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erry Fox was born on July 28, 1958 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and he changed the world. Diagnosed with osteosarcoma at 19, Fox refused to suffer in silence and in so doing, he changed our perception of the handicapped and sparked a medical revolution that has grossed nearly $700-million to date for cancer research. Fox, subject of an impressive, exhaustive emotional new exhibit at the Canadian Museum of History, ran 5,373 kilometres over 143 days on a prosthetic

leg and inspired people around the world to pay attention, one kilometer at a time. “Terry had been through the scourge of cancer, he got chemotherapy at a children’s hospital and he’d seen families mourning for their little kids and it tore his heart out—he wanted to do something,” says Sheldon Posen, who spent two years culling the museum exhibit from 130 boxes of archives, and tears up as he walks me through materials he’s seen a million times. “He’s an athlete, what’s he going

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to do? He ran.” Terry ran, and that’s what we’re celebrating this issue. As runner’s, we know the sports ups and downs: The cold mornings. The long nights. The nagging injuries. The pressure, both selfimposed and otherwise. Of course, none of our tribulations will ever broach Terry’s—as an international hero and icon, Terry Fox is beyond compare—but what made him so special is that he never saw himself as a God. He was humble. Businesslike. Canadian. He put his head down

and worked. In Leslie Scrivener’s book Terry Fox: His Story, this is how he described his training: “I broke it down. Get that mile down, get to that sign, get past that corner and around the bend. That’s all it was. That’s all I thought about. I didn’t think of anything else.” We celebrate Terry Fox for the good he did. For the example he set. For the way that he became not only the ultimate ambassador of our country, but of our sport. Here we bring together disparate, important voices to

look at the man behind the legacy: Darrell Fox, who was with his brother every step of the way; Douglas Coupland, who produced such an extraordinary tribute, with 100% of the proceeds going to cancer research, and Rick Hansen, who was so inspired by his friend’s Marathon of Hope, that he began his own journey—and raised, so far, $200-million for spinal chord research. We can never be like Terry Fox. Terry was one of a kind, and this everyone knows. But we’re runners. So every day, even when we’re not lacing up our shoes, we can try.





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training group got Darrell Fox to open up about his brother, the new museum exhibit and why his mother came around on Terry’s dirty sock.





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“SO RICK, I HAVE THIS IDEA …I’M THINKING ABOUT RUNNING ACROSS THE COUNTRY. ” Rick Hansen remembers the origin of The Marathon of Hope, and writes about how he still finds inspiration in his friend.




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n sixth grade I joined something called the “Fitness Club” at my elementary school. There was a cute girl involved, as I recall, and that provided enough of a reason as any to get involved at age 11. One of our first projects was to promote the annual Terry Fox Run in our neighbourhood. That was my first introduction to Canada’s most beloved runner and cancer advocate. With a little research I was quickly fascinated by his tenacity and stubbornness. Canada was so big! (It still is...) And he was going to run all the way across it? On an artificial leg? It just seemed too incredible to be real. I wasn’t born when Terry Fox ran his Marathon of Hope. But he represents something so significant in Canada’s sporting history, that young kids today still know his name and recognize his

accomplishments. He left such an inspirational legacy, for cancer patients and survivors, for runners, for every Canadian. He was a pioneer in a way; one of the very first true athlete ambassadors – now almost every pro athlete has a foundation or a charity they work with. When I think back to when I first became excited about sports, I’m reminded that I was a bit of a late-bloomer. I wasn’t a competitive athlete as a kid, I didn’t really watch sports on TV. My dad would bring my brother and I to an Argos game, but I recall being more interested in the SkyDome’s retractable roof and how many more litres of water went down all the toilets with one flush than over the Niagara Falls in two minutes. A few years later I wandered into the Burloak Canoe Club in Oakville, expecting to try

a new sport. I wanted to be the best at something, and since there weren’t any other kayakers in my class, I suppose I was taking the easy route to accomplishing that goal. It didn’t take long before I found further inspiration among the ranks of the Oldershaw clan and Olympic Gold medalist, Larry Cain on the 16 Mile Creek, and started to set some long-term goals. After competing at the Olympics in 2004 I went back to school full-time at McMaster University. I was 22 and anxious to get back to school after taking a year to concentrate solely on my preparation for the Olympics. A day before my first final exam in December, I got a phone call from my coach. He told me I’d won the Lou Marsh Award, as Canada’s athlete of the year for 2004, for winning gold and bronze in Athens. I was expected to do some TV and radio the next day, which was

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exciting, but what about my exams? Thankfully my professors appreciated my situation and let me write my exams after my interviews. But amidst all that studying, I had some other research to take care of. As I said, I wasn’t a huge sports fan. I recalled that Mike Weir won the Lou Marsh the year before and I knew that Wayne Gretzky certainly had as well. But I didn’t know who Lou Marsh was, or what an amazing honour it was at the time. As I read the other names of the Lou Marsh Award recipients I saw a lot of very familiar ones; The Great One was on there four times, fellow kayaker Caroline Brunet won in 1999 and I remembered that Donovan Bailey and Mark Tewksbury had also won the prestigious prize. But one name stood out among all the others. 1980 — Terry Fox. I was so struck by emotion at the idea of having my name on a trophy alongside Terry Fox’s that I couldn’t do anything except cry. It was too surreal. He wasn’t like me, he was a legend. He didn’t try to paddle a little boat or score goals, he tried to change the world. He was so much more than just an athlete, way more than a winner. Terry lost his fight with cancer, but he won a much greater battle. The Terry Fox Foundation has raised over $600 million for cancer research in Canada, creating a legacy or giving that will live on in perpetuity.

If Terry’s story can teach us anything, it’s that sport, and the people who do it, can truly create positive change. Sport isn’t just about medals and records and victory. It highlights real human stories, creates awareness, inspires us to dream and believe in ourselves and those around us. Terry was maybe the first athlete who advocated for a cause greater than his own campaign to win. Terry paved the way for people who do sports to be more than just athletes. Terry challenged the notion of disability, he wanted people to hear his message, so he set out to do something that nobody thought was possible. He said: “I just wish people would realize that anything is possible if you try. Dreams are made if people try.” I hope that as Canadians we continue to have the guts to dream as hard as Terry did. I hope kids hear about who Terry was and why he did what he did, and I hope that inspires them to set goals of their own and to be champions at whatever inspires them. Not just the kind of champion that crosses the finish line first or scores the winning goal – but the kind that Terry was, and continues to be, for us all. Adam van Koeverden is a four-time Olympic medalist, including gold at the 2004 summer games. The current kayak world champion in the K-1000 metre sprint, Koeverden is a contributor to iRun.



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SCHOOL TIES Andrew Chak goes back to school to see how today’s students respond to Terry’s memory. Hint: Through their dedication, he learns something about himself.


hen it comes to the annual Terry Fox Run at Millwood Junior School in Etobicoke, Ontario, they’re all in. They run and they get the whole community involved in a spirited, demonstrative manner to raise money for cancer research. Their enthusiasm and commitment has helped them to raise more than $5,000 over each of the past two years. I had a chance to chat with a group of Grade 5 students at Millwood to gain an understanding as to what Terry Fox meant to them. I started the conversation by going through a brief recap as

to who Terry was, the struggles he faced and what he accomplished during his lifetime. As the students reflected on Terry’s life, I was struck by the impact his story had in inspiring them to be able to overcome challenges. WHAT WORDS WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE TERRY FOX? The first question I asked the students was to share what words they would use to describe Terry. “Courageous. He went out and did something no one else had done before.” “Selfless. He thought of those who were suffering with cancer with no hope and wanted to

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help them.” “Eager. He was eager to finish the marathon. He was eager to raise money for cancer research.” “Persevering. He kept on going even if it hurt him.” I was impressed with how the students picked up on Terry’s selflessness in what he did and I was glad that this was something that stood out to them. WHAT IS IMPORTANT FOR OTHER KIDS TO KNOW ABOUT TERRY FOX? As the students heard more about what Terry did and how he did it, I asked them what they thought was important for other kids to know about him. “That he ran to raise money for cancer research and not to be famous.” “That he set a good example for others to follow.” “That he proved that something really difficult could be done.”

