Since we began featuring stories on a team of veggie runners participating in Toronto’s upcoming Sporting Life 10K (see previous posts), we’ve been amazed at the response.
Damian Wiechula from Toronto wrote:
I agree with you that you don’t need to be an omnivore to be a successful athlete. I started mountain bike racing 6 years ago, and in my first four years finished 2nd and 3rd in the Ontario Cup Masters Series (for competitors over 50). In the last two years, I have won the Ontario Cup Series and Provincial Championship, again in the Master’s division. I’ve been a vegetarian for well over 20 years and a vegan for the last 8 years, and nobody has ever accused me of lacking energy. Other competitors are constantly asking how it’s possible to race without a meat diet, while I wonder how you can possibly race on a meat diet. Thank you for your efforts at promoting vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.”
The photo was taken in Sept. 2006 at the Ontario Provincial Cross Country Mountain Bike Championships. Damian is standing in the middle with a gold medal around his neck – the winner of this event!