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 “Go Veggies!”

That cry could be heard all along Toronto’s waterfront as the Veggie Runners, bearing colourful signage, dashed across the finish line of the Scotiabank Half and Full Marathons in support of the Veggie Challenge. Congratulations to all the runners who demonstrated by their terrific performances that you can be veggie and fit.

And let’s not forget a huge thank you to the team supporters who also came out very early on Sunday to carry the Veggie Challenge banner around Metro Hall. We received so much positive feedback it was worth losing a bit of sleep.

For more info about the Veggie Runners and to find out where their next event will be, visit Veggie & Fit.

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[image: Marvin and Brian after a race]My name is Brian Deslauriers and I have trouble remembering a time when I did not love running and watching track events.

For the last 30 years, except for a 5-year period, I settled for running mostly 2 to 3 mile distances about two and a half times per week. However, last November I read “Younger Next Year” which stresses, for those of us beyond 50, the importance of working out 6 days a week and pushing yourself to sweat and achieve a significant level of fitness. Achieving 6 days per week is tough, but this year I have almost doubled my workouts to five per week. Just as importantly, I have set my sights on running longer and faster. I’m not fast by any standards, but by varying my training to include interval, speed and distance workouts my times have been improving. In the last week I completed my first 9-mile run, and then golfed in the afternoon.

People in the Veggie & Fit running group have offered a lot of encouragement, especially Marvin who has been constant in his belief that I can complete the September 30th ScotiaBank half marathon. Well, maybe. Even if I’m not ready for that race, I am very much aware of an increased physical fitness this year, much greater stamina and a lower resting heart rate. I believe “Younger Next Year” is something we can all achieve if we recognize the importance of devoting time to our own fitness.

Photo: Veggie runners Marvin Nguyen and Brian Deslauriers at the “Run for Canada” finish line.

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On September 30, 2007, a group of Veggie Runners will participate in the Scotiabank Marathon in support of the Veggie Challenge and to show that you can be Veggie & Fit! Timothy Christ plans to be there.

Timothy’s journey began over 20 years ago with the knowledge that he was lactose intolerant. From there it was a slow process of making ethical decisions to limit his animal product intake: not easy, considering he was a chef for many of those years.

Although Timothy considered himself a vegetarian, he was a poorly educated one. His diet was high in calories and low in nutritional density. Then things started to change. He began studying to become a registered massage therapist and personal trainer. In the process he shifted to a vegan diet, and for the past 4 years has been vegan and 70-100% raw.

Today Timothy is an RMT at Toronto’s Cornerstones of Health Clinic. He credits his success in 6 marathons and 2 Ironman races to leading a balanced and holistic lifestyle. He also notes that the greatest improvement he has experienced with his Raw Vegan diet has been in post exercise recovery.

His weekend workouts while training for his second Ironman competition were in excess of 12 hrs. Yet by Tuesday morning he was completely recovered.

Timothy places great value on the children of the world, and puts his extra time and energy to help those that are in need or less fortunate than his own children. This is why he supports HUG (Helping for a United Good) and Guluwalk.

In the coming weeks we’ll tell you how you can show your support for the Veggie Challenge by cheering Timothy and all the Veggie Runners on race day.

Stay tuned for more!

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 Meet Veggie Runner Tori Conde from Mississauga, a long time vegan who has been “playing” with raw food for about 2 years. She’s so committed to the lifestyle, even her daughter has been vegan since birth.

Tori has run numerous marathons, including Boston, which she qualified for on her first try! She is a Physical Education teacher at North Peel Secondary School in Brampton and instructs spinning and group weight lifting exercises at a local fitness centre.

As if that wasn’t enough, Tori’s running club is off to Disney World in January. Tori herself will compete in her 3rd GOOFY – a half marathon on Saturday followed by the full marathon on Sunday! So how does she do it?

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[image: John running in the Sporting Life 10K]On your mark. Get set. GO! Great news vegetarian and vegan sports fans. Buoyed by the sweet taste of success in the Sporting Life 10K race earlier last month, the Veggie & Fit team of runners is preparing for a new challenge. Their goal this time is Toronto’s Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon on September 30, 2007. Once again, organizer Marvin Nguyen reminds us that good health doesn’t start and stop at the dinner table. It also involves incorporating regular exercise into your daily life. Lack discipline and motivation, you say? No problem, you don’t have to go it alone. Join the Veggie & Fit training program and receive all the support you need to complete 5km, a half (21.1km) or full (42.2km) marathon. All in all, Marvin hopes to field a team of 27 veggie runners! For more details, to sign up, or to offer words of encouragement contact Marvin at marvinng@hotmail.com.We’ll be checking in with the team over the next 4 months to see how they’re doing and adding our proud voices on race day as part of a special cheerleading squad.Stayed tuned for more!

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On Sunday, May 6, the Veggie & Fit team of runners added a splash of red under brilliant blue skies, as they completed a popular 10K race in downtown Toronto. With the Veggie Challenge logo pinned to their backs, everyone proclaimed the day a huge success. “It was, great. A lot of other runners saw that big, red tomato and asked what we’re all about.”

On a recent podcast, organizer Marvin Nguyen said he had two goals in mind. 1. Send a powerful message to the public that vegetarians can be strong and fit. And 2 – encourage existing vegetarians to go further. We think he and the Veggie Runners did just that. Congratulations to Brian, Mary, Caroline, Erika, Edmond, John, Jim, Anton, Darren, Milind and Marvin.

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Podcast at veg.ca

[Brendan Brazier]Marvin Nguyen was a guest recently on Toronto Vegetarian Association’s weekly podcast. He promoted his group of veggie runners who are training for the upcoming Sporting Life 10K on May 6, 2007.

Marvin has two goals in mind. 1. Send a powerful message to the public that vegetarians can be strong and fit. And 2 – encourage existing vegetarians to go further.

“Veg runners are great,” says John, who hosted the show. He recommends a new book by Ironman triathlete, Brendan Brazier called the Thrive Diet – available in Toronto Vegetarian Association’s Resource Centre. Brendan will be in Toronto June 10 to give a special talk to teens, parents and students.

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