Updated: Mar 8, 2020
Computer programmer Joan Roch doesn't commute like most people.
Every day, the 46-year-old runs from his home in Longueuil to his job in Montreal and back again, often in his favourite skin-tight shorts.
The journey is about 10 kilometres, meaning he runs at least 20 kilometres a day. That's not far from a half marathon, which is 21.1 kilometres.
Roch says running on the iced-over river is a risk but he errs on the side of caution, waiting for a stretch of freezing cold days before his first attempt at crossing.
"The first time I go on it is always the scariest because I am not sure if the ice is thick enough, so I have to rely on fishermen to tell me if it is fine," said Roch.
Roch says he wears shorts during his commute to make the journey more comfortable, despite the chilling temperatures.
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Roch says his commuting method makes him happier and allows him to explore Montreal's nature and urban culture. No music needed. Roch jogging at Parc Jean-Drapeau on a fall day.
After sitting in front of a computer all day at work, Roch says he enjoys chasing the sunsets on his way back home.
Roch insists that the exercise and views of his jog are unbeatable.
"Crossing the ice sometimes it is tough, but it is like a change of sights," Roch said. "The lights that you can see the snow and the ice; it really is a completely different world."
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Photo by: Joan Roch
Video by: CTV NEWS
Credits to: CTV news, CBC Montreal and Joan Roch