Chief Warrant Officer Claude Faucher, 2020 Male Masters Athlete of the Year

News Article / January 8, 2021

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By Gloria Kelly

At about age 10, 17 Wing Winnipeg Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Claude Faucher decided he liked to run. By 12, he was competing in his first 25 kilometre road race. When he hit high school, he discovered track and field. The rest, as they say, is history.

CWO Faucher was recently named the 2020 Masters Athlete of the Year by Athletics Manitoba, for outstanding performance during the 2019-2020 cross country and indoor season.

This new award comes on the heels of him receiving the Canadian Armed Forces’ Sports Honour Roll in 2019, an award that recognizes a lifetime of dedication to a sport that has taken CWO Faucher around the world to compete for Canada as both a member of the Canadian Armed Forces and a civilian.

“Fitness is a big part of the military lifestyle and everyone needs to find the program that works for them,” said CWO Faucher. “Find your niche, work at it and fitness will follow. For me, running and the cross training that comes with being a high performance athlete have kept me fit.”

Over the years CWO Faucher has moved back and forth between road racing and track and field. As he reached the Masters level and continued to compete in track and field, he readily admits it has taken hard work and determination to keep up the level of fitness that led to this award.

“As you age, your body ages, and demands change in routine and fitness programs,” he said. “What you could do at 25 you can’t necessarily do at the Masters level. You have to listen to your body. It will tell you when change is necessary.”

The competitions that led to this award were all completed before COVID-19 prevention measures necessitated temporary closures of training facilities.

So how does one manage to stay fit and train without the normal facilities at hand?

“You have to be innovative,” said CWO Faucher. “At 17 Wing the team at the gym are lending out equipment and they have online training programs that allow you to use everyday things around the house to build a routine that works for you.”

And, if you’re a runner, you can run pretty much anytime as long as you are dressed for the weather—which during a Manitoba winter can be challenging.

“Fitness and athletics can and should be enjoyable,” said CWO Faucher. “I like to run, it provides personal satisfaction and it is a great stress reliever. Find your balance, that’s a key.”

Over the years CWO Faucher has dealt with injuries and challenges that most competitive runners face, but he has never let that stop him. He has learned to listen to what his body is telling him and work with that information to get the best results he can.

Will he keep training and running?  “Yes, of course. Running is part of my life, who I am and it’s something I enjoy.’’

Gloria Kelly is part of the 17 Wing Winnipeg Public Affairs team.


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