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August 1 - Half Way!

2 August 2009 No Comment

img_0762.jpg August 1, 2009
Stage 32
Selim, ON to Bowker, ON.

The day started off raining cats & dogs but this did not deter the runners as they set of for Thunder Bay along Highway 17. Passing through Nippigon the runners ran along Highway 11 & 17 which is also know as the Terry Fox Courage Highway. Along this section, for most of the day, it was dry but very windy with occasional bursts of rain. Also, along this section the runners saw their first black bear, something all the runners had been keeping a lookout for in the last few days. There were talks of sightings but this time there was proof of a picture. One of the most memorable parts of the day was running into Thunder Bay and then into the park where the memorial to Terry Fox is; looking over Lake Superior and the town of Thunder Bay below. It was humbling for the runners to see this icon of a hero all Canadian associate with and who brings out the pride of being Canadian. He was an inspiration to so many of us and others we met along the way. He inspired this journey of ours and similar journeys for so many others. Earlier in the day, we had met some bicyclist who were cycling across Canada and also two who were skating boarding across Canada. It was also humbling to know that while the runners are completing this as a relay team, Terry Fox under took the journey all by himself. At the memorial we met others who had come to see and appreciate this great man and the runners shared stories with these people. Some learning what we were doing also donated money to our cause. The Thunder Bay Lion’s Club representative came out and presented the runners with pins and wall hanging flags.

On such a memorable day, where we passed our half way mark for the Children’s Run Across Canada. The evening could not have been complete without the group coming across one Gursikh who was full of passion and very high spirit so much so “gian” (spiritual knowledge) flowed out of him like water out of a glass. His name is Dr. Tarlok Singh Sahota who opened up his heart to the runners. Earlier in the day, he attended to the needs of three runners who had a cold and then invited the whole group over to his house for dinner. We recited Rerhas prayers before sitting down to a wonderful meal prepared by all his family. He also had collected donations from local people and presented this to the GGSCF. Listening to him made me think of the days of old when one Sikh stood out from thousands as he was a Gursikh. Since the start of the run, while we had a lot of support, we were lacking some spirit and this Gursikh provided this by touching our souls and identifying the purpose of life according to Guruji’s teachings. We are truly fortunate to be able to meet such people along our journey.

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