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“MitoCanada’s mission to support and create a sense of community for patients and their families resonated with me. I knew that running for MitoCanada was what I was exactly looking for. By combining my passion for running long distances and being involved with Team MitoCanada, I hope to bring support and awareness for mitochondrial disease.” – Mevlut Kont

Name: Mevlut Kont

Occupation: Studying Finance at Haskayne School of Business, U of C

Previous Running Experience:  I was involved with my high school cross country team and after high school I participated in several local races. These races have fueled my passion in running and from that I am currently participating in ultra races. My favorite race to date is running the Iron Legs 50 miler in Kananaskis country. My plan for 2012 is to complete the full Alberta Ultra Series.

Your favourite running route:  My favourite running route is Nosehill Park in Calgary’s northwest. I consider Nosehill as my second home and where I am training all year long. It is a natural wildlife park, where there are ample amount of challenging and beautiful trails. The endless views of the grasslands, Rocky Mountains, and the Bow Valley River are inspiring and never get old.

What inspires you, motivates you and/or your favourite quote:
I have been an avid sports fan all of my life, but since volunteering for the Calgary Marathon has changed my life. As I cheered on the runners pushing themselves to their physical and mental limits it inspired me. I have been running ever since, the contagious nature of running challenges my limits at every race.

Why you are running for Team MitoCanada:
Running has given me an avenue to challenge my sense of personal and physical achievement, but I have been looking for meaningful cause to support. In the some of the races I participated in I have had the opportunity to watch Blaine Penny’s drive and motivation behind his passion for running. MitoCanada’s mission to support and create a sense of community for patients and their families resonated with me. I knew that running for MitoCanada was what I was exactly looking for. By combining my passion for running long distances and being involved with Team MitoCanada, I hope to bring support and awareness for mitochondrial disease.

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  • Tiffany April 14, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Mevlut! It is so wonderful that you are supporting MitoCanada with your passion for running. Your tremendous running accomplishments inspire even beginners to start, but most importantly you raise awareness to mitochondrial diseases.

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