Turbo charging the walker for Terry Fox
At 9:05 a.m. on September 20, Robert Hardy started a 10 km speed-walk with his walker. One hour, 11 minutes and 35 seconds later, he was done. “It wasn’t my best time.” Hardy quipped. “It was a good time. At 65, I’m still alive.”
“At the last minute, I decided to tune up the turbo charged walker, warm up my legs, change the wheels and race again for the Terry Fox Run.” Hardy did 50 laps, or ten kilometres, around the Dome in Alexandria.
Hardy has been a Terry Fox team member since 2001 when he was diagnosed with leukemia. “In 2001, I was racing bicycles and riding marathons at the time to get over the cancer,” Hardy explained. “In 2012, I lost my balance and, in 2013, I created the Wobbly Walker Walker-thon.”
At 1 p.m., Hardy was joined by the Wobbly Walker racing team. The Wobbly Walkers are a group of mature athletes who, for the most part, train with the Palace Racing Team. “We completed a distance of 2 km and there were no incidents,” said Hardy, “apart from one speeding ticket issued to a reckless individual, not to be named.”
Hardy is a leukemia and bone marrow transplant survivor finding solace in humour. Hardy founded a 120-km Terry Fox Bicycle Challenge in 2001 to help him get over his cancer and get on with his life. He created the walker-thon after a balance condition made it difficult for him to continue with marathon cycling.
Hardy represented Canada in the 2003 and 2005 World Transplant Games and has completed six 354-km Rideau Lakes Cycle Tours, and six 120-km Terry Fox Challenges.
Hardy received a hip replacement and was unable to compete in 2008 and 2009 as a result. When he returned, he created a new shorter 50-km Terry Fox Challenge. He has since had several surgeries and complications resulting in complete loss of balance. However, Hardy’s determination and humour keep him going. He continues to race with his walker. Robert Hardy, at the Lachine/Bonneville half marathon, August 23. On the 35th anniversary of the Terry Fox Run, Robert Hardy did his bit to support the cause.
Hardy puts his humour to work at Participation’s Music Hall Theatre Productions as a musician, playwright and actor. Hardy will be heading up the musical play Syllabification from a Sycophant at The Priest Mill, 8 Main Street South, 3rd Floor, in Alexandria on Friday, September 25, at 7 p.m. The play is part of a fundraiser for the Glengarry Memorial Hospital.
Participation’s Music Hall Theatre Productions will also be putting on A Down Town Abbey Christmas Special on November 26th at the NAV Centre in Cornwall.
Robert Hardy wants to walk with other walkers who need walkers. “Walk as far as you want. Just walk and enjoy. It’s a safe walk around the park on a safe surface.”
More information on the Wobbly Walkers and Syllabification from a Sycophant can be found through Robert Hardy at email@example.com or 613-525-9943.