“That giving can help you and others no matter how hard it is.” “To never give up.” As the students shared their answers, I could see their minds processing new possibilities within their own lives as they realized that challenging goals could be accomplished even if they are hard to do. HOW DOES TERRY FOX INSPIRE YOU? The final question I asked these students was for them to share how Terry has inspired them. “To never give up on your dream.” “To persevere – even if you don’t want to keep on going.” “To always keep going no matter what.” “If you work hard, anything is possible.” “To believe in yourself.” Listening to these students’ answers was an important reminder for

me to believe in myself. Committing to a goal takes constant re-commitment and it always helpful to hear and re-hear the stories of those who kept on going. A PERSEVERING STORY As the students shared their answers, I couldn’t help but be moved. When I heard how inspired they were from Terry’s story, they inspired me. As the students from Millwood Junior School have shown, the response to Terry’s story is one of persevering inspiration, and the way in which we must respond is to persevere in sharing it with others. Andrew Chak is a father of three boys and author of The Obsessive Runner blog. He’s a Canada Running Series and Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend digital ambassador and part of the Rock 'n' Blog team for the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon series.




LEADER'S PLAYBOOK Losing both her parents to cancer as a young adult gave Krista DuChene a different perspective on her important role as both a mother and an elite athlete.


s a child, learning about Terry Fox’s life, his incredible determination, and his huge heart for others, I can clearly recall how emotional I felt. Terry was most influential in raising awareness, and money for cancer research, and he was selfless in his pursuit. Even now, whenever I’m watching a film of him running, I’m flooded with emotion. Each September, during the annual Terry Fox Run, my children, along with millions of others, are still learning the impact of Terry’s work and being inspired by his story. Having lost both parents to cancer as a young adult, my involvement with raising awareness about cancer prevention has definitely had the most significant personal inmpact. It stirred a passion to focus on my own health and do what I can to help others learn more about prevention through maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle. Growing up with five siblings, I was an active and outgoing child and my dad would tell me that I couldn’t do everything. At the time I wasn’t thrilled to hear his advice, but like many boundaries set by parents, it was true. These days as a 38-year-old mom of three, aiming to run in the 2016 Olympic Games Marathon, realizing that I can’t do everything, is an absolute must. Even still, I realized early on in life, that there’s also a lot we can do, simply by setting a good example. As a dietician, I focus my patients on filling half their plates with vegetables at lunch and dinner, limiting alcohol and fatty meats. Although others have different lunches at school,


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I’m teaching my children about making choices based on our family’s values. Even when that means baking cookies at home instead of buying packaged ones, I’m all about explaining how we’re responsible for our choices and how it’s important to lead by example. In a similar way, as an elite marathoner, I encourage others to set goals and get active every day, even if it means starting with only five minutes at a time. Along with my success as a marathoner, the frequency of requests for advice, interviews and public speaking engagements has increased. For me, each one of my roles has been an opportunity to lead by example. Whether I’m speaking at a fundraising event, working with clients or teaching my children, I continue to try and lead by example. As my dad said, we can’t do everything but as Terry showed us, we all can do something.


Krista DuChene holds the second fastest female marathon time in Canadian history. Racing the Canadian Half Marathon Championships last April in Montreal, DuChene finished the course on a broken leg. Her website is

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“SO RICK, I HAVE THIS IDEA … I’M THINKING ABOUT RUNNING ACROSS THE COUNTRY.” Rick Hansen, the Man in Motion, remembers his friend Terry Fox


hen Terry first came to wheelchair basketball, he was still in chemotherapy and he showed up in a wig. He’d just lost his hair. Him and I were point guards, and when he scored I’d pat him on the head, and he’d look at me funny. I didn’t know what was up. Anyway, we had a game early on against Spokane, and on one possession, he drove into the key and I passed him the ball and a bunch of big guys swatted for it, one missed the ball and a plume of hair shot out into the sidelines. Up sprung Terry, beet red; he moved toward the sidelines to get it—but then caught himself and had a chuckle like everyone else. He left the wig there on the sidelines and kept playing. I knew then that he’d be all right. I used to tell Terry about this hill—five kilometres up Burnaby Mountain and steep, steep, steep. I was going to UBC for human kinetics and Terry was in SFU for kinesiology. This was 1977 and I only had to tell Terry about that hill one time—we’d leave the cars down at the bottom, wheel up to the top, workout with weights, go on the

basketball court, shoot hoops and practice, then glide back down the hill to our cars after four hours of practice. There weren’t a lot of guys who had that level of commitment. Our workouts were hard. There are stereotypical statements about Terry: he was an average Canadian with extraordinary determination; you’d never pick him out of a crowd, that sort of thing. That’s true. He was shy. But he also had a great dry sense of humour and he loved adventure. He was super-competitive, determined, and driven. I think Terry’s greatest strength was his focus. I respected that. I remember after he’d lost his leg, he was self-conscious. But he started to develop new abilities and recognize fundamentally that, although he lost his leg, he was the same Terry— this is when he decided to pay it forward: To use his experience—his pain and suffering and losing his leg—to be inspired. He wanted to make a difference, not just receive benefit and support, but contribute. I’ll never forget when I first heard about the Marathon of Hope. We


were travelling back from a game in my green Honda. We roomed together and travelled together and we’d been driving for a while, then the drive got real quiet. He cleared his throat and said, ‘So Rick, I have this idea… I’m thinking about running across the country to help support cancer research. Think I can do it?’ ‘Of course, you can do it,’ I said. Being handicapped, especially back then, involves a transition: you need to see yourself as still being a person. In the early stages, I’d sell my soul for the use of my legs, but now I’d never trade my life for anything. Terry, same thing. Once he knew he could embrace his position, and he had the love and support of family and friends, he could shape his mission to make a difference. We had huge swings of emotion during his run. Pride, excitement, expectation—clearly he was going to make it, just like we talked about in that Honda. Then, on that rainy

November evening, it was gathering momentum when he was forced to abandon the journey outside Thunder Bay. It was devastating. We thought the cancer had disappeared. Was beaten. We worried about overuse, fatigue, the stump impacting his skin. But not cancer. No one thought it would be lurking again. It seemed so unexpected. So unforeseen. He was coming down the home stretch… Being there with him as a friend when he came home, not just at the hospital, but coming over to the apartment and spending some time—we really thought that like so many other challenges, he’d beat this one, too. We all carried on. I mean, the nation did, by embracing his dream and contributing to the support of cancer research. We rallied around the family and held the first Terry Fox Run. We wanted to see the dream continue. Some would say he didn’t complete the journey, well,

