Jean-Mathieu Chénier


Legendary Adventurer

Crédit photo : Gabriel Rivett-Carnac

Backwoods bum with a big heart, I’m more in my element on a trail than in an office. In fact, I have some difficulty finding my place in this modern world and that’s why I prefer to be in nature. The world seems so much simpler, so much more beautiful when I’m running in the woods.

Even though I’ve been an outdoor enthusiast since I was a teenager, it was only after having gone through a depression that I realized how much running and adventure in general could have beneficial effects on my life, state of mind and mental health. This is one of the things that motivated me to get involved with the On the Tip of the Toes Foundation. If adventure and nature can help a guy who struggles with the boredom of everyday life, imagine what it can do to a young person who is fighting cancer.

In addition, I have always had trouble finding the balance between adventure and social involvement; for more than 15 years I have been constantly oscillating between the two. An intense period of adventure is followed by an intense period of social involvement which, a few years later, is inevitably followed by another intense adventure. It never ends.

However, this time I intend to seek balance by combining adventure and involvement as an ambassador for the On the Tip of the Toes Foundation.

After many trips such as being a hiking guide in Nicaragua and walking across the island of Reunion, after making a thru-hike of 3600 km on the Appalachian Trail, after about twenty half marathons and marathons as well as about 15 ultra-marathons, I hope now to continue to explore and push my limits in the name of a cause and in the service of young people who do not have it as easy as I do.

I’m currently on the road across the USA, while preparing for my next challenge: my first 160 km run at the Zion100, in April. In order to give even more sense to this adventure and to be able to push myself even further physically and psychologically, I decided to organize my 5th fundraising campaign for the On the Tip of the Toes Foundation. Thank you for supporting me in my effort to help the incredible work done by the team at the On the Tip of the Toes.

Jean-Mathieu embodies the Foundation from head to toes! Since 2019, he put up four fundrasing campains associated with long-distance trail running challenges and supported the organisation with the preparation of runners taking part in the CRYO event. Thoughout the years, he promoted the foundation on different platforms, including his own personal running blog, Dans mes shoes. He also had the chance to join two expeditions with the foundation as a photographer-blogger. 

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My Past Adventures

My introduction to tru-hiking

Complete crossing of the American portion of the Appalachian Trail (3600 km thru-hike) – 2011

Running on the lake for a good cause

Crossing of the Lac St-Jean during the CRYO races – 2019
Photo credit: Gwano

Stage race in the Parc de la Gatineau

Run the 150 km of the Bad Beaver Ultra over 3 days in less than 20 hours – 2019
Photo credit: Gabriel Rivett-Carnac

Passing the 100K milestone

Run the 125 km of Ultra Trail Harricana de Charlevoix in less than 24 hours – 2019
Photo credit: UTHC