Terry Fox inspired this Quebecer to run 10 marathons in 10 days
Why would anyone want to run 10 marathons, in 10 days, in 10 provinces?
Trois-Rivieres native Patrick Charlebois just completed that stretch in Vancouver's Stanley Park on Monday, accompanied for his last 10 kilometres by 55-year-old Darrell Fox — the brother of the late Terry Fox, whose Marathon of Hope in the early 1980s raised millions for cancer research, and whose story continues to inspire Canadian athletes like Charlebois.
"I owe a lot to Terry Fox," Charlebois told CJAD 800's Natasha Hall. "First of all, the passion for running. Running is a real passion for me, and the passion, also, to make a difference in other people's lives. I think everybody learned a lot about that from Terry Fox, so in my humble way, I tried to make a tribute to Terry Fox, a national hero."
The 48-year-old Charlebois began what he called the Canadian Marathon Challenge on May 19 in St. John's, N.L., and over the next week and a half, ran two of his 10 marathons in under three hours. He says his average time for the entire tour was three hours, nine minutes.
Charlebois' runs have been raising money for the Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research. He hasn't come up with a final total just yet of how much money was raised.
Terry Fox, a multi-sport athlete as a child, was diagnosed with cancer in his late teens and had his right leg amputated, though he continued running on an artificial leg.
His Marathon of Hope began in St. John's on April 12, 1980, and while the idea was to run across the country, he was forced to abandon it in Thunder Bay, Ont. on Sept. 1 after finding out the cancer had spread to his lungs.
He died less than a year later on June 28, 1981, at the age of 22. His original run raised $1.7 million dollars by the time he abandoned his run, and hundreds of millions more have been raised in his name for cancer research since.
Charlebois, meanwhile, has done multi-day marathon stretches before — in 2017 he completed the World Marathon Challenge: seven marathons in seven days, on seven continents — including Antarctica.