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maybe he didn’t complete the physical destination, but his bigger destination was to raise a dollar from every Canadian and his journey I think was finished, because the country picked him up and helped him finish and showed that true movements are bigger than any one individual. We express ourselves in Terry Fox Runs annually—not only to help him complete his dream, but to see the day when cancer is beaten. Terry, to me, is this guy who started out self-conscious about wearing a wig to play basketball and became something else, something bigger, someone who sacrificed everything for a goal that seemed impossible and gave everything to get there. In doing so, he helped all of us to see a little of ourselves in him and in his dream. His contributions I know outweigh all his costs and what I like about Terry is that we don’t put him on a pedestal because the average person can make contributions that far outweigh their costs. That’s where the hero resonates the most. Rick Hansen is a Paralympian and philanthropist whose eponymous organization has raised over US$200million for spinal chord injury-related programs. Known as “The Man in Motion,” his website is





He’s run across the Patagonian and Sahara deserts and shares his passion for running with youth through Impossible2Possible. So where does Ray Zahab garner his inspiration? His hero: Terry Fox.


erry Fox is a true inspiration. He proved we truly are capable of amazing things in our lives. Terry reminds us that it really is about putting actions in motion, in order to create a big impact. Looking at someone like Terry who was able to do something extraordinary, it really changes your perspective about what can be achieved. There was an honesty in Terry’s mission that


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really resonates with me and I think that’s one of the reasons that his mission carries on today. In a very real way, what Terry did, became an inspiration to millions of people. He wasn’t beginning this run for any personal gain, but he was doing it because he wanted to make a difference—that’s a true hero. For Canadians, I feel that there’s this automatic connection

to Terry Fox. No matter what you do, we as Canadians identify and love him. I think Terry’s story had and continues to have an appeal to so many Canadians because he was such a real and genuine person. He was a real person, going through cancer, struggling with losing his leg yet he was determined to make a difference in the best way that he knew how. There really was no

stopping Terry and the grit that kept him going, that’s a big part of what Canadians remember and find inspirational. When I look at what the Terry Fox Foundation has accomplished, in the past three decades, beginning with what Terry did, that’s so extraordinary. From the research dollars raised to the awareness and carrying on his story to another generation of young people, that has such a lasting effect. Young people today are incredibly savvy so hearing Terry’s story, learning about what he did, really can reenergize their spirit and make them realize

they can do something as extraordinary too. Terry’s message is so pure. When you have someone like Terry his legacy and everything he does becomes so timeless. He was (and still is) the real deal. It’s this authenticity that people continue to run with and apply to their own lives as they carry on through their own journey. Ray Zahab is the founder of Impossible2Possible, which educates youth through adventure training. An ultra marathoner, public speaker and author of Running for My Life, Zahab is an iRun contributor. His website is

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SATURDAY, APRIL 26TH, 1980 DAY 15 / 25 MILES / TOTAL 337 MILES Slowly the seeing double went away, but my eyes were glossy and I was lightheaded. I told myself it is too late to give up. I would keep going no matter what happened. If I died, I would die happy because I was doing what I wanted to do. How many people could say that? I went out and did fifteen pushups on the road and then took off. My head was light but the double sightedness went away. At five miles Doug and I talked about it for a while. I cried because I knew I was going to make it or be in a hospital bed or dead. I want to set an example that will never be forgotten. It is courage and not foolishness. It wasn’t a waste.

iRun today to help me heal as I start my journey to my new life — Leanne Loney, Ontario







he Feet Don’t Fail Me Now running club has taken on a novel pursuit: moving from the couch to the marathon in only one year. We started out in June and enjoyed huge progress as we ran A Midsummer Night’s 5K and then trained through fall for December’s Tannenbaum 10K, and experienced both races under the sun. These days, as we inch toward the Chilly Half on March 1 in Burlington, and long runs have reached 19K, it’s testing our resilience. In honour of this month’s issue, I thought it might arrest people’s spirit to introduce them to Darrell Fox. 22

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“I feel lucky and blessed and undeserving to hangout where I do. I don’t hangout in the past, but I like to go there and learn from it, and as an eyewitness to history, I can tell you, it was never dull,” says Darrell, who has been instrumental in getting the Museum of Natural History exhibit on his brother up to speed. “He was up at 4:30 and ran most of the day on a leg that couldn’t be modified for running and Terry, being humble, caring, compassionate, the underdog—Canadians relate to that and see themselves in Terry. He’s their brother, their cousin, their son.”

Alan Casey is a prostate cancer survivor and arguably the fastest member of our group. He asked Darrell about how hard it was for Terry to stay positive as he saw his health fail. “I was 17 and sitting in the van and I was exhausted, so that’s the question I ask myself every day,” Darrell says. “He didn’t think of what he was doing as difficult, not compared to seeing those affected by the disease. Relative to that—he said he was having fun.” Angela Hamill is a wife and mother and she’s learned tremendous amounts about herself and her running as the

course has gone on. She’s learned that she enjoys running slower for longer and not worrying about her times. I’d forgotten how important that was. She asked for Darrell’s fondest memory from the Marathon of Hope. “People think it would be watching him run, but it’s the honesty of hearing him speak,” says Darrell, who, inspired by his brother, had a 13-and-ahalf-year running streak going until knee surgery sidelined him on July, 28, 2011, Terry’s birthday. “You’d think after hearing the same thing a hundred times that it would get boring, but know what? It never did.” In Toronto, we had a brutal windstorm in the beginning of January and most of the group, sensibly, cut their run short. Not Emily Tomisch, whose runs generally take longer than anyone else in the class. She asked Darrell what’s the one piece from the exhibit every runner should see. “The sock he wore

on the artificial leg that he placed on the foot on April 7, five days before he headed to St. John’s, that he never took off during the Marathon of Hope,” says Darrell, adding that, even when Terry had to come off the road, he kept that sock on the leg because he still held out hope that he’d return to finish his race. “Only when he knew he would pass from cancer did he remove the sock, and he buried it in his sock drawer and mom, even though she’d been complaining about it, she eventually found it and knew about the significance that it held.” The only member of our group who saw Terry run is Peter Symons, who has been set back from injury for most of our half marathon session. Working at Manulife at the time on Bloor Street, everyone in his office left work early to cheer Terry on. He said, “Terry has arguably raised more money than any other single person in Canadian history. What was it about Terry that caught the nation’s attention?” “Terry believed in himself and he believed in this country, Canadians are good people and they wanted to find something meaningful to rally around,” Darrell says. “I spent three months watching Terry run from the side of the road and the inside of a van and watching the reaction of Canadians as Terry ran by you, you don’t forget that image. You don’t forget that.” Ben Kaplan is the General Manager of iRun magazine. His first book, Feet Don't Fail Me Now, was published by Greystone Press last year.

iRun to stay healthy and young and to inspire my children. — Pierrette Boutin, Nova Scotia


BY THE NUMBERS When Terry Fox dipped his artificial leg into the Atlantic Ocean in Newfoundland on April 12, 1980, he embarked on a journey that was fueled by a single dream: a world without cancer. Today, millions of children, youth and adults around the world have been moved by this young man’s determination and commitment. Dedicated to funding research, the Terry Fox Foundation continues to share Fox’s remarkable story, inspiring the next generation to follow in his footsteps. Here’s a look at how Terry Fox and the Foundation have impacted the lives of many and how his legacy continues to live on.


average kilometres Fox ran through the Maritime provinces, Quebec and Ontario.

9 number of shoes Terry wore over his six-month journey. Eight on his real foot. One on his prosthetic leg.


the year that Terry was voted Canadian of the Year by Canadian Press editors. Two other major awards he won that year—the Companion of the Order of Canada and the Lou Marsh Award for outstanding athletic achievement.


days that Terry Fox ran during the Marathon of Hope.


number you can text “Terry Fox” to make a $5 donation to the Terry Fox Foundation.

