Pictured above are the runners from Kuujjuaq, QC who participated in the Healthy Horizons British Virgin Islands Sunrise Marathon.
Students and teachers from one community in northern Quebec made up nearly a quarter of the 52 runners who took part in the North West Company’s Healthy Horizons Destination Marathon in the British Virgin Islands in November.
The participants from Kuujjuaq, QC said the biggest challenges they encountered when training for the marathon were running in deep snow or on icy roads, having to wear many layers of clothing, and battling windy conditions that made it hard to see.
“For many of our student runners, travelling to BVI and then also completing a half marathon is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Being able to show our students firsthand what hard work can do – it’s the most rewarding aspect,” says running club co-coach and teacher Sarah Nickerson.
In addition to the run, the students enjoyed zip lining, swimming and paddle boating in the warm ocean. They also had a chance to make new friendships and build bonds with their fellow runners.
“Experiencing different parts of the world and living the culture is something you can’t teach in the classroom. To experience the differences through a shared passion of health and sport makes it so much more memorable,” says teacher and chaperone Shannon Thompson.
This was a great experience for the students and Healthy Horizons Foundation was happy to engage the youth in healthy living.