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Hinge of Canada: Cross Country Marathons


Thunder Bay’s location in the center of Canada has always played a role in east-west transportation and as essential stop for those trekking across the country. No one made this more famous than Terry Fox, a Canadian athlete who in 1980, with having one leg amputated, embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Terry was forced to stop his run just outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario because the cancer had spread to his lungs. Although his passing brought great sadness his legacy had just begun. He has since inspired many to run, walk, or cycle across Canada to raise awareness and funds for causes close to their own hearts. Almost all of these people stop to pay tribute to this Canadian hero at the Terry Fox Monument, overlooking the shores of Lake Superior.  

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If you are crossing Canada in memory of Terry Fox, with proceeds going towards a reputable charity, please contact Tourism Thunder Bay. We'd love to hear all about it!