650,000,000 dollars raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry Fox’s name.

5,373 18 24,117,000 84 3,500,000

February 1, 1981 day Fox’s dream of raising a dollar for every Canadian was realized.

total kilometres he covered.

cents from every dollar raised by the Foundation that goes specifically for cancer research


and 41 per cent: number of Canadian men and women, respectively, who will develop cancer in their lifetime.

months of training that Fox completed before he began his cross-country run.

dollars raised during the first Terry Fox Run held on September 13, 1981.

9,000+ number of runs held in Terry Fox’s name.


63% today’s likelihood of at least a five-year survival after receiving a cancer diagnosis.

dollar amount raised for cancer research during the Marathon of Hope.

number of kilometres of the Trans-Canada Highway, situated between Thunder Bay and Nipigon, renamed the Terry Fox Courage Highway.

average number of Canadians diagnosed with cancer each day.

2010 year that Bettie Fox was selected to be a flag-bearer at the Vancouver Olympics

83 FOURTEEN 1,152 1,700,000

total amount, by that day, which was raised.

number of cancer research projects the Terry Fox Foundation has supported worldwide over the past 35 years.

number of Canadian schools named after Terry Fox and 15 roads.

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A TRIBUTE TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF HEROES FOLLOWING IN TERRY FOX’S LEGENDARY SHOES Terry Fox was a once in a lifetime hero, role model and an icon. It takes a lot to win a race. It takes something extraordinary to inspire a nation. Herewith, ten Canadian runners that do the memory of Terry Fox proud. For Saucony, running any distance, at any speed, for any purpose (a PR, for fun, a charity, what have you), is important. But nothing matters more than how running inspires us along our journey—to be better husbands, better wives, better members of our community, better people. Here, Saucony celebrates these exemplars of the running lifestyle that we live: #FindYourStrong TARA BERRY, 29, VANCOUVER

Runners’ Treadmill Challenge, which benefits the Hope Mission’s Kids in Action Program and aims to purchase 200 pairs of sneakers and healthy foods. Follow him on Twitter: @RCRCrew

Tara will complete her second 100K race later this year and loves her volunteer work at Cheshire Homes Society of BC (CHSBC) that serves people living with an acquired brain injury. Tara organized an annual fundraising event called “Wheel, Walk, Run for Brain Injury Awareness.” She hopes to increase the public’s awareness of acquired brain injury and the psychological challenges that can accompany the disability. You can follow Tara’s adventures at



This marathoner was diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia at 17, which required a pacemaker. She calls herself a “genetic hot mess” because less than ten years later, at 26, she learned that she carried the breast cancer gene, BRCA1; as a result, she underwent a preventative double mastectomy. She has gone on to defy the expectations for someone with a “robotic heart” and Krysten runs in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Breast Cancer Association. You can cheer for her on Twitter: @darwinianfail.



As a member of the Board of Directors of the Quebec City Literacy Foundation, Monique is committed to making sure everyone has the ability to read. She uses her love of running to support her passion for literacy. This year, she and her running group will be running the ScotiaBank Montreal Half Marathon to raise money for the foundation. She loves that running can be enjoyed anywhere at any time without anything more than running shoes. You can follow Monique on her blog: fank-u.



Jim ran his first half marathon in 2009 and, only weeks later, was diagnosed with cancer. He says “everything changed” for him after that and his second race, while going through chemo, was an unbelievable six day event that saw him cover 250K. His biggest strength seems to be his optimistic outlook, shared on Twitter: @optimismninja and at



The elite master’s runner supports the Street2Peak initiative, which serves kids who struggle in mainstream classrooms and offers them a place to learn. It’s important to Catherine to see that kids from all kinds of backgrounds are exposed to the self-confidence building benefits of putting one foot in front of the other. “When you are running, it doesn’t matter what your background is, it’s all about that you can accomplish your goal.” Check out what Catherine is up to at runmommaster. blogspot.comand on Twitter: @ runmommaster.


JIM WILLET marathon at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. This time his passion and effort will be on behalf of the #BeenRapedNeverReported movement. Connect with Jean-Paul on Twitter: @runjprun and check out his blog

SHANNON PENWAY, 26, AND JOEL PAYEUR, 32, VANCOUVER Shannon and Joel run for Team Finn, which is a charitable organization that enhances the lives of families affected by childhood cancers. They recently partnered with the Terry Fox Foundation. Find the duo on Twitter: @ coupleofrunners.

JEAN-PAUL BEDARD, 49, TORONTO With over 100 marathons and ultramarathons to his credit, Jean-Paul Bedard feels better the further he runs. Jean-Paul is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and addiction. He ran a ‘double' Boston Marathon to raise awareness and money for the Gatehouse Treatment Centre in Toronto. 2015 will see him go even further and run a ‘triple’

As a volunteer at Ronald McDonald House in Moncton, Flewelling felt strongly about combining her love of running and fundraising for the organization. She supports families who stay at RMH and she also has personal ties there. In late 2013, 71 days after her surgery, Charlotte became the finisher she set out to be by completing her first 5K race. In 2014 she took the leap from 5K to debut at the Bluenose 10K in Halifax. An optimist to the core, engage with her on Twitter: @charlotteannef

Alicia has been running since she was 10. She has used her enthusiasm to support the BC and AB Guide Dogs through a charity run called Dash for Dogs. This race raises money to support the visually impaired and sees participants choose from a 5 or 10K run or a 2K walk. She has also started a not for profit organization called Girls Gone Wilderness. This initiative gives girls the chance to move away from makeup and fashion and explore the outdoors. Find Alicia on Twitter: @ gingerunner To demonstrate Saucony’s commitment to not only making the world’s best running shoes but also the world’s best runners, we’ll be following our ten heroes adventures all year with the hashtag #FindYourStrong. What are you doing to enhance your running community? Let us know, and join the movement!


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Health Check PLAY AN ACTIVE ROLE IN YOUR HEALTH Early cancer detection increases the success of treatment. Along with regular check ups with healthcare professionals, the Canadian Cancer Society recommends speaking with your doctor, sooner than later, if you notice any of these changes.

TEAM TERRY: STORIES OF TRUE GRIT Selfless, determined, and dedicated: characteristics used to describe Terry Fox, and could easily describe members of Terry’s Team. Anna Lee Boschetto spoke with cancer survivors, who are all members of Terry’s Team to find out what the young man from British Columbia means to them 35 years later. cancer in 2008. I realized that the funds we’d helped raise in Terry’s name were actually helping save our own lives.” – GORDON EATON, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

3 Any lump or swelling in the breast, testicles or any other part of the body.

3 Any sore which does not heal anywhere on your body, including in your mouth.

3 Unexplained weight loss, indigestion, fever, fatigue or aches and pains.


“At 17 I was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, the same type of cancer that Terry Fox had. The biggest example of what he did, the awareness and funding efforts towards research meant that I didn’t require an amputation.” — ANNA SOLNICKOVA, BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA

3 Any new growth on the skin, or patches of skin that bleed, itch or become red, or changes the size, shape or colour of an existing mole or wart.


