Blazin BBQ’s Jessica Labelle to run 200 miles

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Name: Jessica Marie Labelle

Hometown: Chatham


Why did you start running?

Running has always been something I’ve enjoyed. I fell in love with the freedom it gave me. I enjoy the


What kind of races do you compete in?

I ran my first race (half marathon) in 2013. The running communities have been amazing and such a

wonderful experience to find.

What has been your favourite race so far?

It would be between my very first one, The Legend Half (My over excited family made the experience

amazing!) or Sulphur Springs in Hamilton, for my first ultra marathon. I’ve been running that even since


How far is an ultra marathon?

An ultra marathon is any race greater than a marathon distance (26 miles 385 yards). I’ve competed in

50 km races to 100 mile races. I am attempting my first 200 mile race this May 25th.

What is your motivation to do that?

Haha, lots of people of people ask that question. 100+ miles is more about the journey than anything.

It’s knowing going in, that not every moment is going to be pretty. Everything is exposed. Real. No better

feeling than giving it your all across that finish line. I want to know exactly what I’m capable of, setting

no limitations.

What does it take to get to that point?

It takes a lot of training. Trial and error. Figuring out what works best for you. It takes balance to keep up

with daily life and training. It also takes a great deal of mental preparedness. It can be scary running into

the woods in the midnight hours, storm starting overhead. You can’t give up on yourself.

What do you have to say to those who say “I could never do that!”?

No one is going to know what they are capable of until they try. It’s scary moving out of one’s comfort

zone, but it’s worth it. One step at a time. It’s not about beating anyone, just becoming a better and

stronger version of yourself every single day.

I ran a 5k with my little brother because he said he could never do it. But he conquered it …and crushed

a goal of his!

Is there anything you would like to say to Chatham-Kent?

Thank you for the continued support. Chatham-Kent has always been a wonderfully supportive

community. You can’t really stop moving when you have support like that!

Help Jessica get to the 200 mile race! On may 18th, a fundraiser is being held at Blazin BBQ. Tickets can

be bought at Blazin BBQ in Chatham and any extra funds raised will go to the Big Brother and Big Sisters

of Chatham-Kent.


You can follow Jessica on her 200 mile race on May 25th by going to: trail-race/

Interview by SportsXpress

Photo credits: Ryan Labelle and Road2Hope Marathona Photographers