Giordano Corlazzoli wrapped up his 500 km run from Port Hardy to Victoria on Sunday. (File submitted/Giordano Corlazzoli)

Vancouver Island man runs 500 km for anti-trophy hunting campaign

The 13-day run saw Giordano Corlazzoli run nearly a marathon a day

A Ucluelet resident said he was a little unprepared, but just went for it when he set off to run more than 500 kilometres down Vancouver Island.

“I’d never even run a marathon before,” said Giordano Corlazzoli. “I knew I didn’t have enough training to be prepared for the mileage I wanted to do … but, I figured running the first half was training for the second half.”

On Sunday Corlazzoli wrapped up his two-week run from Port Hardy to Victoria.

“It was all mind over matter, and just fundraising for a good cause,” he said.

READ MORE: Young man sets off to run span of Vancouver Island in anti-trophy hunting campaign

Corlazzoli did the run to fundraise for the “Safeguard Coastal Carnivores” campaign, endorsed by the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. The cause buys hunting tags in the Great Bear Rainforest to prevent commercial hunters from being able to hunt bears. He was able to raise more than $5,800.

“If you can’t beat ‘em, you buy ‘em,” Corlazzoli said.

Corlazzoli ran 40 km per day for 13 days straight, taking as many back roads as possible to avoid highways. He had the support of his parents, sister and friends as they followed him down the Island in an RV, and even cycled alongside him.

He said every morning was a bit of a struggle as he realized he had another 40 km to run.

“It was tough, but I’d wake up in the morning and stretch my legs and see that they still work,” he said. “I was surprised how good my legs felt, and I was fortunate not to have any major injuries.”

Now that the run has finished Corlazzoli will take a bit of a break, but said he’s interested in going again in the future – though maybe this time with a bit more training.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com


Send a Tweet: @NicoleCrescenzi

Like us on Facebook  

 

Giordano Corlazzoli wrapped up his 500 km run at Mile Zero in Victoria, next to a commemorative state of Terry Fox. (Facebook/Giordano Corlazzoli)

Just Posted

500 pounds of turkey served at Cool Aid community Christmas dinner

Annual dinner serves hundreds of community members

VIDEO: Annual Tuba Christmas concert draws large crowd to Market Square

Over 100 tuba and euphonium players gathered to play festive tunes

Revisit Christmas past as Point Ellice House displays Victorian-era traditions

Antique bobbles, cards, decor and more are on display

Bold and brassy quintet touches down at UVic

Internationally recognized Canadian Brass performing with Victoria Symphony on Dec. 21

Saanich church kicks off holidays with peaceful Winter Solstice service

St. Luke’s song-filled Christmas services come later

VIDEO: Success of wildlife corridors in Banff National Park has advocates wanting more

Demand for more highway protection escalated after seven elk were killed by a semi-trailer near Canmore

Fans sing Canadian anthem after sound system breaks at BMW IBSF World Cup

The Canadians in attendance made sure their team and flag were honoured on the podium

VIDEO: Fire destroys Big White Ski Resort chalet

Social media eulogies peg the property, nicknamed “The Pharamacy,” as both loved and hated

Prince George RCMP use bait packages to catch porch pirates over the holidays

First-in-Canada program with Amazon looks to combat parcel theft

Nanaimo mechanical engineer creates thief tracking program

Nanaimo Thief Tracking lets users plot and share information about thefts online

Mayor wants B.C. to institutionalize severely mental ill people who are homeless

Those suffering from mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, need specialized care, mayor says

Five things of note from Trudeau’s mandate letters to his ministers

Some marching orders come from the Liberal Party’s campaign, while others are new additions

Scheer’s resignation tips party into internal war over school tuition payments

The Conservatives have a Toronto convention already scheduled for April

POLL: Do you have a real or artificial Christmas tree?

The lights are up, holiday shoppers are bustling through the streets and… Continue reading

Most Read