I became a runner almost immediately after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. For some reason, despite the blood loss, the anemia, emaciated body and new diagnosis, my disease didn’t strike me as serious at first. It was no different than chicken pox or strep throat. Okay, sure, I’ll take my medication and feel better. The thought that I couldn’t do something because of my disease simply didn’t occur to me, and I’m grateful for that naiveté. Not knowing just how bad ulcerative colitis could get, or how much it could impact my running journey gave me the courage to start.
It started with a 5k. Then an 8k. A few half marathons. Several marathons. Before I knew it, I was deeply engrossed in the running community and surrounded by a group of incredibly athletic friends. They’re the kind of people who think training for an Ironman, a 2.4 mile swim followed by a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run, is a lot of fun. The more I became one of them, the more just running marathons seemed insignificant. I decided I wanted the challenge of triathlon, but swore up and down I would [...] continue the story
What began as an idea became a challenge. From a challenge, a commitment was forged. With a commitment, anything is possible. It is an epic Canadian adventure best summed up in three words: Coast. To. Coast. Spanning over three months in the summer of 2008, two amateur cyclists would attempt to pedal 8,000 kilometers from Victoria, British Colombia to St. John’s, Newfoundland, in an effort to shed light on Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis – tragic bowel diseases that are in dire need of a voice. What they discovered will astound you. Experience a film that depicts the vastness of our land, the spirit of our people, the hilarious mishaps of two young lads, and a struggle that unites us.