Volume 95, Issue 11

Wednesday, September 19, 2001
 
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SPORTS

Ruggers give boot to U of T

Mustang uniforms add stripes

Terry Fox's hope lives on

They're runnin' down a dream

Field hockey team blaze to win

Terry Fox's hope lives on

Marty's Mantra
Dave Martin
Sports Editor


I have never experienced as painful a flight of stairs as walking down to breakfast Monday morning.

Every muscle was loudly complaining – blistered feet, shin splints, quads, hams – making me look and feel like a 90-year-old man.

The day before I participated in the annual Terry Fox Run – and boy, was I feeling the effects.

Over my bowl of cereal, it hit me – how physically remarkable Terry Fox's acheivement actually was and what little justification I had in complaining about anything.

I ran for under an hour, covering a measly 10 kilometres, whereas 21 years ago, Terry Fox ran for hours and hours day-in, day-out, covering over 40 kilometres a day. He'd get up at 4 a.m. each morning and start the process all over again.

I had the opportunity to see Fox's brother, Darrel, speak two weeks ago during Orientation soph training. Hearing a personal account of the Marathon of Hope very much hit home.

Darrel recounted that even after eight or more hours of running a day, Terry would hop in a van and drive sometimes over an hour to a town or community centre to spread his hope amongst as many people as possible. With the amount of energy I had Sunday night (none) and the extreme discomfort of even walking on Monday, this story amazes me even more.

Darrel stressed Terry was the definition of a normal guy – with the exception of his steadfast determination – he wouldn't take no for an answer, from doctors or friends, as they tried to stop him from running his first marathon.

After bearing the pain to accomplish that acheivement, no one stepped in his way when he announced he was running across Canada. From that 1980 journey that captured the hearts of an entire nation, to presently having an event in his name operating in 55 countries around the globe, the Terry Fox Foundation has become the biggest charity fundraiser in the world.

Western helped out the cause in a great way over the last two weeks with many charity events organized by our Terry Fox soph team. One included three spirited sophs shaving their chests to spell F-O-X – for me, a definite highlight of O-week.

Concrete beach was swarmed Sunday morning with students ready to bike, blade, jog or walk in their quest to help. With the Terry Fox Run having become such a large-scale international event, I have rarely felt prouder singing our country's national anthem than last weekend, standing with my fellow participants.

Millions have bore the title of being "Canadian," few have done it as well as Terry Fox.


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