This weekend has been such a busy one. It started off with a Terry Fox Run at my daughters school, traveling to the city for Maritime Race Weekend and running two races (recaps to come). After we ran the Terry Fox run this morning and went apple picking. Phew!
I received a message Friday evening from a friend of mine … “Terry Fox Run Sunday 10am, are you guys going?” I knew the event was happening but didn’t think about since we were at Maritime Race Weekend but replied with yes, will do it. You don’t pass up an opportunity to go somewhere with friends. So, Sunday morning after sleeping for 10-11 hours (no joke, we went to bed at 7:30 last night), I got the girls ready to run 2k as my husband was working.
If you don’t know who Terry Fox was… well… he was a true Canadian hero and icon. He was diagnosed with cancer and had to have one leg amputated. He decided to run across Canada with his prosthetic leg to raise $1 per Canadian in 1980. Unfortunately, his cancer spread and he passed away but his legacy has carried on. We gave our donation today as well as during Lilly’s school run on Friday to help raise money.
It was a warm morning with the sun peaking in and out behind the clouds, there were young and old people, runners, walkers and strollers. The route was hilly at first but fun. We mainly kept to the sidewalks, crossed a few crosswalks and we were back quickly to enjoy some banana’s and local apples. I loved running with my girls and friends and wish there were more parent/kid events like that. The 2k distance was just enough for them.
As we returned back, one of my girls asked if we get to meet Terry Fox? I’ve explained to our oldest but she forgot so I talked about who he was and what he did. Death is a little hard for them to comprehend and they’ve only experienced our dog passing away this past June. It’s a hard concept to explain to a 3.5 and 6 year old but they understand the basics. I love that we can be involved in a great event as a family and hope that this local event will continue to grow in numbers but also in fundraising for the Terry Fox Foundation.
This was our original plan for Sunday. We ended up going right after the run to a local farm called Gates Farm. We picked Macintosh and Cortland apples and some pears too. I’m pretty sure the girls ate at least three apples each and 1-2 pears! You can’t go apple picking without tasting the apples you are picking?
I’m slowly getting to writing my race recaps for Maritime Races but both my husband and I had really awesome runs and are very happy runners waiting for our next event 😉
How was your weekend?
Did you participate in a Terry Fox Run? Ever hear of him before?
Have you gone apple, pear or pumpkin picking yet?