Virginia Vs Bruce

In September 2015, Virginia Gingras ran the Bruce Trail end-to-end (Tobermory to Niagara), covering approximately 900+ km of some of Ontario’s most rugged terrain. On average, she ran approximately 70 km a day for 13 days 6 hours and 28 minutes, securing the fastest known time for a women to complete the Bruce Trail End to End. Why, might one ask, would she take on such a huge challenge? The answer is simple – to raise money (over $18, 000) for a cause that she is very passionate about: Positive Mental Health among Youth. 

For a quick peak at the adventure, watch the video below:

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As a secondary school teacher, Virginia knows all too well the struggles that teens face in today’s society. Depression, poor body Image/ low self esteem, anxiety and disordered eating are but a few of the serious issues that face many teens as they struggle to fit in to our ever changing world.  Seeking help and support can seem daunting to youth as the stigma attached with mental health issues deter students from using their voice to reach out for support. Virginia knows this first hand, as she struggled from an eating disorder and resulting depression in her late teems and IMG_3555[1]university years. Today, she gives presentations on Positive Mental Health to over 25 schools in the Ottawa and Toronto area, something she wishes she would of had access to during her youth.IMG_3467[1]

The money raised ($18, 000) was put towards awareness for Positve Mental Health among Youth, focusing on giving students a voice and allowing them to seek the support they need as they navigate their way though various stresses they encounter on their journey to adulthood. Virginia knows todays’s youth are the future movers and shakers and will pave the way for the next generation. She feels we must work together to help gives them every opportunity to excel in their personal endeavours.

It all starts with positive mental health!

Follow her 13 day adventure by clicking on her BLOGS . They have pictures and video which tell the entire story!

Below is a CTV interview about virginiavsbruce.

19 responses to “Virginia Vs Bruce”

  1. Virginia, I am so proud of you! You are a trooper, and this is such a meaningful issue!

  2. Great gal running for a great cause. No doubt you will be able to complete this challenge. ….when you put your mind to things nothing will get in your way. Plan to follow you along the way!

  3. I know your dedication and determination for this trek. This is a amazing cause and I will support you where I can. GO GIRL!!

  4. As an avid Bruce Trail hiker, I wanted to wish you success and safe passage on your journey. May you bring much needed attention to a great cause for increasing awareness to youth mental issues.

    1. Thank you Peter!
      IF you have any advice on some of the section (especially up north) I would appreciate all the feedback I can get 🙂

  5. Virginia, Colleen just got done telling me about your story and this enormous adventure you are starting in one month! Needless to say, I was speechless and in tears! I wish you all the luck in the world for these 12-13 days!! I am so proud of you and your bravery! Supporting you from Alberta!!

  6. Virginia

    I saw your story on the HDSB website. I am also an ultra runner and realize this is an very challenging goal your have. You are obviously brave, training hard and have lots of great friends and support. All the best and I will be reading your blog

  7. Virgina! Colleen has shared many of your beautiful stories and we will be cheering *loudly* from Alberta!! You are an inspiration my girl. And the cause means the world to me, as well. Rock it!

    1. Thank you so much for your comments! It is nice to know that people are looking out for me way out in Alberta! 🙂

  8. Best of luck Virginia. I heard about your adventure on a group hike I went on here in Oakville. Maybe you could write a book about it someday, and then there’ll be a movie. 🙂 Either way, I hope you can journal any thoughts or revelations that came to your mind while running. Keep your eyes on the ground for tripping hazards but try to take in nature in all her glory as well. Zoom zoom.
    Rosemary.
    PS-
    Hope you have a photographer among your team. (for the book;-) )

  9. Good luck Virginia…. Positive vibes sent your way!!

  10. You are a true inspiration! Best of luck Virginia…we’ll be watching and sending you good vibes from Nova Scotia!!!

  11. Hi Virginia. We crossed paths on the Bruce around the Cape Crocker area. You were on day 2 and we are nearing the end of our journey. It was the 3 of us walking for bethsbootsahiking.com. I love what you are doing Virginia! My Mom suffered from depression every day. I thank you so much for your journey to spread awareness about Mental Health. YOU ROCK VIRGINIA!!!!

  12. VIRGINIA=AMAZING!!!… i wish i could be out there tearing up the trail with you…. but my littlest babe would have to be along
    in the baby bjorn so that wouldn’t work! 🙁 looking forward to colleen telling us all your news from the trail. i will be thinking of you this week and praying for a safe and injury free run!
    go Go GO!!!

  13. You are such an inspiration Ms. Cann. I attended your presentations at PHS both times they were available and it was mind blowing to know that such a wonderfully peppy and ready to learn teacher experienced something so difficult to deal with. I love that you’re nearing your destination everyday. You were and have always been an inspiration to me – as a student and as a teacher and mentor. I’m going to incorporate your run into my Ethics class in two weeks. We are already following you at the school! You have plenty of support from Golden Valley School (part of WQSB). We love and cherish your actions. Keep going! You’re able to do it. I passed high math because of you and that task seemed impossible … But we persevered and met our goal. Just like you will! <3

  14. Wow great job Virginia. The undertaking is remarkable. The cause is is near and dear to my heart. I to am a secondary school teacher.

  15. Thanks for sharing a few kilometers with us (Georgetown Runners) at Limehouse. This is a great cause that affects so many and needs the attention you are bring to it. Good luck and stay strong.

  16. I have been following you V1, you’re doing great! I completed the Bruce
    End-2-N, but not in 13/14 days :-).
    I will be there at the Finish Line.Continued safe travels on the trails.

  17. Hi Virginia, I have been following your amazing journey through your wonderful sister, Velma. You are truly amazing and I thank you for all you are doing to help stop the stigma. Way to go from us in PEI.

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