“We had been going to the Terry Fox run, but after my husband Shane was diagnosed, I wondered when Terry received the dollar that really made the difference in research for my husband. Now we think, maybe we’ll raise the dollar that makes the difference in prevention for other people.” — LISA WORMAN, KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA

3 Ongoing cough, hoarseness or a croaky voice, difficulty swallowing or blood in phlegm.

3 Any change in bladder or bowel habits, such as pain or difficulty urinating, constipation or diarrhea. Check out to learn more about cancer detection and prevention. Source: Canadian Cancer Society


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years ago. I wondered what my future would be. I thought a lot about Terry. These days, I continue to enjoy running and in the last five or six miles of a marathon I am thinking about Terry to help me cross the finish line.” – BRENDA KRUEGER, WINNIPEG,

FAMILY MATTERS “When she was three, my daughter was diagnosed with cancer and we were asked if they could do additional testing. The very first thing I thought of was, this is possible because of the work that Terry Fox had done.”

“Initially, my involvement was purely for Terry Fox. Then, in 2005 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and my wife was diagnosed with tongue

“When I had children, I started taking them to Terry Fox Runs because I admired Terry so much. But it all meant so much more when I had cancer removed from my left leg nine

“My experience with the run predates my experience with cancer. When I run, I always think about him and looking at the next light pole or power pole and I think about how much harder it was for him.”— MICHELLE TWIGG “When my husband Shane and I were diagnosed with cancer, we had the discussion about whether we were living our lives differently now and we do. Terry inspired us to become braver people.” — LISA WORMAN, KINGSTON, ONTARIO

POWER OF PEOPLE “Terry taught us that every person and every dollar makes a difference. Following Terry's lessons helps us become better people, in all aspects of our lives.” — BRENDA KRUEGER, WINNIPEG, MANITOBA

“Like many in 1980, I was blown away by the incredible efforts of one, very determined young man as he attempted to run a marathon a day across Canada. I made a personal commitment to participate in the very first Terry Fox Run on September 13th, 1981 and in every run thereafter. I was 39 when I made that commitment — today I’m 72 and feel very proud to have kept it.” – GORDON EATON



“Terry showed us that one very determined person can make a huge positive difference in other people's lives – and he did it by example, with no personal financial rewards. How noble and unselfish is that?” —GORDON EATON

“The best part about being involved in the Terry Fox Run is the people. It’s a place where we can laugh, cry and share our journeys with each other.”

“Sitting on a gym floor in Kingston Ontario, I remember watching a film about Terry Fox and when the lights were turned back on, I remember seeing teachers who were crying and I knew I had to pay attention. Terry wasn’t about being the best, but rather doing your best.”




“After being diagnosed with breast cancer, I was open about it and as a result I’ve met some amazing people who were also diagnosed. Sharing our stories gives people strength and hope.”

iRun because the birds are singing, the sun is shining, and spring is finally in the air! — Sue Wemp, Ontario

Most runners use their arms for balance and to help propel forward. Terry had to use his arms to keep him balanced, and to help his body hopping motion. This movement put extra strain on his core and trunk muscles.


Just to walk with an above knee prosthetic limb takes 30 - 35% more energy. Why? “You have lost the muscles that are going to create power and push your body forward, there is no energy production in a prosthesis,” Dr. Dudek says.

The trunk lean is to help maintain his balance by keeping the centre of mass directly overtop of the base of support. The side lean also helps to generate energy for the “hop” running style.

Terry’s prosthetic leg was attached to his body with a belt that caused chafing and blistering.


Huge advances have been made in prosthetics since Terry’s Marathon of Hope. Artificial knees can now be made with computer controlled hydraulic systems, allowing the artificial joint to adjust to the runner’s speed, stride by stride.


Prosthetic limbs are attached to the body in a variety of ways. Instead of belts, which cause painful chafing and blisters, prosthetics are now attached using suction cups made of silicon. This allows the wearer to feel more comfortable, and to move more confidently.

Runners hit the ground with a force three times greater than their body weight. Terry’s adapted running style was comprised of shorter strides so he hit the ground more often – robbing his body of a rest period between strides.


The impact from distance running causes joints to dehydrate. The time between strides, and the days between runs, give the joints time to rehydrate and heal. Terry ran with a shorter stride, with less time between steps. This, along with the lack of rest days, would result in extra trauma to his joints.


Specialists call running with a prosthetic limb “adaptive running.” This is because amputees have to learn a whole new way of walking, before even thinking about running. Using a prosthetic takes determination and months of practice. It can take two years to master a prosthetic limb.

Terry controlled his prosthetic leg by engaging his hip flexors and extenders – but because his artificial knee couldn’t move fast enough he had to ‘hop up’ every stride so the prosthetic would land properly. If he landed on the artificial leg before it was straight, it would collapse and he would fall to the ground.

Terry’s artificial knee had a spring, allowing him to bend the leg during the running motion, but the spring couldn’t reload fast enough when he was running, hence his ‘hopping’ running style.

The calf muscles typically produce 90% of the energy for forward propulsion. Terry’s left calf is over-developed to compensate for the prosthetic limb. His right hip extensors will also help compensate when pushing off with the right limb.



n 1980, after losing his right leg to cancer, Terry Fox embarked on a journey that would inspire millions and bring hope to cancer sufferers across the world. The amount of running he was able to do in the short time he did it was an amazing athletic feat. Add to that a cancer battle and an above knee amputation, and his Marathon of Hope was nothing short of

extraordinary. “We are really well adapted to run, we can run for long periods of time,” explains Dr. Robert Gordon of the University of Ottawa. The mechanics of running allow our bodies to spend very little time striking the ground, and lots of time swinging through the air. “In a full-out run, you actually spend more time in the air than you do on the ground,” Dr. Gordon says. The time spent in

the air allows new blood to flow into the legs and knees, transporting fresh blood to the areas that are working hardest. This rest time is crucial for running comfortably and injury free. Terry Fox wasn’t afforded that luxury. He ran with a prosthetic leg that contained a basic hinge and a spring that acted as a knee. His prosthetic limb was heavy, slow and archaic compared to today’s prosthetics.

iRun because I can, even though for a long time I thought I couldn’t. — Dany Whittom, Québec

He had to relearn how to walk, and eventually work up the strength to run, a process that takes about three to six months, says Dr. Nancy Dudek, medical director of the Amputee Rehabilitation Program at the University of Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre. Herewith, Dr. Dudek and Dr. Gordon, and Dr. Reed Ferber, investigator with the Faculty of Kinesiology and Nursing at the University of Calgary, tell us how Terry ran.


technology is gone. I know there was once this guy who was a myth, because the man that I know transcends time.

DO YOU REMEMBER WHERE YOU WERE AT THE START OF THE MARATHON OF HOPE? I would’ve been 18 and I was working in Germany and I came back and, weirdly, he died on the same day I started art school. It was a beginning and an ending at the same time.


FLOATING LIKE A CONSTELLATION Douglas Coupland on the moment he felt Terry Fox’s magnetic appeal


n 2005, Douglas Coupland made the book Terry, a one of a kind visual history of the life and times of Terry Fox. Touching, inspiring— stunning to look at and hold—the book was a touchstone of Museum of History curator Sheldon Posen’s research and serves as a stark reminder of a great Canadian and how the country responded at a singular moment in time. Coupland, an author, visual artist and resident of Vancouver, B.C., recently got on the phone with Ben Kaplan to talk about his book—which donated 100% of its profit to cancer research—and the Terry Fox legacy, 35 years after the Marathon of Hope began.

and none of us are. The book was intended to get younger people engaged with his story.


“Myth” is something that transcends time; that transcends history. It’s something that sticks with the species long after the

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WHAT IS IT ABOUT HIS STORY THAT HOLDS SUCH APPEAL? A myth only comes around once every hundred years and Terry was a myth that landed in suburban Vancouver in 1980 and, as time goes by, he proves to be the only truly enduring Canadian myth of the late 20th century.

