An amazing gesture to motivate people to get going
MONTREAL, Aug. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Known as the Marathonman,
Belgian native Stefaan Engels will undertake seven runs in seven days in
Montréal in the process of achieving his goal of running one marathon
every day of the year, for a total of 365 marathons! Having launched
this adventure on January 1 of this year, the 49-year-old man describes
himself as "an ordinary guy" and quickly denies doing this for fame and
glory. Rather, his purpose is to motivate people to be more physically
active and to adopt a healthy lifestyle in order to prevent chronic
conditions such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
The man who attracts incredulous attention and admiration everywhere he
goes will put on his running shoes in Montréal from August 30 to
September 5. He will undertake six runs of 42.2 km at Lafontaine Park
before taking on the Montréal Marathon circuit to complete his 212th run
of the year!
His exploits have already earned the Marathonman a certain
measure of fame in Europe. At this rate, he will have covered 15,401 km
by February 5, 2011. Despite his current project, Stefaan Engels is not
a high-level athlete and nothing about him suggested that he would
become the role model for perseverance that he is today. He suffered
from asthma in his youth and worked in tradeshow design until he chose
to launch what initially seemed to be an insane project. "Everything is
possible when you set up objectives and have the will to reach them,"
declared the Marathonman. "We all have the power to make changes
in our lives for the better."
The Marathonman's stay in Montréal has been made possible thanks
to the support of PronoKal®, who has developed a strict scientific
weight treatment method. This method helps patients reach their goals by
combining medical know-how and multidisciplinary support. Newly
established in Montréal, PronoKal® is already cooperating with
physicians and nutritionists by conducting training workshops on how to
apply the PronoKal® medical protocol.
"Like it does with all its patients, the PronoKal® team fully supports
Stefaan Engels. PronoKal® and Stefaan share three objectives: to show
that it is necessary to fully commit to a goal in order to reach it,
whether it is to run one marathon every day or to lose weight and to
keep it off; to stress that teamwork is essential when the objective is
difficult to reach; and finally, to motivate people to become physically
active as part of a healthy lifestyle," explained Michael Papaceit,
General Manager for PronoKal Canada.
Since the beginning of his endeavour, Marathonman has received
encouragement from all sides. Whether running aficionados or not,
thousands of people have been following his progress through marathons
in Barcelona, Rotterdam, Madrid, Düsseldorf and Torhout as well as
Montrealers are invited to cheer on the Marathonman and join
him on foot, by bike, on in-line skates, pushing a stroller or otherwise
during his various runs. Everyone is free to join him at any time during
Lafontaine Park (PronoKal® booth, located near the Centre
From Monday, August 30 to Friday,
September 3, from 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.;
Saturday, September 4,
from noon to 4:30 p.m.
September 5, at 9:00 a.m.
SOURCE PRONOKAL CANADA
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