Ottawa : Rideau Centre

Joseph Rios

My journey began 3 years ago when I started running. Overweight, inactive and with a bad case of asthma, it did not seem like running was for me. However, my world changed when I found a passion for running for Team Diabetes and signed up for a ½ marathon. I enjoyed it so much that I challenged myself to sign up for 3 marathons in a 1 year period. Fast forward to today and I’m now on a mission to run on all 7 continents, having already raised over $14K for Diabetes and completed 4 continents.

Apart from my 7 continent challenge I am registered to complete my first Ultramarathon (100K) at the Sears Great Canadian Race. I am part of the GoodGuysTri team of 23 solo runners running the full 100k to raise awareness and funds against kid’s cancer. To date we have raised over $50,000.

Continuing with my 7 continent challenge, in May 2014 I plan to run the Great Wall of China marathon and in October 2014 my biggest challenge in my 7 continent journey will be to complete an ultra-marathon in Africa. My final race in this challenge will be the Antarctic Marathon in 2015.

My biggest inspiration is bringing my two passions together – running and supporting causes close to my heart. To support this, I created a platform where all charities can unite one day a year to celebrate the various causes we run for. I call it #RUN4AC. I’m committed to sharing this idea across Canada and making it global one day. Since I have started my journey I have raised nearly $20,000 collectively for Team Diabetes, Team Mito and CHEO paediatrics oncology.

My day job is as an advisor on the Extractive sector business development team at Export Development Canada. I’m fortunate enough to work with innovative Canadian companies looking to increase their international trade and be the relationship connector between them and industry, government and foreign partners.

On Tuesday and Saturdays, you can find me at GoodLife Fitness teaching BodyPump and CXWORX. I would love for you to check out one of my classes…it’s great for cross training!

Thanks for stopping by and if you have any questions on: getting started on your first race, fundraising ideas, race training plans or general running resources don’t be shy to drop me a line, I would love to help out!