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Reliving Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope: Day 2

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.

After yesterday's brief flurry of media coverage in St. John's, the next few weeks of Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope go mostly unreported. Terry is not yet a national icon, just a young man with an outlandish idea. But CBC Radio's Sound of Sports senses a much greater story in the making. Today's broadcast, a report of Terry's first steps, is the first of many regular Terry Fox updates over the coming months.
• Throughout the journey, Terry Fox was accompanied by childhood friend Doug Alward, who drove along with him in a Ford van full of supplies.
• Aside from some buzz at the start of Terry's run, there was little media coverage until he reached Ontario after ten weeks of pounding the pavement. Much of the reporting was by local media in small towns, where Terry and Doug would call newspapers and radio stations from payphones, trying to arrange interviews and evening rallies.

• Terry Fox ran 18 kilometres on his first day. For the 143 days of his Marathon of Hope run, he averaged nearly 42 kilometres (26 miles); the distance of a marathon.
• In the evenings Terry and Doug either stayed in motels (sometimes for free) or camped in their van in church parking lots or out in the country. During downtime -- which was more frequent in the early weeks of the run -- Terry kept a diary and wrote postcards and letters.
Medium: Radio
Program: Sound of Sports
Broadcast Date: April 13, 1980
Guest(s): Terry Fox
Host: John Badham
Reporter: Dale D’Menue, Ted Withers
Duration: 3:39

Last updated: April 2, 2012

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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