Beijing Olympics

Beach Running, PEI

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Pictured below are kids from the Spartan Track Club, coached by 1998 gold medalist Dave MacEachern in PEI. Last summer during the Beijing Games I travelled with Catriona Le May Doan to profile the community behind Jared Connaughton for CBC Sports.

Spartan Track club runs Covehead dunes
Spartan Track club runs Covehead dunes

A big part of our story was how Beijing 200m semi-finalist Connaughton had trained without any real track facilities by working out on north shore beaches, school hallways, and ancient cinder tracks, yet had still managed to make the elite level of Olympic competition.

The two little guys – front and back – are MacEachern’s youngest.

Catriona on camera at Covehead Beach in our PEI shoot

Catriona interviewing Jared Connaughton's parents