Sunday, September 23, 2012

Terry Fox Run

At the start of the run and ready to go

Last weekend Debbie and I did the Terry Fox Run, which is an annual event benefiting the Terry Fox Foundation and cancer research. My friend Eric happened to be in town for the weekend and came along as well. The course was 10 kilometers, starting from Garry Point park in Steveston and going up the dyke path along the water. The path is gravel, so it was pretty slow going; we started a half hour before the official start, and even at that we were so late getting back that everyone had packed up and left from the finish. It took us about three hours total, by far the longest I've wheeled in one go.

For my American friends that don't know, Terry Fox was a runner that had a leg amputated because of cancer. In 1980 he began his Marathon of Hope, a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research. He made it as far as Ontario, but unfortunately had to stop there as his cancer had spread; he died not long after. The runs began in 1981, and are now an annual event held across Canada and around the world.


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