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Toronto man runs whole subway system in cool problem


On Saturday morning, Alex Cutulenco might have discovered a greater method to cope with Toronto site visitors: he ran 96 kilometres, overlaying the entire metropolis’s TTC subway strains, in beneath 9 hours.

Alex Cutulenco Strava TTC Challenge
Picture: Alex Cutulenco/Strava

Cutulenco wished some motivation to get again on the roads within the new yr, so he registered for the TTC Digital Problem by means of the Canada Operating Collection. The TTC Digital Problem requires individuals to stroll or run 76.5 kilometres (the size of Toronto’s subway system) anytime earlier than January 31. (Registration is now closed.)

“I’m at all times on the lookout for new challenges and methods to make winter working enjoyable,” says Cutulenco. “I wished to take this problem to the following degree. Once I drew out your entire course, matching the TTC strains, and noticed that it yielded almost 100K, which felt up my alley.”

Toronto’s TTC subway map

Cutulenco began his run at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, which is roughly 25 kilometres away (and a 50-minute trip) from Toronto’s Union Station. Then he headed south to Union, then north towards Finch, marking the tip of Line 1. “Line 1 was the toughest half,” Cutulenco says. “From Union to Finch is all uphill, however fortunately I had a number of working mates there to help me throughout my problem.”

Out of the 96 kilometres, Cutulenco states he ran solo for less than 17 of them. “My largest worry was my mind not being able to navigating down the house stretch,” he laughs. 

Alex Cutulenco (center) and his working mates Kyle Sharp (proper) and Kathleen Lawrence (left) at Toronto’s Union Station (downtown). Picture: Alex Cutulenco/Strava

His mates from his BlackToe coaching group and his spouse, Sofia, supported him over the eight hours and 57 minutes of working, whereas Cutulenco averaged a speedy 5:30/km tempo. “With out the help, this problem would have by no means been potential,” he says.

“My spouse thought I used to be nuts by the tip of it,” laughs Cutulenco. “I’m not positive if I’ll be touching the ultramarathon distance anytime quickly, however possibly as soon as (Toronto’s) Eglinton TTC line is completed.”

Cutulenco crossed his digital end line at Etobicoke’s Kipling Station, marking the tip of Line 2, solely 20 kilometres south of the place he began in Vaughan. 

Alex Cutulenco TTC Challenge
Cutulenco and his coaching companion Brian Putre on the Kipling Station end line. Picture: Alex Cutulenco/Strava

The 29-year-old isn’t any stranger to working cool accolades and accomplishments. In November, he was second on the Road2Hope Hamilton Half-Marathon in 1:13:18, and in September, he was one among the highest Canadian finishers on the 2022 Berlin Marathon.

You may take a look at his wild subway ultramarathon on his Strava web page.




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