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Reid Burrows on the complicated relationship between running and mental health

Reid Burrows spent much of his teenage and adult life chasing big athletic dreams. But that chase led him to some dark places. Reid is an ultra trail runner and former elite triathlete. He’s also a freelance writer. Last month he wrote a piece for the Trail section of Canadian Running Magazine documenting his mental health journey, and the complicated role that running has played in it.

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May was mental health awareness month. As it comes to a close, we share Reid’s story in his own voice. We spoke with Reid last week, as he was preparing for his next adventure.

If you or someone you know is struggling, you can seek support by calling the 24 hours Crisis Services Canada hotline at 1-833-456-4566 or by visiting crisisservicescanada.ca.