SOURCE: Make-A-Wish Canada

Make-A-Wish Canada

August 09, 2016 11:00 ET

Quebec Man Cycles and Runs 6,200 Kilometres Across Canada in Support of Make-A-Wish

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - August 09, 2016) - Sheraz Asghar is no stranger to extreme physical challenges or adventure races, hence his latest quest to cycle and run 6,200 kilometres across the country in support of his charity of choice, Make-A-Wish®.

The Quebec man considers himself an ultra-runner, not a cyclist. In the past, he has completed a few ultra-challenges, like the Yukon Arctic Ultra, but his journey across Canada has evolved into something bigger than anything he has ever undertaken before.

"I am attempting to bike and run across Canada. In the past, I have done a few extreme races that proved to be mentally and physically rewarding," says Asghar. "Now, I want to do something more... something more meaningful. The best place to start is by helping our children, so I'm raising funds for Make-A-Wish to support its mission to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions."

Asghar's exhilarating adventure kicked off in July in Vancouver, averaging 160 to 220 kilometres each day without any major setbacks. As of today, Asghar is now in northern Ontario heading towards North Bay on highway 11.

When asked if he's had any bumps along the way, Asghar says he's run into some thunder storms, resulting in a really wet tent and soaked sleeping bag. "It got really rough. But this isn't major," he says. "I would say overall the toughest part of this journey is adaptability and being exposed to nature for a continuous and prolonged period of time."

Media and the public are encouraged to meet Asghar and cheer him on as he passes through the eastern portion of his journey:

To confirm city arrival dates and times, and to coordinate media interviews, please contact Deborah Waines-Bauer at deborah.wainesbauer@makeawish.ca or 1.888.822.9474 ext. 111.

About Make-A-Wish® Canada

Make-A-Wish Canada is a dynamic wish-granting organization that brings hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Along with the national office, eight (8) regional chapters grant magical wishes to children in need from coast to coast. Make-AWish Canada is an affiliate of Make-A-Wish® International. Make-A-Wish® is the largest wishgranting organization in the world, making dreams and wishes come true for more than 350,000 children since 1980. For more information, please visit www.makeawish.ca.

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