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Reliving Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope: Day 115

This is how it all began. On April 12, 1980, Terry Fox began an epic cross-country journey to raise money for cancer research. CBC Radio and Television followed Terry's Marathon of Hope from the beginning. To celebrate this historic event, we present these reports as they were first aired.

It's a big milestone for Terry Fox: he's half way across Canada. As he approaches Sudbury, Ont. well-wishers cheer on the amputee runner on even the most remote stretches of highway. In tiny Pointe au Baril, there is nothing but praise and optimism that Terry will complete his run. "He's got all the guts in the world," says one man. As we see in this clip, the fundraising is going so well that Terry's target is raised from $1 million to $10 million.
• On the day this clip aired — Aug. 4, 1980 — Terry learned of a problem with the van's odometer. The instrument was under-recording his distance by four per cent, or 105 kilometres so far. This meant that Terry had actually already passed the halfway point a day earlier. Though he was that much closer to finishing his run, Terry was angry that the big moment passed unnoticed. Reaching the halfway point had long been one of Terry's major goals, and a psychological motivator. He felt it had been snatched away.

• Though Sudbury marked the halfway point of Terry's route, people would be congratulating him on the accomplishment for the next 600 kilometres. He saw signs marking the feat in Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, Wawa, Marathon and Nipigon, and it wore on his nerves. "The halfway point really bothered me," he said. "I figured it's all downhill, mileage-wise….Then I see this huge sign: COME ON TERRY, YOU'RE HALFWAY." Terry would actually stop running to correct people on their mistake.
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Aug. 4, 1980
Guest(s): Terry Fox
Host: George McLean
Reporter: Sheldon Turcott
Duration: 2:28

Last updated: April 2, 2012

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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