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August 4 - Tired…but still running.

4 August 2009 One Comment

img_0851.jpg August 4, 2009
Stage 35
English River, ON to Dinorwic, ON.

The thirty-fifth day of the run began earlier than usual as the team had to drive back more than an hour towards English River which provided ample time for the runners to catch up on some sleep. Upon completion of the Ardas, they started to run through the cool breeze which eventually turned into stronger winds that the runners had to cut through as they made their way westward to Dryden on the never-ending Highway 17. It was also cold in the morning and you could not believe it was summer. This meant runners had to wear jackets and wind breakers. In the morning there were some donations from locals seeing the kids and one passer by in a card dropped of $20 with the runner. We also found out the local paper “The Chronicle Journal” had an article about the runners when they ran up to the Terry Fox memorial last weekend and so people were talking about us in the local Tim Horton store.

At times it seemed as if the bus was a mobile motel as runners would return from their morning workout and would come aboard to collapse on the seats and return to hibernation, some of them for extended periods of time. This is the third week and the practice training done prior to the event was paying off for those who had trained. The early team was relieved by the slightly better rested second team which allowed them some time to return to their motel and more sleep. The second team continued with a bit of drizzle at times and brought the run to Dryden. Lunch, some pasta from the night before, was much enjoyed by all in our wonderful motel, the Holiday Inn.

Both teams continued on a few dozen kilometers past Dryden. Along the way, the team saw an Aboriginal woman who was walking in the opposite direction and read some signs about a walk to Ottawa. As the team returned to Dryden at the end of the day, they pulled over to meet her as well as two other women who were with her in a minivan. Tamara Malcolm, the woman walking, started out in Winnipeg, Manitoba on August 1st and is headed for Parliament Hill in Ottawa on the “Walk for the Past, Present and Future Generations of Aboriginal Children in Care”. The walk is to raise awareness about the negative effects of the child welfare system on Aboriginal families. The team talked to her for a few minutes on the roadside and the two groups wished each other well.

Upon early return to the motel, the team enjoyed some Indian food and used the extra time for some well needed rest and laundry. Tomorrow the runners will continue towards the Manitoba border.

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One Comment »

  • Gursharn said:

    Its amazing the different people the teams are crossing paths with. Definitely and eye-opener. Keep up the good work guys, almost 2/3rds of the way there!

    And keep eating, lots! :D

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