Jason Loutitt, U of M Recreation Grad Runs 15,200 Miles Across 'Blue Planet'
Posted Monday, August 27, 2007 1:00 PM

Jason Loutitt (BRMCD, 2005), a member of the Team Canada Mountain running team for the past three years, is one of Canada's rising marathon runners and is currently participating in the Blue Planet Run, a first-ever global mobile effort to make safe drinking water a reality for everyone.

Jason heard about the Blue Planet Run through the Blue Planet Run Foundation Web site and felt inspired to be involved in “something amazing.” As an Aboriginal athlete, Jason hopes he accentuates the talent and determination found within those sharing his cultural roots, as well as within other Canadian youths. Jason feels close to the Blue Planet Run Foundation’s cause because unsafe drinking water is a pressing issue in many of Canada’s Aboriginal communities. Additionally, he is affiliated with the David Suzuki Foundation, a Canadian-based environmental organization that advocates balancing human needs with environmental sustainability. Jason counts David Suzuki as one of his heroes.

Jason finished 2006 ranked second in the half-marathon for Canada and took the silver medal at the 2006 Canadian Marathon Championships. Jason, a former infantry soldier, is also a recent university graduate from the University of Manitoba, having earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation management and community development. He is now a recreation consultant for the Aboriginal and Northern Communities of Saskatchewan through the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association.

A difficult childhood could have prevented Jason from wanting to become the absolute best person and athlete he could be, but at a very young age Jason learned to embrace his Aboriginal culture and roots, and this has made all the difference in the world to his self-esteem and confidence.

A former member of the Bison Cross Country team (2000-05), Jason finished 21st at the 2004-05 CIS Championship.

For more information on this outstanding athlete and graduate of our programs, please visit the Blue Planet website at http://blueplanetrun.org

For more information, contact:
Joannie Halas
Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
Phone: (204) 474-6061
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