An inclusive penthatlon (french)
(March 1st 2020) “The important thing is to cross the finish line,” said teacher Mélyna Doyon by creating the Social Integration Challenge at the Pentathlon des neiges in 2019. But this year, accessibility for people with disabilities—physical or intellectual—was even greater. For the first time, participants took part in adapted wheelchairs.
Break isolation with an adapted wheelchair (french)
(Sep 8, 2019) It is not always easy for people with reduced mobility to break through social isolation.(Sep 8, 2019) It is not always easy for people with reduced mobility to break through isolation. A group of students in mechanical engineering from the University of Sherbrooke began to offer an invention that allows these people to make beautiful meetings during races shared.
The solidarity marathon (french)
(August 26, 2019) On Saturday, I was one of eight disabled people who were able to accomplish the unthinkable: a marathon. We each had eight runners with us, two in a ten-kilometer relay. One of the organizers even called the runners "props" for the co-runners.
And on arrival, I was the one who received a medal; not them. And yet!
Saguenay shared marathon: the first edition gives birth to heroes (french)
(August 24, 2019) The first Saguenay Shared Marathon allowed teams, each made up of eight runners and one person with reduced mobility, to experience a marathon (42.195km) between La Baie and Jonquière. The event provides a free donation of an adapted Kartus wheelchair to the Jonquière Physical Deficiency Rehabilitation Center (CRDP).
Soon a marathoner (french)
(July 13, 2019) On August 24, I will complete my first marathon… in a Kartus wheelchair!
A particularly promising new initiative, the Saguenay Shared Marathon, is born, inspired by Chicoutimienne Marie-Michèle Fortin, who has shone internationally since taking part in a number of marathons, powered by ultramarathoner Sébastien Routhier and this adapted chair made in Sherbrooke.
Rain and fun at the Sherbrooke half-marathon (french)
(June 29, 2019) […] As if the difficulty imposed by the race was not enough, several participants also covered their kilometers pushing carts, with young and old on board.
In fact, more than a dozen runners allowed disabled or elderly people to run at full speed aboard Kartus, a product imagined for this purpose by engineering students from the University of Sherbrooke.
Bruno Savard and shared running (french)
(June 10, 2019) Bruno Savard tried out a new chair designed for two-person running with Simon April, advocacy advisor for the Committee for People Living with Disabilities.
Des Chênes-toi race of Drummondville, the success of inclusion (french)
(May 19, 2019) Success! This is the first word that comes to my mind as the 12th edition of the "Des Chênes-toi" Bourret Race in Drummondville comes to an end. For the sixth consecutive year, I was there as a spokesperson, proud to see that the commitment of running enthusiasts in this beautiful city of Quebec continues to grow.
Podium (ICI Radio-Canada)
Always forward (french)
(May 4, 2019) Marie-Michelle Fortin was born with cerebral palsy, but she always had a thing for speed. With Dr Sébastien Roulier, a tireless ultra-marathoner, behind her chair, Marie-Michelle wants to go beyond the limits of running. The story of a meeting that led them to the prestigious Boston Marathon.
My first shared race (french)
(15 avril 2019) La fébrilité du départ, la pression, l’effet d’entraînement, la chaleur des applaudissements, l’adrénaline et la satisfaction du défi accompli ; grâce au Fonds de dotation santé Jonquière, au Centre de réadaptation en déficiences physiques (CRDP) et à l’Association régionale de course sur route du Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, j’ai pu revivre l’euphorie de participer à une course, dimanche matin. Un bonheur qui, pour moi, s’est accompagné d’une dose de nostalgie et qui a pansé un deuil inachevé.
With two records, Sébastien Roulier takes on the Boston Marathon (french)
(March 19, 2019) It is with two approved Guinness records in his pocket that Sébastien Roulier will attempt, during the Boston Marathon, to improve his own records.
Canadian Running Magazine
Wheelchair-pushing marathon record smashed by 30 minutes in Montreal
(September 25, 2018) Ultrarunner Sebastien Roulier of Sherbrooke, Que. finished the Montreal Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in 3:01:24 yesterday, good enough for a top-10 finish in his M40-44 age category–as well as a world record for pushing an adult in a wheelchair for the entire distance.
