Calgary, hosting dozens of community events along the way to increase awareness and connect with people across the country affected by diabetes.
His advice for anyone facing a challenge? “Make that first step. When I took that first step into the Pacific at the finish, something magical happened, and I told myself, ‘I did it.'”