Ul­tra-marathon run­ner rais­ing aware­ness

Cross-coun­try run will have a stop in Port aux Basques

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - News - BY CHANTELLE MACISAAC chantelle.macisaac@gulfnews.ca

In­creas­ing sup­port for the is­sue of the miss­ing and mur­dered in­dige­nous women, end­ing vi­o­lent mea­sures and re­ac­tions and pro­mot­ing health in body, mind and spirit are his goals.

Brad Firth, a. k. a Cari­bou Legs, is on a cross- coun­try jour­ney spread­ing aware­ness. On Nov. 5 he will be stop­ping in Port aux Basques for a com­mu­nity break­fast at the Bruce Arena be­fore con­tin­u­ing his run.

Eric Leuk­ert had been fol­low­ing Firth for some time, hav­ing heard of pre­vi­ous runs through news out­lets.

“Firth had been draw­ing dif­fer­ent re­ac­tions from po­lice forces across the coun­try with his run, some that would run with him and some that checked in on him from calls re­gard­ing what res­i­dents thought was a man with a men­tal ill­ness run­ning on the high­way,” he said.

When Leuk­ert learned Firth was in New Brunswick and would be head­ing to St. John’s, he started to won­der if any­thing was set up for a stop in Port aux Basques.

At that time, there wasn’t – but Leuk­ert went through town and af­ter part­ner­ing with the Gate­way Women’s Cen­tre, was able to se­cure a lo­ca­tion and an event for the run­ner.

Leuk­ert’s in­ter­est

The tim­ing is right, given the gov­ern­ment of Canada launched an in­de­pen­dent na­tional in­quiry into miss­ing and mur­dered in­dige­nous women and girls in Au­gust.

But it isn’t just the tim­ing that drew Leuk­ert’s at­ten­tion and his want to spread aware­ness – not just on the miss­ing and mur­dered in­dige­nous women, but also on spread­ing aware­ness for vi­o­lence against women and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

“I was a vic­tim of ex­treme do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and it spoke to me,” he said.

Leuk­ert also be­lieves in the six de­grees of sep­a­ra­tion and con­sid­ers these is­sues to be ones that af­fect ev­ery­one at some point in their lives.

Firth also lost his sis­ter to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Break­fast

On Nov. 5, both Leuk­ert and Tanya Hawco, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Gate­way Women’s Cen­tre, in­vite res­i­dents to come meet Firth, hear his story, and wish him well on the rest of his jour­ney through a com­mu­nity break­fast.

The break­fast will take place at the Bruce II Sports Cen­tre and re­quires reg­is­tra­tion through con­tact with the women’s cen­tre.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Brad Firth, a.k.a Cari­bou Legs, will be in Port aux Basques on Nov. 5 for a com­mu­nity break­fast be­fore con­tin­u­ing his run to St. John’s.

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