Special participant in the 2015 SSQ Québec-Lévis marathon

Special participant in the 2015 SSQ Québec-Lévis marathon

Quebec City/Lévis (Quebec) 31 August 2015 – The annual opposite shore SSQ Financial Group marathon which took place on the weekend was won by an American, Christopher Zablocki for the men with a time of 2hr 25 mins and by Joanne Normand for the women with a time of 3hr 2 mins.

The real story here however is about a 78 year old man who ran 10 km of the race. Not only is his age a factor but M. Jean Bouchard is also deaf and blind. M. Bouchard works out five days a week at the University of Laval PEPS facilities and has been doing so since 1977.

He has run 250 marathons, has received 76 different trophies for swimming and running and apparently has no intention of stopping anytime soon.

Running with an aide, he finished his 10 km in 1hr 6min. ending up in 9th position in the 70 and over classification.

He doesn’t care if he wins; all he wants to do is show people, that even with a handicap or two, one can achieve great things if they would only apply themselves to a cause.

For M. Bouchard, staying in shape is his first priority and claims it is the key to what keeps him going on a daily basis.

He once ran the Boston marathon and hopes to run in the Toronto marathon this October before he celebrates his 79th birthday in November.

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