Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Greater Sudbury- The Big Nickel!!....

Home of the Sudbury Wolves, Joe Bowen, Alex Trebek and Todd Bertuzzi.  Although I've lived in Ontario all my life, I had never been to Sudbury.  There is a lot of history in this town which started with the Canadian Pacific Railway developing a transportation route through the area, making it more feasible to extract the large nickel and ore deposits. A little known fact I learned is that, in 1939, Sudbury was first city in Canada to install parking metres. 
The Days Inn has been generous enough to accommodate the Run The Dream crew for three nights here in Sudbury as part of our Greater Sudbury Autism Awareness Campaign.  Big special thank you goes to Trish Kitching for co-ordinating the full day of events!

It kicked off yesterday morning with a run into the city towards Tom Davies Square (outside City Hall).  Terry and I had a large escort of runners from the Sudbury Rocks Running Club and many other keen participant.  Thirty runners for the 10 kms was our biggest runner turnout to date and was well appreciated!

Upon arrival to the festivities, at noon, Terry and I were greeted by France Gelinas, MPP Nickel Belt; Deputy Mayor Ron Dupuis and fellow City Councillors; Maxine King, Chair of Child Care Resources; and Minna Mettinen (thank you for the special framed gift).
As I opened the Sudbury Star this morning, Page A3, featured Greater Sudbury's local celebrity, 10-year old Matteo Raso who spoke at the noon hour event and told the large crowd, although he is autistic, he aspires to be the next Albert Einstein.  Who knows- maybe Matteo will discover a cheaper and cleaner source of energy someday!
I'd also like to thank some local service providers in Greater Sudbury for a Run The Dream 3,900 km tune up- Celeste Hutchings, at Allied Physio, and Nancy Pitre, at Helping Hands Message, for working out the kinks in my muscles and Norma for giving me my first haircut since St. John's, NL.

The Dream Continues...And Rolls On...West Again! 

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