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Sebastien's Big Finish!

Sebastien Sasseville crosses the finish line on World Diabetes Day after running 7500km across Canada.

On 14th November, World Diabetes Day, at Second Beach in Vancouver in front of a large crowd, Canadian endurance athlete, Sebastien Sasseville, finished his epic challenge of running 7500km across Canada to raise awareness for diabetes. 

From St. John’s, Newfoundland to Vancouver, British Columbia, Sebastien has run solo through all kinds of weather conditions and challenging terrain. His journey started on the east coast where he endured treacherous blizzards, followed by the flatlands of the Prairies and then the most challenging terrain of all, British Columbia. This entailed running 800km with 6 mountain passes and 30,000 feet of climbing.

Sebastien, who has Type 1 Diabetes, set out on this challenge with the goal to inspire, educate and empower people. For Sebastien, Outrun Diabetes is about overcoming obstacles, whether it is diabetes or any other hurdle people face in their lives.  

This nine month run has been both mentally and physically challenging for Sebastien.  He has been using firefly™ to help aid his recovery after each run. He talked about how firefly™ has helped during his challenge “Running five back-to-back marathons each and every week for nine months really takes it out of your legs! firefly™ has been an integral part of my recovery from start to finish. I first used the device two weeks in to the challenge as my recovery boots and an ice bath were not available. The next day I started my marathon with fresh legs and feeling just as good as I did the day before.”

After posing for some pictures with his supporters he added: “As an extreme athlete, recovery is a means of surviving the gruelling impact on the body day after day. firefly™ allowed me to recover quickly and get back out on the road each day. Without the help of these devices I’m not sure I would have finished this challenge as planned on World Diabetes Day – which is very important to me. I am exhausted but am happy to have crossed the finish line and to see so many people here to celebrate this special occasion.”

Sebastien was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2002. In 2008, he became the first Canadian with diabetes to reach the summit of Mount Everest and has since gone on to complete many endurance races, including six Ironman triathlons. The goal for this challenge was to inspire and empower the three million people living with diabetes in Canada to live their lives to the fullest. He certainly did that as he made his way from coast to coast stopping along the way to tell his story. To learn more about this story go to www.outrundiabetes.com.