On Friday, two-time UTMB podium finisher Mathieu Blanchard of Montreal will set off on a very powerful journey of his life. From Nov. 11 to 18, Blanchard and his youthful brother, Luca, will run 150K throughout Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert to indicate the world what people are able to.
In 2018, Mathieu’s perspective on life modified without end as his brother fought for his life after being struck by a automotive. The incident occurred lower than a mile from his mother and father’ home in France. “Luca was discovered on the aspect of the highway, mendacity in a pool of blood along with his left leg shattered,” says Mathieu. “It was a miracle Luca survived that day.” He was solely 15 on the time.
Mathieu, who was residing and coaching in Montreal, returned to France to be along with his brother, who was in a coma. “I saved telling him every little thing was going to be OK, and the way I wished him to be at UTMB in 2018,” says Mathieu.
Docs needed to amputate Luca’s left leg, and he now makes use of a carbon prosthetic. “When Luca got here to help me at 2018 UTMB, the occasion modified him,” Mathieu says. “He was impressed to indicate the world that regardless of his handicap, he can nonetheless do onerous issues.”
In 2019, Mathieu promised Luca he would take him on one in every of his extremely adventures when he turned 20. On Friday, the brothers left the town of Aqaba, Jordan, to begin their 150K journey throughout the desert. You possibly can observe Luca’s and Mathieu’s journey on his Instagram or Strava web page.
The French-Canadian ultra-trail runner has had his brother there for his two UTMB podium finishes in 2021 and 2022.
There will probably be a brief documentary created across the journey, referred to as Stability. “This venture goals to indicate people that arduous issues are attainable and that my brother may be “handi-capable of something,” says Mathieu.