The best Canadian athlete brings a personal reason to the Ironman 70.3 Victory

Stephanie Fauquier will be swimming, biking and running in Ironman 70.3 around Elk/Beaver Lakes and the Saanich Peninsula to help Alzheimer’s research.

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Stephanie Fauquier will swim, bike and run with a purpose far beyond sport on Sunday morning in the Ironman 70.3 around Elk/Beaver Lakes and the Saanich Peninsula.

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The 26 Ironman 70.3 Victoria begins at 6 in the morning with more than 2,000 participants. It’s a qualifying race for the Ironman 70.3 world championship on August 26-27 in Lahti, Finland. Victoria’s event began as the New Balance Half-Iron and has been a regular race for over a quarter century in a city well associated with triathlon and which has produced multi-time Olympic medalist Simon Whitfield and multi-time Ironman Hawaii world champion Peter Reid. . and Lori Bowden.

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It is the first triathlon of 10 in 10 provinces that Fauquier will compete in this summer to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease. Fauquier’s mother, Dr. Robin McLeod, a world-renowned surgeon and Order of Canada recipient, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s two years ago at age 69, so the search is personal. The goal is to raise $250,000 to support Alzheimer’s research at the Tanz Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Toronto.

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“I am putting two things together and using my love of sports to celebrate my mother,” Fauquier said.

“Let’s get rid of the Alzheimer’s stigma and talk about this terrible disease as we run across the country. There’s something uniquely Canadian about racing across the country to raise awareness.”

That certainly evokes the spirit of Terry Fox and several other Canadians who have since taken cross-country trips of various kinds for a variety of causes and issues.

“What’s more Canadian than running across the country and bringing people together for an important cause?” said Fauquier, 34, who in addition to swimming, biking and running, is Telus Health’s chief strategy officer.

The Ironman Victoria 70.3 falls between two of the Half-Iron distances that Fauquier will contest in his 10 races in 10 provinces this summer. The Victoria event is operated by the iconic Ironman brand. The corporation is based in Florida, so all Ironman races are calculated in imperial distances. The 70.3 designation, formerly known as Half-Iron, includes a 1.2-mile swim race, a 56-mile bike race, and a 13.1-mile run totaling 70.3 miles.

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Of Fauquier’s other races this summer, six are sprint distance (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run) and two are Olympic distance (1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10 km), so you will swim, cycle and run more than 500 kilometers from Sunday to September.

Sports have been a big part of life for Fauquier, whose boyfriend Luke Lynes was selected out of the OHL in the fourth round of the 2006 NHL draft by the Washington Capitals, and won three national championships with the University of New Brunswick. A “lifelong avid athlete”, Fauquier played various sports, from badminton to basketball. He is the type of versatile that triathlon attracts. Fauquier has found a resonance in sport.

“The triathlon is a reflection of the journey that we all go through: it has many phases and many transition zones,” said the Toronto-based Fauquier.

“It takes persistence and stamina, and I feel like that’s my mom, and it’s worthy of her.”

According to the director of the Tanz Center, Professor Graham Collingridge, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia among Canadians are expected to double to 1.4 million cases by 2031. The combined direct and indirect costs of dementia in Canada currently amount to $33 billion per year and will increase dramatically to $293 billion by 2040.

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