Terry Fox is one of the greatest hero’s the world has ever seen. Its been 35 years since the Marathon of Hope. Terry Fox’s brother Darrell wanted to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope by riding 350 km from Kamloops to the base of Mt. Terry Fox in Valemount. The ride would be 350 km long with stops every 35 km to honor Terry’s legacy with a quote from Terry. It was one of the coolest experiences I have ever had on a bike and was so happy to be part of it.
I got the invite Thursday morning for the Friday ride. A bunch of the Cahilty Racing team members joined up in the Fraser Valley to carpool out to Kamloops for the start of the ride. It wasn’t until Thursday morning I knew I was doing this ride, talk about great prep and time to think about it. It’s maybe a good thing I didn’t have time to think about it, cause 350km is a long ride.
Since meeting Darrell Fox earlier this year I personally have taken a greater interest in the legacy of Terry Fox. You would be very hard pressed to find a greater Canadian then Terry and he still is to this day such an inspiration to so many people. Every 35km we stopped and held a sign with a quote from Terry, some of the quotes would almost bring me to tears knowing what this guy has done. He is a true hero and someone I cant wait to tell my kids about.
I’ve never done more then 200km on the bike before and that was close to 10 years ago. Once we hit 210 km it was more road mileage then I’ve done all year, and 350 km is more mileage then I’ve done in the past 5 years. I honestly didn’t think I was going to make it after the first 100 km. But we just kept at it and broke it down to ten 35km rides and before I knew it we almost had it done. Such a great ride and experience.