"The wonder of the Marathon of Hope is: he got Canadian people involved."

and Rolly [Terry’s parents], in the bowels of BC Place Stadium in Vancouver. Seventy-five percent of Terry’s archives were stored there and I was like a kid in a candy shop, but the other three were standing by the door, and Betty was kind of clutching her purse, and I realized—they hadn’t been in here since that first day and being in the room brought everything back.



iRun because it brings me pure joy! — Leanne Douglas, Ontario


Foxes everyone’s mom. I’m looking at these, and everyone’s mom has the same handwriting, and you’re reading these messages and it’s just endless. Tens of thousands of handwritten notes and, eventually, going through this stuff, the paper and envelopes fell away and all that was remaining was the content itself floating like a constellation.

HOW DID YOU FEEL? Like an amazing sense of peace and wonderment at being alive in that moment. You have to remember: had he not faced death head-on the way he did, we would never have known these things about ourselves, our nation—our feelings for our families and friends. Without Terry Fox, none of this would

have happened.

WHAT IS IT THAT CANADIANS TOOK TO IN FOX? You can say selfsacrificing. That’s why people are so respectful of fire fighters, for example. Fire fighters deal with death every day. Every step, Terry was also thinking about life and death and, this is

iRun for my mental health, to get outdoors and feel the fresh air in my face. — Chantal March, Newfoundland

important, in 1980, if you were missing a limb or in a wheelchair, no one talked to you. Terry blew all that up. Cancer, too.

HOW SO? 1980, cancer was a death sentence. A boogeyman. No one talked about it. But Terry put a young face on it. He ran across Canada with it. People are generous, but they want

to do something. The wonder of the Marathon of Hope is: he got Canadian people involved.





TERRY’S MENU: Cheeseburger 343 calories, 17 g protein, 16 g fat (7 g saturated),

32 g carbohydrates, 798 mg sodium

HEALTHY SWAP: Grilled salmon burger with tzatziki BONUS: Superb omega-3 fatty acid content to reduce inflammation and help lubricate joints.


TERRY’S MENU: French fries 491 calories, 6 g protein, 24 g fat, 63 g carbohydrates,

607 mg sodium per 170 g

HEALTHY SWAP: Roasted sweet potato spears BONUS: Outstanding source of vitamin A to boost white blood cell activity.


TERRY’S MENU: Apple pie 411 calories, 4 g protein, 19 g fat, 58 g carbohydrates

(36 g sugar), 327 mg sodium per slice

HEALTHY SWAP: Baked apple with figs and cinnamon BONUS: Rich in potassium to replenish electrolytes lost in sweat.


TERRY’S MENU: Chocolate milkshake 700 calories, 15 g protein, 20 g fat (12 g saturated),



uelling your body to run 5,373 kilometres in 143 days is not a simple task. So what did Terry Fox eat throughout his Marathon of Hope? It’s natural to assume that he had a sound nutritional strategy—such as optimizing his intake of carbohydrates, fat, and protein from pre- and post-run meals, balancing water consumption to maintain hydration, stay energized and prevent muscle cramps, as well as replenishing the sodium, potassium, iron, and calcium lost while he ran. Did Terry eat foods with probiotics to reduce leaky gut syndrome, omega-3 fatty acids to relieve joint pain,

or antioxidants to boost his immune system and speed up muscle recovery? Surprisingly, Terry conquered unbelievable distances with no such dietary philosophy. His meals came from gas stations, diners, and restaurants across the country with the goal of re-fuelling his body to replace the calories he burned. He was reported to have eaten mostly carbheavy foods, such as hash browns, muffins and French fries, accompanied by pop, milkshakes and his favourite food, the cheeseburger. Many reporters who dined with Terry were astonished by the quantity of food that he ate. According to Leslie Scrivener, author of


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INGREDIENTS: 2 tsp olive oil or coconut oil 2 eggs 1 egg white 1/4 cup chopped mushrooms 1/4 cup chopped cherry tomatoes 1/2 cup fresh spinach 1/2 cup cooked quinoa

HEALTHY SWAP: Mixed berry yogurt smoothie BONUS: Supplies probiotic bacteria to minimize post-run gastrointestinal upsets. TERRY’S MENU: Peanut butter and honey sandwich

Terry Fox: His Story, for one of his snacks, “Terry ordered a cheeseburger, a plate of French fries, a generous slice of apple pie, and a chocolate milkshake.” A lot has changed since Terry’s run in 1980 and sports nutrition has become a hot topic for even the most recreational runners. With this in hand, we know that many of the foods that Terry ate during his Marathon of Hope were not the healthiest options. Here are 10 healthy food swaps for Terry’s marathon menu. Patience Lister is a food scientist and natural health product researcher. She writes frequently about health and nutrition. Her website is

DIRECTIONS: In a bowl, beat eggs. Mix in quinoa and then set aside. Heat oil in a small skillet on medium heat. Add mushrooms and tomatoes and lightly cook, then add spinach and cook until wilted. Poor in eggs and

114 g carbohydrates (97 g sugar), 300 mg sodium per 473 ml


QUINOA AND SPINACH OMELET Omelets are a quick and healthy meal that can be eaten any time of day. Adding quinoa kicks the protein and carbohydrate contents up a notch for terrific pre- or post-run nourishment.

quinoa mixture. Once the eggs are firm enough, fold the omelet in half. Cook until the eggs are firm and moist, but not hard. Salt and pepper to taste.

210 calories, 7 g protein, 9 g fat, 26 g carbohydrates (9 g sugar), 230 mg sodium per 58 g

HEALTHY SWAP: Banana and almond butter sandwich on whole grain bread BONUS: Dense source of energy and heart healthy monounsaturated fat.


TERRY’S MENU: Cola 160 calories, 0 g protein, 0 g fat, 42 g carbohydrates

(42 g sugar), 40 mg sodium per 355 ml

HEALTHY SWAP: Iced green tea BONUS: Natural supply of caffeine and infection fighting polyphenols.


TERRY’S MENU: Cap’n Crunch cereal 220 calories, 2 g protein, 3 g fat, 46 g carbohydrates

(24 g sugar), 400 mg sodium per 1.5 cups

HEALTHY SWAP: Steel cut oats topped with dried cranberries and walnuts BONUS: Low glycemic index and 112 g of carbohydrates per cup for optimal endurance.


TERRY’S MENU: Beans in maple syrup 320 calories, 16 g protein, 1 g fat, 62 g carbohydrates

(24 g sugar), 840 mg sodium per cup

HEALTHY SWAP: Organic baked beans in tomato sauce BONUS: Elite iron levels to help oxygenate working muscles.


TERRY’S MENU: French toast 298 calories, 10 g protein, 14 g fat, 33 g carbohydrates,

622 mg sodium per 2 slices

HEALTHY SWAP: Quinoa and spinach omelet (see recipe) BONUS: Complete source of essential amino acids to repair and build muscle tissue.


TERRY’S MENU: Grilled cheese sandwich 360 calories, 15 g protein, 13 g fat (8 g saturated),

40 g carbohydrates, 1040 mg sodium

HEALTHY SWAP: Grilled turkey breast and avocado wrap BONUS: Lean source of protein and vitamin B6 to boost physical and mental energy.

iRun because NO ONE can do it for me. — Johanne Kenney





ALBERTA 1. 2. 3. 4.

