SAULT STE. MARIE — A long-distance runner in Sault Ste. Marie is finishing up a unique journey. Jonathan Mogg has run every single street in the Soo while raising money for ARCH Hospice.
Mogg said it started as a personal challenge and a means of seeing his city from a different perspective.
“I really wanted to get to know the city better, and I’m an avid runner, and I thought what better way than run every single street in Sault Ste. Marie,” Mogg said. “And with that idea, I thought why not turn it into a charity event? And so I decided to raise money for ARCH Hospice as a great bucket list event.”
He has so far managed to raise just over $4,000 and said his journey has led to a greater appreciation for his city — adding he is particularly fond of the Soo’s waterfront.
Mogg was accompanied by other avid runners for parts of his journey. One of them was Danielle Dupuis, who said Mogg’s run pushed her to continue pursuing her own goals.
“It was so inspiring to watch him,” she said. “Every single time that he hit a new milestone or a new kilometre it was just another step forward to achieving his goal.”
Both Dupuis and Mogg said anyone can take up running – it just takes some commitment and patience.
“It’s as simple as just picking up a pair of shoes, you’re making that commitment, you’re setting that date,” Dupuis said, adding there are apps that can help you get started.
“Start by walking a kilometre a day and then making that two kilometres,” Mogg said. “And then once you can feel comfortable walking, that’s when I’d say start running. But it doesn’t happen overnight.”
There are more than 700 streets in Sault Ste. Marie and Mogg said it took him just under six months to run them all. He says he’s already looking forward to his next challenge.