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Canadian Running - - DEPARTMENTS - Toronto’s Ja­son Deluce

In an arc that many a run­ner can re­late to, Ja­son Deluce ran through­out mid­dle and high school, only to take a break be­fore pick­ing it up again in adult­hood. “Well, I guess it was prob­a­bly a 20-year break, Deluce laughs. “I gained some weight and wasn’t feel­ing great about that so I thought, ‘ Al­right, I’ ll start run­ning again.’”

The Toron­to­nian didn’t only “start run­ning again,” he trained for a marathon and loved run­ning so much he de­cided to move into ul­tra­run­ning. “Af­ter my first marathon, I was just look­ing for a big­ger chal­lenge,” he says of his move up in pre­ferred dis­tances. “And then I drew mo­ti­va­tion from all the peo­ple who said I couldn’t or shouldn’t do it. The only thing I had to say to them was, ‘Why not?’”

Deluce is cur­rently train­ing for the North Face En­durance Chal­lenge, a 50-mile race that mer­ci­lessly goes up and down Blue Moun­tain, a ski re­sort north of Toronto. He trains with the Night Ter­rors Run Crew for his ur­ban runs and leads the crew’s trail branch.

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