Day 28: 5 km in honour of Terry Fox & others affected by cancer.

What a beautiful day! There was a superb turn-out to support the Terry Fox Run “Marathon of Hope” – 32 years strong. It was great to run 5 km with one of my good friends (who, by the way, had been at a wedding the night before and STILL showed up this morning!)

It was hard not to be moved by everything that was going on – there was no doubt that each person who attended had in some way been affected by cancer. The energy outside from the Calgary Stampede stage to registration at Eau Claire market was amazing; there were teams of runners dressed in costumes, others wearing t-shirts with photos of loved ones and lots of us with bibs in honour of friends and family.There was a special memory board in which you could write a little note to those who have passed. To say I made it through the run with dry eyes would be a lie. It really puts life into perspective: the first wealth is health. Hearing of babies as young as six weeks that are going through cancer treatment is heartbreaking. But knowing that so far we’ve raised over $600 million to find a cure brings true hope. I saw a little girl with the words “faith, hope and courage” painted on her face; I thought that was pretty profound for a child who was probably not older than ten. Another boy who was running for his brother and some young kids running for their dad. Boy, it makes me teary eyed just remembering it all!

And the run itself was lovely. We ran through part of the city and then back through Prince’s Island Park. The temperature was just perfect and I felt really strong in my pace. I finally got to run across the Veterans Bridge – it was super cool! I don’t think I have ever run anything as neat. I can see now why people fought so hard to add it to the downtown landscape. About half way through I realized that the chafing from yesterdays run wasn’t going to be outdone by vaseline. It was painful! However, I reminded myself that Terry ran a marathon a day; through the shittiest of weather and battled conditions much worse than that. So I sucked it up and kept going; I would take a picture to show how crappy the chafing was, but I have concerns of posting that picture online – hah! I wore a special shirt today as well – I put some quotes from Terry on it. It was inspired by a shirt I saw someone wearing on the trail yesterday. Of course, the one I saw said, “How do I look from back there” (I was obviously following) so I figured that if I was moving quick enough and possibly had other runners behind me, wouldn’t it be cool for them to read something a little more inspiring? I had a few comments like “cool shirt!” – so I thought it was a success. Oh and *200 is the average number of Canadians who pass each day from cancer; *500 is the average number of Canadians who are diagnosed daily with cancer. Pretty startling…

“A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.” – A.A. Milne

I snapped a lot more pictures today than I normally do for a run. Hope you enjoy them! The last picture is of me and Sue at the end of the race. We both had personal bests! And Kudos to Susan who raised over $650 for the foundation. Awesome job, wedgie! And THANK YOU to the foundation and the countless volunteers who continue to put this event on year -after-year. It always amazes me how much can be accomplished when we work together.

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.” – Winnie the Pooh

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