Banff Calgary Edmonton Red Deer


NORTHWEST TERRITORIES 17. Aklavic 18. Fort Simpson 19. Inuvik 20. Yellowknife

31. Charlottetown, 32. Cornwall 33. Kensington 34. Victoria



Chilliwack 21. Amherst Kelowna New Westminster 22. Digby 23. Poplar Grove Vancouver 24. Yarmouth MANITOBA NUNAVUT 9. Brandon 10. La Salle 11. Selkirk 12. Winnipeg

25. Iqaluit 26. Igloolik


27. Ajax 28. Elliot Lake 29. Hamilton 30. Toronto

13. Deer Island 14. Fredericton 15. Moncton 16. Saint John



35. Gatineau 36. Kirkland 37. Montreal 38. Verchéres

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39. Abbey 40. Foam Lake 41. Moose Jaw 42. Regina YUKON 43. Carmacks 44. Dawson City, 45. Watson Lake 46. Whitehorse

47. Baie Verte 48. Grand Bank 49. Indian Bay 50. St. John’s

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LOOKBACK: TOP 10 SNEAKERS Terry Fox ran in Adidas Orion sneakers that he bolstered by attaching glue to the soles of both feet. A lot’s changed with running shoes since the Marathon of Hope. For starters, the sneaker industry’s now worth an estimated US $11-billion. Throughout the '80s, the shoe designer's goal was to maximize cushioning and minimize pronation (the inward rolling of the foot upon striking the ground). We had “air technology,” KISS boots, and barefoot shoes and, today, running companies have advanced research labs that employ the world’s best biomechanics researchers that, oddly, don’t recommend doctoring your shoes with glue. Jeremy Cobb explores. 1 Brooks Vantage, 1980: The Birth of Motion Control

6 Saucony GRID, 1991: Launching ‘Stability’ as a Category

This shoe came before 1980, but you can’t talk about motion control without mentioning it. The first shoe to lend medial support; a revolutionary feature because most running shoes at the time were neutral. To control movement, this shoe incorporated a device called the ‘Varus Wedge,’ which stabilized the foot. Plus, it looks like a marshmallow spaceship.

The GRID is made up of woven Hytrel filaments that act like a tennis racquet to guide the foot’s initial contact with the ground. Hytrel’s chemical composition allows it to flex in different directions over and over and to last longer than rubber. Although it’s been updated, Saucony still uses a Grid-like cushioning system in the majority of its running shoes.

2 Nike Pegasus, 1983: The Most Famous Running Shoe of All Time

7 Asics Kayano, 1995: Starting to Gel

A novel approach to sneakers, it added a narrow heel to its wide toe box, which was designed to attract female buyers. “This was the beginning of the second ‘running boom,’ when female runners really got into the sport,” Bill Rodgers says. The shoe continues to be popular today, 30 years after its initial release.

Incorporated Asics ‘GEL’ technology, a completely new cushioning system that used gel instead of EVA rubber. “Asics Gel technology has stood the test of time, and it took them to market leadership,’” says Stanton. The GEL technology is still being used by Asics today, and is the foundation of Asic’s success.

3 Adidas Micropace, 1984: Computer Love

8 Mizuno Wave Rider, 1998: From KISS boots to Boom!

4 Nike Air Max, 1987: “Air” Technology Takes Flight

9 Vibram FiveFingers Classic, 2009: Selling a Barefoot Shoe

“The first piece of sporting electronics,” according to John Stanton, founder of the Running Room. It featured a computer on the tongue that measured mileage and average speed. Even though the computer was not much more than a pedometer, this shoe was the pre-cursor to all the running technology we take for granted today, from Nike+ to Fitbit to GPS watches.

That air bubbles in a running shoe should be a selling point highlights Nike’s clever marketing, which has only increased, not decreased, through the years. Featuring added cushioning—and a visible air bag—Nike extended the shoe’s width, and in so doing, elevated comfort to the running game.

5 New Balance M577, 1990: A Sneaker Geeks Swoon

The shoe incorporated New Balance's ‘ENCAP’ technology, which is made of EVA encapsulated within a shell of polyurethane. This design gives added stability and shock dispersion to the shoe. Since the get-go, New Balance has encouraged its running teams to provide feedback and criticism, while eschewing the celebrity sponsorship model other shoe companies use.

iRun to see how far I can go. — Kim Curtin, Ontario





Introduced at the 1997 New York Marathon, this neutral foundation of the Mizuno family is their most famous, and most successful, shoe. Balancing responsiveness with a thick outsole, Wave blended a molded, thermoplastic component layered between foam, and has endured for this classic Japanese sports’ brand. Fun fact: Internally, this shoe was originally referred to as the KISS boot.


Credit Born to Run, Chris McDougall’s 1999 book, with kicking off the Vibram craze. The original FiveFingers design features a thin stretch nylon fabric that fits low on the foot. With rubber soles, and plastic tips beneath each individually wrapped toe, the Vibram, favourited by celebrities like Woody Harrelson, upped the ante of the Nike Free, charting new territory in how low you can go.


10 Adidas Adios, 2013: The Fastest Marathon Shoe of All-Time

Worn by Dennis Kimetto when he broke the marathon record at the 2014 Berlin Marathon with a time of 2:02:56. The Boost material is made of tiny, super lightweight pellets that give unprecedented levels of energy return. Runner’s oxygen consumption rates (a measure of energy used) were compared between an Adidas Energy boost and a replica that did not contain the Boost midsole. When running in Boost, runners used 1% less oxygen—they used less energy to run.




Voices of Inspiration In 1980, when I was 13 years old, my family moved to Ottawa from Norway so that my father could work at the Norwegian Embassy. That was the year of the Marathon of Hope, and I remember hearing Terry Fox’s name in the news. But I don’t think I really appreciated the impact of what Fox had done until years later when I ran in a local Terry Fox 10K. That race was the first time where I ran with the lead pack and it was a big confidence boost for me. So, Terry Fox reminds me both of the huge role that running plays in our communities and of the impact that one person can make. It’s also a story of incredible physical and mental toughness that should inspire any athlete. — JOHN HALVORSEN, OTTAWA, ONTARIO

Terry’s Marathon of Hope and his amazing legacy live on in each of us. — TOM KEOGH, EDMONTON, ALBERTA I consider Terry Fox an inspiration of the spirit. I hope he is above looking down on the change he made for so many. In my humble opinion, he’s a Canadian hero above any other. — PATTY WINFIELD, BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA

I think as Canadians and as runners we have a responsibility to keep his spirit alive, as he did so much more than set out to run across our country to raise money for cancer research. A true inspiration. — CORY FREEDMAN, TORONTO, ONTARIO

I grew up in Thunder Bay, and was a child when his run ended in my hometown. I’ve visited the monument many times and when my son was about three, we took him there too. Each time I stand at the monument and look over the Bay I feel pride, yet sadness, because he never got to dip his toes into the Pacific. I think I’ve cried every time I’ve stood beside the statue, knowing he’s facing a direction that he never got to run. — CAROLYN PLEASANCE, HAMILTON, ONTARIO

I remember the coverage of Terry Fox that brought together my


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school, my family and the nation when I was nine years old. I cried when I heard the news of his passing. But his spirit lives on, and continued to be an inspiration, highlighted every year when I run and donate to his cause, along with my family, and fellow Canadians. — SOO SUTHERLAND, TORONTO, ONTARIO

