The Fox Legacy Runs On

February 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Posted in itchy backside | Leave a comment
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Last month, Itchyfingers ran my first 10km of the year. It was also my first in nearly three months after the Great Eastern Women 10k Run in late October last year. Since then, had been climbing stairs and running shorter distances before falling sick for the whole of December…In fact, I only registered about three weeks before the run! So I wasn’t expecting to run particularly fast this time since I was kinda ill-prepared. But I wanna be part of the run because it is a run to commemorate the 30th year of the Terry Fox Run.

I remembered the Terry Fox Run used to be a regular yearly event, but it stopped for some years for some reasons. This year, the Canadian Association finally brought it back. And I wouldn’t want to miss it.

For those who are wondering, Terrance Stanley “Terry” Fox (1958- 1981) was a Canadian athelete who lost his right leg in 1977 due to Osteosarcoma, a cancer in the bone that usually develops during the period of rapid growth that occurs in adolescence, as a teenager matures into an adult. In 1980, Terry began the Marathon of Hope to embark on a cross-Canada run with his prosthetic leg to raise money and awareness for cancer research. He had hoped to raise one dollar for each of Canada’s 24 million people. Terry ran for 143 days and 5,373 kilometres before the spread of his cancer forced him to end his quest and ultimately cost him his life. But he helped raised millions of dollars, and his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy. The annual Terry Fox Run started in 1981, and has grown to involve millions of participants in different countries, raising millions for cancer research in his name.

The mood on the day was relaxed since it was a non-competitive run with
no running bib or time chip. There was no registration fee – funds were
raised from sales of tee-shirts and through donation

Saw this participant, who like Terry Fox, has his right leg amputated…
our Singapore Terry Fox…

Have no idea where would we be running since the route was not mapped
out during registration. This was only a rough guide…but only one water

There was no official starting point or time. But the serious 10km runners
were flagged off first at 8am…Itchyfingers being not so serious runner,
decided to wait..hahah…

The mood was so relaxed that when the High Commissioner of Canada
announced the start of the run, no one ran! Probably cos the stage area
was a distance from this starting point…

…so it was funny to see a delayed action from the runners after about two
seconds later…haha…

Apparently there was another event going on…

Then the rest of the 10km runners were asked to start any time we wished…haha…si bay relaxed! 😀

It was already getting a bit warm…Tisu Girl starting her run while some
people were still taking their own sweet time gathering…Tisu Boy didn’t
join in as he had a flu

Decided to bring along the camera to shoot since I was not ‘rushing’ for

There were few groups of mainly senior citizens doing their morning exercise

At 3km..I was about a minute slower than my usual timing…it was getting
hot…was expecting to see some water point somewhere here though the
rough map didn’t show…

Luckily I am not a fast runner, so there were always some people ahead of me to follow…but I kept wondering where would be the halfway point…

Ran past the rows of seafood restaurants and saw these guys pulling cartons
of bottled water. For a moment I thought these were for us, only to be
disappointed as I ran closer and realised that they were volunteers for the
other event…Feel like asking them for one bottle…hahah…so thirsty…

Then we ran past the hawker centre. There were a couple who just came out from there, each with a ice-cold canned drink in their hands, happily sipping away while continuing their run. Damn…really regretted not bringing money along…Got to quickly run past them in case I rob them of their drinks…haha…

Finally ran to this stretch near the bicycle rental booth…gotta pass through
this starting point for the Singapore Duathlon…felt so strange…haha…this
was the same place where I did my first run, the Passion Run last year

By now there was still no sign of any water point…I was so thirsty…really should have brought my bottle…finally we made a u-turn back and passed through the finishing point for the duathlon….still no water! At 6km, I asked the volunteer about the water point and they only said, “There should be one in front.” Water…I need water…where is the water?? 😦

Passed by this water point but again it was not meant for us! I could only
stare at the cups of 100plus while running past…

In the end, the much appreciated water point only appeared at around 7km (?) Lost count…but we were given water in bottles…gotta stop and walk while drinking but couldn’t finish up all at one go so have to run with it…

Finally one last kilometre to go! See how hot it was?

Finally made it!! But my time sucks…hahah…1hr 18min…hahah….around
the same time as the Shape Run…hahaha…

We were rewarded with snacks like bananas, apples and more water…

The best of which were these cookies! Very yummy and healthy! Very nice of
the organiser and sponsor!

While waiting so long for me, Tisu Boy kept himself busy shooting photos of other runners…

You are welcome to run, walk, wheel or ride for the Terry Fox Run…certainly
a very pro-family activity

A good excuse for a stroll in the park!

Kids also joined in the fun!

Cheeks turned red running the 5km fun run..Cute…

Er, look where you are walking… hahah

Er…the ground got gold must keep looking down? Hahah…Actually it is
recommended that you lean your body slightly forward with eyes looking
ahead while running

Tisu Boy captured two ladies with very interesting tee-shirts…

Wow! Where to buy this Adidas t-shirt? Is it still available in store? Hahaha…..

Well said! Adidas tee again…? It’s a blessing to be able to run…

Just look at this happy face!

Smiling all the way…

Another happy runner…

Great to run!

Cheese….she looks familiar…

Wise of these folks to bring their own water…

This (1 litre?) bottle looked a bit too heavy…but he has already finished
three quarters of it! So hot!

So hot you need two towels…

Good way to keep cool…

So hot that you gotta take off the shirt… :p

Another one!

Or roll up your tee…Hahah…

Among the abled-bodies, we also have the less fortunate ones, nonetheless displaying the same running spirit..

This lady chose to walk with crutches instead of her wheelchair…

Thumbs up!

Among the runners was Singapore Blade Runner, a long distance athelete.
Wow missed seeing him in action! I dun think I can ever catch up with him!

The gentleman we saw earlier doing his run…I think he did the 5km run…

Amazing feat!

About 1,200 people participated in the Terry Fox Run, raising S$40,000 for the Cancer Society of Singapore. Not too bad since it was not a very well publicised event. I guess maybe cos the organisers were not professional sports event organising company. But the effort was well-worth, cos with a relatively small number of people, we did our little part in helping to raise some fund for cancer research. The Terry Fox legacy will continue, as long as we have like-minded people getting together….

“Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue. It’s got to keep going.”
Terry Fox, 10 July 1980

Also see related posts:
> First Marathon
Scaling New Height
Taking Baby Steps
Life is Great – Great Eastern Women 10K Run
The Ultimate X-Terrain Challenge – New Balance Real Run 2010
Ten Ten Ten Ten – The Prelude
An Uphill Task
Getting into Shape
Stepping Up @ NLB
Tortoise and Hare


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