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Canada at 150



The first race I ran in Japan was the 1997 Terry Fox charity run at the Imperial Palace a month after I moved to Tokyo. At that race I met people from the running club where seven years later I met my future wife and associate editor Mika Tokairin, who in 2007 suggested I start JRN.

My mother was the daughter of immigrants, the first one in her family who was genuinely a product of Canada. As I've lived most of my life, part of my childhood and my entire adult life, outside of the country the connection I feel to Canada is tenuous at best, but if there is one thing that makes me proud to still have Canadian citizenship it is Terry Fox. Three days past the 36th anniversary of his death at age 22, long may his legacy live, and congratulations to his country on the 150th anniversary of its confederation.

Comments

Patrick Voo said…
Once a Canuck, always a Canuck - happy Canada Day Brett!
sanrensho said…
Happy Canada Day (well, two days late)! Always enjoy the blog, keep up the great work.
Ian Eckersley said…
The Spirit of Terry Fox was carried through to Australia. As a young up-and-coming runner, I marvelled at his story and was moved and inspired by his extraordinary courage. I'm proud to say I won the first Terry Fox Fun Run in Brisbane Australia, run during World Expo 88 in Brisbane.

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