Reporter on the Run

Whether she’s chas­ing a lo­cal or in­ter­na­tional story, ctv’s Genevieve Beau­chemin al­ways brings her run­ning shoes

Canadian Running - - RUNNING CELEBRITY - By Amy Stu­pavsky

“It’s easy to write a marathon story – there’s a be­gin­ning, a mid­dle and an end, just like the race it­self,” says Genevieve Beau­chemin, who knows in­ti­mately how to tell a com­pelling marathon tale, and as a sea­soned run­ner, it’s one of the first com­par­isons she draws be­tween her pas­sion for run­ning and her ca­reer in jour­nal­ism. A na­tional cor­re­spon­dent for ctv News’ Mon­treal bureau, Beau­chemin re­ports on the most sig­nif­i­cant is­sues and events in Que­bec and abroad, from the 1998 ice storm, to the Sept. 11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks in New York City. She’s also cov­ered sev­eral Olympic Games, where the marathon events are al­ways a high­light.

“I’ll never for­get watch­ing the Olympic marathon in Lon­don in 2012,” says Beau­chemin. “I had tears in my eyes. I kept think­ing about how much the run­ners have worked and trained for that mo­ment, and how in­cred­i­bly fast they go.”

Beau­chemin started run­ning while dat­ing her now-hus­band, but she didn’t be­come obsessed with the sport un­til she met Julie Bran­chaud in a stroller fit­ness class when her el­dest son, now a teenager, was a baby.

“Julie is my run­ning buddy,” says Beau­chemin. “We started off run­ning through our neigh­bour­hood push­ing st rollers, and now we’ve been run­ning to­gether for 15 years. We’ve since added a third run­ner to our group, Kelly von Eschen. We joke that we’re the Three Mus­ke­teers of run­ning.”

Six days a week, the trio starts the day with a one-to-twohour run. Beau­chemin says the reg­u­lar rou­tine pro­vides struc­ture and per­spec­tive to their busy schedules.

“It ’s part f it­ness and part t her­apy,” says Beau­chemin. “We com­pare notes on our kids and fix all of our daily woes.” Run­ning pro­vides fo­cus and, Beau­chemin says, ul­ti­mately makes her a bet­ter jour­nal­ist . “Re­port­ing is also a very phys­i­cal job. Some­times I’m on as­sign­ment for 20 hours at a time, and I need a level of re­siliency. I get fit­ness and men­tal tough­ness to push through from run­ning.”

Beau­chemin achieved a sig­nif­i­cant run­ning goal last April, run­ning the Bos­ton Marathon. The race was par­tic­u­larly sig­nif­i­cant for her be­cause she cov­ered the bomb­ing in 2013. When the bomb ex­ploded, she was in the of­fice watch­ing the race re­sults. “I re­mem­ber star­ing at the screen and feel­ing shocked,” she says. “Ev­ery run­ner thinks about Bos­ton as a dream race, and now there were all of these peo­ple rocked by dev­as­ta­tion, who’d seen their goals and their loved ones come crash­ing down in the most hor­rific way pos­si­ble. I f lew down im­me­di­ately, but I thought to my­self at the time, I want to

“Re­port­ing is also a very phys­i­cal job. Some­times I’m on as­sign­ment for 20 hours at a time, and I need a level of re­siliency. I get fit­ness and men­tal tough­ness to push through from run­ning.”

come back here to write a dif­fer­ent, pos­i­tive chap­ter.”

Beau­chemin’s first step in re­plac­ing those feel­ings of shock and help­less­ness was qual­i­fy­ing for Bos­ton with Bran­chaud in 2016. Fit­tingly, they crossed the Bos­ton fin­ish line this year to­gether. “I had a smile on my face the whole time,” says Beau­chemin. “It was my slow­est marathon so far, but by far the most mem­o­rable.”

Some of Beau­chemin’s other no­table runs oc­cur on her work trav­els. She cites run­ning along Copaca­bana Beach and strid­ing up Mount Cor­co­v­ado near the Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil dur­ing the Rio Games as one of her most trea­sured run­ning ex­pe­ri­ences. While cov­er­ing the Sochi Olympics, she was chas­tised in Rus­sian by Cos­sack se­cu­rity for run­ning on the grass. (“You bet I stopped run­ning on the grass af­ter that,” she chuck­les.) In the af­ter­math of the Paris ter­ror­ist at­tacks in 2015, run­ning helped re­lieve the stress and ten­sion of that as­sign­ment.

“Run­ning ful­fills a dif­fer­ent pur­pose on the road,” she says. “It’s much more func­tional: to burn en­ergy and re­set. When I’m work­ing, I re­ally get into the bub­ble of what I’m do­ing and fo­cus on the end game: my in­ter­view sub­jects, un­der­stand­ing all as­pects of the story and then pre­sent­ing that to the au­di­ence in a com­pelling way. The run­ning men­tal­ity helps me get from Point A to Point B in a story, just as it helps me to fin­ish a race.”

ABOVE Genevieve Beau­chemin, at the Bos­ton Marathon

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