The Terry Fox run starts off with a bang on Aug. 31. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

Annual 2 CMBG Terry Fox Run and Sports Day

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017

An incredible $5,166.80 was raised for cancer research during the 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) Terry Fox Run and Sports Day.

Members of the brigade gathered on Aug. 31 to take part in this annual tradition, starting the day off with an 11.2 km run followed by a day of sports competitions.

The event was capped off with a cheque presentation to the Terry Fox Foundation, made, in part, on behalf of Corporal Josh Austin and Master Corporal Bradley Sainsbury, whose lives have been affected by the disease.

The duo made a very powerful statement by standing before their peers, said 2 CMBG Commander Colonel Michael Wright, who was very impressed by the event as a whole. “It was incredible to see not only the level of competition but the level of dedication among all the athletes,” said Col Wright.

The annual day has several goals, the first being an opportunity for personnel to give their time and effort to support a worthy cause. “Whether you run, whether you walk, whether you jog, we are all going out there and do 10 km in memory of Terry Fox,” said Col Wright. It also allows the troops to honour those whose lives have been touched by cancer, as well as raise funds to help fight the disease. The Terry Fox Foundation was established in honour of its namesake, drawing from the Canadian hero’s values and keeping his memory alive while raising money for life-saving cancer research. In 2015/16 alone, the organization directed $26.6 million to cancer research programs.

Though the foundation was definitely a winner at the event, top teams and individuals were also honoured before all of 2 CMBG.

The Terry Fox team for 2017 was 3rd Battalion, the Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR), with 2 Combat Engineer Regiment (2 CER) as the runner up. The top runner was Captain Salsbury at 0:41:42 followed by Master Corporal Shears with 0:43:27, and in third, Private Henry with 0:43:52.

For the sports day, the Slo-Pitch champions were 3 RCR with 2nd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (2 RCHA) in second place. 2 CER won first place for Beach Volleyball with 2 Field Ambulance (2 Fd Amb) in second place.

2 CER dominated in Ultimate Frisbee with 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (1 RCR) as runner up. 3 RCR won Flag Football and 2 CER took second place. The Royal Canadian Dragoons (RCD) won the Tug-of-War with 2 RCHA in second place. 2 CER was the Military Fitness Challenge winner and 2 RCHA was the second place winner.

This year’s Chain of Command Race winner was 2 CER with 00:03:02 followed by 2 Service Battalion (2 Sv Bn) with 00:03:10.

Master Corporal Michelle Steeves won the Bench Press competition in the open women’s class with 195 lbs. In second place was Corporal Caroline Desmeules with 185 lbs. In third was Private Bethany Savage with a lift of 175 lbs. In the men’s lightweight class, Corporal Robert Steiner won by lifting 275 lbs. In the middleweight class, Corporal Kris Fischer managed to lift 360 lbs. In the heavyweight class, Corporal Scott Simmonds won by lifting 365 lbs.