Michel Duran
Michel Duran
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From the age of four, through doors opened initially by my mother who was a physical education teacher, I was involved in sports—first as a pole-vault athlete at the national championship level, then as a coach of the national backcountry ski team and finally, as a technical marketing agent for high performance sports equipment.

Sport has basically been the back bone of my life, after high school, I followed my mother's footsteps and did my undergraduate degree in kinesiology at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, University of Dijon, France, with a specialty in athletes training. This was followed by a Master of Science in sport physiology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Saint-Etienne, France.

In 1997, my wife and I moved from France to Vancouver with our two young children and changed career, focusing my energy on cinema and theatre as an actor and producer. At the end of 2004, I launched CMHL Enterprises, a company with the mandate to develop and produce motion pictures. Its repertoire includes the short films: The Window 2006 - presented at the 2006 Vancouver International Film Festival and California Balloons 2009; as well as A Night in Versailles, a live show based on the French Classical repertoire Theatre titled, Sganarelle, or the imaginary cuckold by Moliere mixed with live baroque music of the XVII century.

In 2010, I co-directed and played the lead role as "Marc" in my first feature film, Soufflé au Chocolat. In 2011, I co-produced the film, Truth, playing Jasper, a painter from the '50s. I spent the next two years focusing on the commercial side of movies, promoting Soufflé au Chocolat to various markets and film festivals.

In 2013, my effort were recompensed, the movie was screened at the Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois et Francophone, at the Sonoma International Film Festival (USA) and gathered 5 nominations at the 2013 Leo Awards (Canada) for Best pictures (Michel Duran, Fred Goldstein, Hélène Bruyère, Sabine Rouquès), Direction (Michel Duran, Fred Goldstein), Screenwriting (Michel Duran), Cinematography (Fred Goldstein) and Musical Score (Marc Baril). 

I decided to start training for an Ironman back in 2014 after I spent almost a year in New York, 10 days every month on a very tight budget, to try to put together an Off Broadway show. It didn’t work, it was time to go back to my roots – sports. I was sure that at least training would made me feel achieving tangible results. Finishing the 2015 Whistler Ironman was the cherry on the cake.

In 2016, I finished the Ironman Vineman in the Sonoma County achieving my PB, but still experiencing excruciating pain during the run. My ego being fulfilled after two Ironman done, I decided it was time to understand the process of training these specific endurance races and became a certified Ironman Coach in 2017. I needed basically to become a better runner and 2018 was used to dig into the world of long distance runners – except the painful experience to hit the wall at the 30K of the 2018 BMO Vancouver marathon, things are shaping up pretty good so far.