Another day, another marathon for Canadian Olympic athlete Mike Strange. And more proof that people can push themselves far beyond their normal limits with the right motivation. Strange is well known as a three-time Olympic boxer in Niagara Falls. But he’s putting his athletic abilities into a new challenge.
Mike Strange has been pounding out the kilometres for 84 days — 42.2 kilometres a day, a marathon a day.
Mike Strange: “I’ve lost over 20 pounds since I first started.”
He started on the east coast. Now he’s getting closer to home in Niagara Falls.
Mike Strange “Knees were really bad at the beginning — I’ve lost two nails on my right foot and two nails on my left foot are dead.”
But no matter how hard it gets, Strange says he thinks of people who have it harder: “Sometimes I feel like Kelsey’s on one shoulder and Matteo’s on the other.”
Kelsey Hill was a young girl from Fort Erie who died of cancer. Matteo Mancini from Thorold also died of cancer.
Mike Strange: “You hit the wall every day and you think about what these kids are going through. A lot of them are running, I’m running a marathon every day but a lot of them are going through treatments, marathon treatments every day and what am I complaining about?”
John Clayton is a supporter: “We raised 12 hundred dollars.
Mike: “Thank you so much.”
So far, Strange has raised about 45 thousand dollars for Ronald McDonald Houses, and Cancer Research at McMaster Hospital.
From kids like Trinity and Cheynne, who wanted to run with him.
Trinity: “It’s awesome and we can kinda keep up with him but sometimes we cant but we still run.”
Cheyenne: “Because of cancer, we wanted to do donations and we wanted to run with him because it’s really fun.”
And from people like John Clayton, a childhood cancer survivor: “I really got no words. I love the guy for doing it. The fact that he’s helping these kinds out and doing what he’s doing. 90 marathons in 90 days I’ve done 20k and I’m hurting.”
Mike: “Alright it’s like groundhog day, get up and you gotta do it.”
Strange was aiming for 90 marathons in 90 days. He’s extending that to 94 marathons in 94 days.
Inspired by the kids fighting their own marathon battles with cancer.