Former Vancouver-based actor Charlie Bewley, best known for his role as Demetri in the Twilight film saga, will be running in the 2011 BMO Vancouver Marathon. Bewley will be facing his biggest running challenge to-date. In honour of his friend Jocelyn Clarke, who passed away February 14, 2011 at the age of 36, Bewley has set a goal to run a distance equal to one and a half marathons (over 60 KM) at one time.
Bewley has been an avid runner since he moved to Vancouver four years ago. He started out running just 25 minutes per day along the seawall and gradually built up to running a full hour.
“I was 30 pounds lighter after just two months,” exclaimed Bewley. “I was inspired by the shorelines, the runs, lifestyle and fresh air.”
As part of his Run for your Life campaign, Bewley will complete a 21.1km (Half Marathon) warm-up and then take his place at the start line along with 4,200 other runners in the Full Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2011. He is determined to make it on behalf of his friend, Jocelyn.
“I will be using some very low impact and efficient running styles,” as Bewley explained how he has been training for the event and the various techniques he is learning to complete his challenge.
“I have never ran professionally,” said Bewley. “It’s about digging deep. People can be inspired to push yourself as a human being.
Bewley has wanted to do this challenge since learning of Jocelyn’s rare and terminal lung cancer early in 2010.
“To see someone with such radiance and vitality go through what she went through will stay with me forever. To say that she ‘lost her battle with cancer’ would do a huge disservice to the incredible strength she showed during the course of her treatment.”
“It’s still very raw for me” explained Bewley. Today, Bewley is focused on running and raising money to donate to those responsible for treating her illness so others may be given the opportunity to fight as Jocelyn did.
Bewley first met Clarke on a bus in North Vancouver on his way to an audition two years ago. The next time he met her was on the set of “Twilight Saga: New Moon” where she was doubling for actress Dakota Fanning. That’s when their friendship was solidified.
“We enjoyed each other’s company when it serendipitously occurred,” recalls Bewley. “Jocelyn will always hold a place in me and I shall miss her.”
“We commend Charlie Bewley for his compassionate fundraising efforts and wish him well in his Run for Your Life,” said Joanne Gassman, Senior Vice President, BMO Bank of Montreal, BC Division. “All the employees at BMO Financial Group in British Columbia are pleased to be associated with such a healthy event that crosses all age categories and promotes good community spirit,” added Gassman.