Mario Rigby helps other people achieve their goals as a fitness coach and personal trainer in Toronto. But now, after completing the daunting 550 kilometre walk between Toronto and Montreal, in fourteen days, the former professional track and field athlete is ready to take on Africa.
Rigby will be walking the continent, from Capetown to Cairo. He leaves on November 24th, to get his bearings in Capetown and then he’ll set out on the two-year trek by foot and when necessary, by paddle.
Donna Foster-Larocque, a Montreal-based power-walking coach, endurance athlete and personal trainer, suggested the Toronto-Montreal challenge to Rigby, in an effort to train, and get accustomed to the pacing of such a challenge.
Yesterday Foster-Larocque rejoined Rigby on the outskirts of Montreal and the two completed the trip which culminated in an uphill climb to the summit of Mount Royal.
Rigby walked 12 to 16 hours a day, and although it has been a mild November by day, he endured some cold nights. He says, however, he was helped by many warm-hearted people along the way.