Terry Fox

Posted by martin.parnell |

Below are the Latest Marathon stats:

  • Marathon: #060
  • Date: Monday April 12th  2010
  • Course: Calgary Pathways Marathon
  • Run time: 5hr 58min 36sec (See Garmin Connect)
  • Aver. Heart Rate: 103 BPM
  • Temperature C: -9C
  • Distance covered to date: 2532.0km (1572.0m)
  • Equivalent Flight distance, Calgary to: Chihauhau, Mexico
  • Total number of runners: 2

Last night when I went to bed I felt rotten. I had a splitting head ache, my back was sore and legs were stiff. I didn't feel much better this morning. I slept through the alarm and then had to rush to get ready. I had sort of planned to walk today but I arrived at the Shouldice Pool late and I had promised to meet a friend at Eau Claire. Only one option, get running AND it was snowing. Well, I started off at a sub-plod speed and at the end of five mins had hit the plods. Next run segment, I hit a jogging speed and to be honest didn't feel too bad. By the time I hit Eau Claire market, 10km from the pool, I felt pretty good. Cyrus was at the coffee shop and we headed off. It was misty with light snow and no wind, excellent. I had a funny incident near the end of the marathon. One minute my Garmin said 32km the next 34.5km. Either I stepped through a hole in the space / time continuum or my Garmin screwed up.

Thirty years ago today, Terry Fox dipped his foot in St. John's harbour and began his Marathon of Hope to raise cancer research funds. Terry  was a Canadian humanitarian, athlete and cancer research activist. In 1979, as a one-legged amputee, he embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research. Though the spread of his cancer forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,280 kilometres, and ultimately cost him his life, his determination and example created a lasting, worldwide legacy. Terry ended up raising $22 million during his epic run from St. John's to Thunder Bay, Ontario and since his death, the foundation that bears his name has raised nearly half a billion for cancer research.

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