Ultra-marathon runner raising awareness
Cross-country run will have a stop in Port aux Basques
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.
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.
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.
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.