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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Thursday Brain Teaser

"He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. After losing his leg at age 18 to osteogenic sarcoma, the young athlete decided to run from coast to coast in order to raise money for cancer research. Beginning by dipping his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean at St. John's, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980, he aimed to dip it again in the Pacific Ocean at Vancouver, British Columbia. His pace was daunting, running an average of 42 km a day — the distance of a typical marathon. Celebrating this amazing humanitarian, there is a cancer-awareness marathon every September around the world."

You know what to do...HINT at this week's guest in the comment section. And if you have an extra minute, come over to the SNARK, where we poke fun at eccentricity.


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At 13:46, Blogger Doug said...

Sure am looking forward to hints.

At 14:17, Blogger jenn said...

I did this run in school every year and I don't run and I consider him one of Canada's finest heroes.

At 17:19, Blogger I Dive At Night said...

I remember when he ran through my home town! Great pick Minka. But I'm not 'clever' enough to come up with a hint.

At 17:20, Blogger I Dive At Night said...

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At 17:45, Blogger tsduff said...

He has a very cool name - unisex I might add... My parents thought it was a cool name too.

At 18:48, Blogger Minka said...

Doug, patience huh?

Jenn, I absolutely agree. We were discussing osteogenic sarcoma at university two days ago and someone mentioned him. So I checked up on him and full- heartedly agree: one of Canada's finest!

Morgan, this might not help any of the other bloggers, but i am glad you put it up twice.

terry, well done! :)

At 19:00, Blogger Nessa said...

I have no idea who he is but he's amazing.

At 21:00, Blogger Doug said...

Actually, TS that was a great hint. I'm halfway there.

At 22:01, Blogger jenn said...

I voted for him in the Greatest Canadian thingy. I'm a tad peeved he didn't win. Morgan did you get to see him with his unique hop-run? Sadly he never made it this far...physically but his Marathon of Hope lives on.

At 01:40, Blogger J. D. said...

Minka, dear....That is very foxy of you to pick this outstanding hero, who passed away so very young..... Judy

At 04:27, Blogger Kyahgirl said...

Hi Monika :-)

like jenn, I think this man was a great hero at the time of his cross country runs and we still actively honour him here. all the kids in school go in the TF run every fall to raise money for cancer research.

At 12:55, Blogger Minka said...

nessa, I guess part of this weekly guessing is introducing us to people we might not necessarily know about. This one was a surprise to me to!

Doug, half way there...you'll get there. Both parts of the name can be found in this comment section.

Jenn, Marathon of Hope...even without finishing hope remains, pretty great accomplishment, I think.

J:D....I am a foxy, foxy lady :)

kyahgirl, there is always a marathon in September here as well and I am trying to figure out if it is anythignt o do with him!

At 17:11, Blogger Minka said...

TERRY FOX is the answer!

At 23:50, Anonymous neva said...

i fear i had to Google this guy -- i can't believe i didn't know the answer. that said, what an amazing and inspiring individual he was! such a beautiful brain teaser, lovely Penguin -- thanks for introducing me to someone who truly deserves to be remembered as a "Hero"! : ) xox

At 01:33, Blogger Minka said...

neva, this might be one of the very few times, when you have been stumped. I am glad you checked up on him though :)


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