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Winnipeg soldier finishes 85-kilometre run

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A Winnipeg-based veteran of the Afghanistan war has accomplished an incredibly gruelling ordeal by crossing the finish line of an 85-kilometre run.

Cpl. Jean Francois Dion set off from Southport near Portage la Prairie at about 12:30 a.m. this morning in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Air Force Run. His journey overnight included running on a portion of Manitoba’s Highway of Heroes.

The Winnipeg-based soldier, who served in Afghanistan, crossed the finish line today at the 17 Wing Whytewold gate.

There were about 1,450 participants, according to David Elias, a public affairs officer.

Family friend David Cloutier joined Dion at the Perimeter and had a hard time keeping up with him near the finish.

"He sprinted at the end. I could barely keep up and I hadn't ran that whole way," Cloutier said.

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Updated on Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 11:40 AM CDT: Added quote.

12:39 PM: Update headline, fix cutline.

12:42 PM: Update story as run finished.

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