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Edmonton dad hits the pavement to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis

Sean Wingrave likes to talk while he runs. It keeps his mind off of, well, running.

For the 38-year-old father of two, running is more than a hobby to keep fit — it helps keep painful symptoms from Multiple Sclerosis at bay.

“I find that when my blood’s really pumping, I don’t notice my symptoms anymore. The numbness seems to go away,” he said. “Really, it doesn’t go away. I think it’s just the activity tricks your brain.

“I find that being active helps.”

Wingrave is now challenging himself to take his running to the next level by completing an ultra marathon — 80 kilometres — next month to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

First diagnosed in 2007, Wingrave said MS has affected both his balance and coordination, but didn’t want the disease to define him, and continues to mountain biking, running and playing hockey.

“When I (got) diagnosed, I wouldn’t describe my mood as sad, I was pretty pissed off. I was really angry,” he remembered. “The reason why I was angry was because I didn’t want to live a life of being a permanent patient, where everyone feels sorry for you."

Wingrave kicked off his training in September and with two 50-kilometre runs now under his belt, he said he’s inching closer to being ready for the ultra.

“My goal is just to finish,” he said. “I could care less what the time is.”

To date, Wingrave has raised nearly $7,000 for his total goal of $10,000. For more details check out Wingrave’s blog.

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