Running the marathon in a wheelchair (french)
(September 25, 2018) Marie-Michelle Fortin, who suffers from cerebral palsy, completed her first marathon. Jean-François Poirier's report
Guinness Record at the Montreal Marathon (french)
(September 25, 2018) Sherbrooke ultra-marathoner and pediatrician Sébastien Roulier and his co-runner Marie-Michelle, suffering from cerebral palsy, shattered the Guinness record for the duet marathon on Sunday in Montreal.
A possible Guinness record (french)
(25 septembre 2018) Le rêve est devenu réalité dimanche, pour Marie-Michelle Fortin. Propulsée par l’ultramarathonien Sébastien Roulier, la Chicoutimienne de 22 ans a pu concrétiser son souhait de franchir les 42,2 kilomètres du Marathon Oasis Rock ‘n’ roll de Montréal comme l’avait fait son grand-père par le passé.
A wheelchair marathon (french)
(September 22, 2018) Living with cerebral palsy since birth, Chicoutimienne Marie-Michelle Fortin, 22, will realize her biggest dream on Sunday by taking part in the Montreal Marathon. The young woman will make the trip in an adapted wheelchair manufactured from Quebec the company Kartus. It will be powered by the ultramarathoner from Sherbrooke, Sébastien Roulier.
Journal de Montréal
The faces of the Montreal Marathon (french)
(September 20, 2018) Sébastien Roulier, 45, first made the local headlines by winning the Rimouski marathon in 2010 in 2:46:41 ... while pushing his children. Earlier this year, the intensive care pediatrician at the Center hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke once again drew attention by setting a Guinness record (in the process of being approved) in the half-marathon, crossing the finish line of the 21.1 km of Lévis in 1 h 30 min 37 s behind his co-pilot, Marie-Michèle Fortin. In the Montreal Marathon, he will tackle the Guinness World Record for the 42.2 km fastest in the world by pushing a person with reduced mobility.
Running in the forest with our elders thanks to the Kartus (french)
(August 1, 2018) A racing demonstration with Kartus took place on Tuesday July 24 at the Bois-de-Coulonge park. A dozen elders were able to experience this new kind of chair for free thanks to a collaboration between the Quebec researchers who designed the Kartus, Alaviva, the Noël du Bonheur and the JAZZ Ste-Foy residence.
Canadian Running Magazine
Adapted wheelchair designed in Quebec lets runners share the joy of running with the disabled
(July 19, 2018) An uniquely-designed adapted wheelchair developed in Sherbrooke, Quebec is allowing adults with limited mobility to enjoy the outdoors in a whole new way.
Journal de Montréal
An ally to face all terrains (french)
(July 14, 2018) People with reduced mobility now have a new ally at their fingertips. After a year and a half of hard work, a young entrepreneur from Quebec has just launched a revolutionary chair on the market to allow them to taste the pleasures of sport and the outdoors.
Guinness record at the Sherbrooke Half-Marathon (french)
(June 30, 2018) “I was comfortable the whole time, even when the humidity started to come out. It must be said that I had encouragement from Samuel and the runners all along the course! " - Sébastien Roulier
The Lévis half-marathon ... in a wheelchair (french)
(May 7, 2018) A participant in the Lévis half-marathon on Sunday experienced a particularly special moment when she crossed the finish line in a wheelchair. For the first time, Marie-Michèle Fortin was able to feel the adrenaline that this sport provides thanks to her Kartus wheelchair adapted for running.
Je Bouge Challenge
Maïka Gravel: an example of determination (french)
(Sep 10, 2017) A few weeks ago, Dr François Lemieux, neurologist at Haut-Richelieu Hospital, received a very special invitation from his patient Maïka Gravel; participate with her and her mother in the 10 km race of the Je Bouge challenge on September 9th.
A Sherbrooke invention to share the pleasure of running (french)
(Sept 3, 2017) Marc Therrien chose to share his passion for racing in an original way. The doctor, originally from Sherbrooke, pushes a person with reduced mobility installed in a chair specially designed for running: the Kartus.