Today a friend invited me on Facebook to the Terry Fox Run. I looked at my calendar secretly hoping that I was working that day. It’s in between my days and nights, so I have the whole day off. SHIT!
So I signed up. This is actually a great first event for me. It’s not really a race but a running fundraiser for the Terry Fox Foundation. For my American friends Terry Fox was a young man who had cancer and lost his leg to it. In 1980 he started a run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. This run was called the Marathon of Hope. He started on the east coast and headed west running about 42 km (26 miles) a day with a prosthetic leg. After running 5373 km (3339 miles) in 143 days Terry Fox had to stop running because the cancer returned, this time in his lungs. He died in 1981 at 22 years old. The Terry Fox Run has raised over $650 million dollars since then, and that’s a pretty stellar legacy to leave.*
Terry Fox was from Port Coquitlam, BC which is just a few kilometers from where I grew up. I remember participating in the Terry Fox run every year in elementary school and junior high.
I think this is an amazing way to start off my running life because it is not really a race but a collaborative effort to support a great cause. It is non competitive and is on the same route that I ran yesterday so I know I can do it, and it doesn’t matter how long it takes me.
If you would consider supporting me for $1 to the Terry Fox Foundation I’ll reach my goal of $100 raised no problem. If everyone gives $2 I can double it. I really hate asking for money but I decided that just like running in public, I’m gonna suck it up and support this great cause and do something great for myself at the same time.
You can find my fundraising page here: Support the Pudgy Princess!
Alternately you can flip me a loonie the next time you see me and I’ll enter you on my fundraising page.
And my Whitehorse friends… I challenge you to run with me! I’m SO slow so even if you do zero training and walk fast I’m sure we can do it together.
Thanks for the invite Gillian!
*Info on Terry Fox from the Terry Fox Foundation Website