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The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - For more on P.E.I. at the Canada Games, see page B3.

Alex Cyr

Who – A long dis­tance run­ner from Abram-Vil­lage who is part of Team P.E.I. at the Canada Games in Win­nipeg.

The lat­est – He will run the 5,000 me­tre tonight.

Per­sonal best time – 14:51.

Train­ing trail – Cyr of­ten used the Con­fed­er­a­tion Trail near his home.

Ed­u­ca­tion – Cyr grad­u­ated from École Évan­ge­line in 2013, earned his hu­man ki­net­ics de­gree from St. F.X. this year and will be at­tend­ing the Univer­sity of Wind­sor in On­tario to do a two-year mas­ters in sports psy­chol­ogy pro­gram. He was proudly wear­ing his X ring on Wed­nes­day, “And I’m not tak­ing it off,’’ he laughed.

Help along the way – Cyr said he was for­tu­nate to have good coaches like Colin MacA­dam and Andy Walker. He looked up to Sum­mer­side na­tive Con­nor McGuire. They were team­mates on Team P.E.I. at the 2013 Canada Games in Sher­brooke, Que. “In­stantly, when he got there you could tell he knew what he was do­ing. He had been here be­fore, but that didn’t pre­vent him from be­ing a source of knowl­edge and help­ing out the guys who had not.”

Mes­sage to young run­ners – Cyr said you have to like what you’re do­ing be­cause it can take years of train­ing and com­pet­ing to get good at it. He said don’t be greedy, but “al­ways be hun­gry,’’ as you look to im­prove and never be com­pla­cent as some­one else is out there work­ing to beat you.

Cyr said: “The most im­por­tant part of be­com­ing a dis­tance run­ner is you need to like it. You need to have kind of that weird love for it. Every­one kind of has their hobby and to every­one else it might seem weird. To me, I re­al­ized I en­joyed do­ing it. I en­joyed get­ting faster. I mean it’s not al­ways fun, some­times you’re on your own run­ning,’’ he said, but “I like the feel­ing of ac­com­plish­ment, the feel­ing of get­ting bet­ter.”

Fa­mil­iar face – Cyr will be run­ning with his for­mer room­mate at St. F.X., An­gus Rawl­ing, in tonight’s race.

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