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Justin Trudeau crashes prom photoshoot while running in Stanley Park

Students had a chance to take pictures with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after he initially ran through the group's photoshoot

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By now, most Canadians know of Justin Trudeau’s passion for running. He’s been spotted running in Victoria, Ottawa, abroad and, most recently, in Vancouver.

On Friday, the prime minister was touring the perimeter of Stanley Park via the Seawall and ran past a group of teens taking photographs ahead of high school prom. Adam Scotti, the official photographer for Trudeau, captured the moment as students realized the runner’s identity.

Judging by the photo, it appears that some of the students took notice of the runner wearing headphones right away while others were looking the opposite direction. The Vancouver Convention Centre can be spotted in the background as Prime Minister Trudeau was running near Hallelujah Point near the eastern tip of Vancouver’s most iconic park.


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The prime minister, sporting a Norman Hardie Winery T-shirt, stopped mid-run for a photo opportunity with mostly Vancouver College students who were dressed for the end of year high school celebration. Trudeau has a lengthy history in Vancouver as he was a teacher at West Point Grey Academy before later transitioning to politics.


Scotti, a runner himself, responded to a comment on Twitter saying that “running is part of the job description” as the PM’s photographer. According to CTV News, Sofia Kalil, who attended the Vancouver College prom, says that Trudeau asked, “who’s the bride?” after initially passing by.

It appears Trudeau has a history of casually photobombing outdoor moments as in 2016 he was spotted in the background of a wedding while holding a surfboard.

Trudeau was in the Greater Vancouver Area on Friday visiting families at the Don Christian Recreation Centre and meeting with members of the Filipino community, both in Surrey, followed by a visit to Gur Sikh Temple in Abbotsford.