Terry Fox is the reason I started running 34 years ago. We were roughly the same age and even now I cannot comprehend how he did what he did. I have run over 20 marathons and he did one every day. Thanks Terry, for giving so many people a chance. — EDWARD KOOISTRA, BELLEVILLE, ONTARIO

I participated in my first Terry Fox Run in the early 1980s in Stony Plain, Alberta. I was moved by Terry’s story, motivated by his commitment, and inspired by his courage in the face of adversity. It is a rallying-cry for us as runners to support those who are facing cancer and other life-threatening diseases. — CHARLENE

iRun because four years ago I could barely walk. — Lara Camille, Ontario


been blessed to have his legacy save so many lives. — MICHELLE CARDUNER, LANGLEY,

Terry Fox and I were born around the same time, but his life ended far too soon. He inspired me to learn how to run and he inspires me today to participate in fundraising for cancer research. The Terry Fox Foundation continues to do such amazing work. Canadians have


I still have the newspaper clipping with me running the inaugural Terry Fox Run when I was 12. Terry Fox taught me that there’s more than one way to accomplish a dream.

iRun because it makes me feel good. — Tammy Butler, Newfoundland

What really matters isn’t getting there, it's getting started. It doesn’t matter that Terry never made it all the way across Canada during his Marathon of Hope. His dream was accomplished by inspiring other caring individuals to take up his cause. — PENNY WALFORD, WATERLOO,

I was asked by our town to go meet the van and give them money. I ran about seven miles behind Terry as he ran with great purpose along Highway 7. I cried all the way home as I told my mom how hard Terry was working and suffering out there. I was humbled and I will never forget what I saw. — KRISTINE PLANT, PERTH,







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iRun because I love to move. — Markel Chernenkoff, Saskatchewan


unning is a team sport. From the family members who support us getting out the door on an early morning run to our trusty running group who help keep us going on that long, cold winter run. From the running coach who gives us that boost of confidence before a big workout to the volunteers, spectators and other runners who make race day a true community event.

We are Get inspired for the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend by following Team Awesome and joining the conversation. Visit to meet the team.

This year at the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, we are celebrating the teamwork of running with Team Awesome, a group of 22 runners who are sharing their journey to race day in May. Some members of Team Awesome are competitive runners who have run for decades, while others have yet to turn 10 years old. Some members have run Ottawa before, while others can’t wait to discover what Canada’s biggest running weekend is all about. This May, we invite you to join the members of Team Awesome at the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. Pick your race. Gather your team. And then celebrate the amazing community that is running on May 23 and 24th in Canada’s marathon capital.


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Sunday, April 19 Vancouver Sun Run Vancouver, British Columbia

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Saturday, June 20 Kananaskis 100 Mile Relay Longview, Alberta

Sunday, April 26 Limestone Race Weekend Kingston, Ontario

Sunday, June 21 Manitoba Marathon Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Sunday, May 31 Descente Royale Quebec City, Quebec

Sunday, May 10 Fredericton Marathon Fredericton, New Brunswick

Sunday, May 31 Marathon Baie-des-Chaleurs Carleton-sur-Mer, Quebec

Sunday, May 17 Scotiabank Blue Nose International Marathon Halifax, Nova Scotia

Saturday, June 6 Moon in June Road Race Burlington, Ontario Sunday, June 7 Bread & Honey Races Mississauga, Ontario Saturday, June 13 Tour du lac Brome Knowlton, Quebec Sunday, June 14 Waterloo Classic Waterloo, Ontario Sunday, June 14 Demi-Marathon de Sherbrooke Sherbrooke, Quebec

Saturday, May 23 Cabot Trail Relay Race Baddeck, Nova Scotia Saturday, June 20 Johnny Miles Marathon New Glasgow, Nova Scotia Sunday, June 21 Miramichi Rock ‘n’ Run Miramichi, New Brunswick Sunday, June 28 Bay of Fundy International Marathon Campobello Island, New Brunswick [ U.S.]

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Sunday, May 16 The Great Wall Marathon Beijing, China

Sunday, March 15 New York City Half Marathon New York, New York

Sunday, May 31 Edinburgh Marathon Edinburgh, Scotland

Sunday, March 15 Los Angeles Marathon Los Angeles, California

Sunday, May 31 Comrades Marathon Durban, South Africa

Sunday, April 19 Boston Marathon Boston, Massachussetts

Monday, June 1 Cork City Marathon Cork, Ireland

Saturday, April 25 15K de Grande-Digue Grande-Digue, New Brunswick

Sunday, May 17 Bay to Breakers San Francisco, California

Sunday, June 7 Panama Half Marathon Panama City, Panama

Sunday, April 26 Mundy Pond 5K St. John’s, Newfoundland

Monday, May 25 Bolder Boulder Boulder, Colorado

Sunday, June 20 The Big Five Marathon Johannesburg, South Africa

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n the summer of 1980, I scampered up and down my parents’ driveway, trying desperately to copy Terry’s irregular gait. The rhythm wasn’t easy, but it was familiar and appealing to me, having watched it so many times on the news. Stride, hop, shuffle. I practiced it over and over again. I didn’t want to run. I wanted to run like Terry. Like most Canadians, I had only a vague sense of the Marathon of Hope when it started. Maybe I saw something on the news when Terry dipped his foot in the Atlantic Ocean – the six o’clock news was a ritual in our household – or maybe I know that image from all the times it’s been replayed in the intervening decades. But once he crossed into Ontario, passing through my hometown of Ottawa, I started to pay much closer attention. I remember my sister talking about a runner with one leg and, if I recall correctly, there was a welcome banner hanging somewhere in the centre of the city. I never saw Terry run in person, but I eagerly watched the highlights of his visit to Parliament Hill and an Ottawa Rough Riders game. And I tracked him as he continued on to Toronto, where he received a hero’s welcome in Nathan Phillips Square. A few weeks later, with the momentum building, my family happened to catch up to the Marathon of Hope somewhere between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie, while we were on a family vacation. By then, I was reading about


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him in the newspaper every day. Our paths didn’t cross, but the anticipation in the communities we travelled through was evident. And then, shockingly, just a few weeks later, it was over. I saw the clip of Terry announcing that cancer had returned. I bought an extra copy of the newspaper that day, so I could have my own, separate from my dad’s.

I never imagined the story could have such a tragic ending. I kept thinking Terry would soon be running again. Looking back, I think the Marathon of Hope was the first and most powerful lesson of my life that it’s the journey that matters, not the destination. The fact that Terry never made it to the finish line doesn’t diminish his accomplishments; indeed, it’s what made other people so

determined to adopt his cause and make it their own, rather than simply keep watching him from the side of the road. Terry has been with me throughout my life since I hopped and shuffled down that driveway as an 11-yearold boy. The Marathon of Hope was a landmark event in my young life so it’s no surprise that it still resonates with me today. But one of the measures of how significant Terry Fox was is how he means just as much to people younger than 35 as he does to me. To all of us, Terry Fox is a hero, an icon, an idol. But we should also think of him as an ordinary man. Terry was extraordinary because of his choices and his actions, meaning the same potential exists in all of us. None of us can match Terry Fox (it still bugs me that he came only second in the Greatest Canadian poll a decade ago). But even if we don’t copy his gait, we can all run like him. We can test our limits. We can raise money and awareness. We can use running to prove a point, to show we’re prepared to do something hard—if in some way that can change the world. Mark Sutcliffe is the founder of iRun magazine and cochairman of the United Way Ottawa campaign. He hosts The Running Show on, a talk show on 580 CFRA and is the author of Why I Run: The Remarkable Journey of the Ordinary Runner.

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