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The Terry Fox Run 2004

Chiang Mai Pool league

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Chiangmai SportRoundup

The Terry Fox Run 2004

Marathon of Hope

Staff Reporter

The sun was not yet up but the mood of the 581 participants who showed up early Saturday morning, on October 30, 2004, in the 700 year Anniversary stadium was as bright as it could be at the early hour.

Despite the early morning hours everyone was in a good mood.

Trainers from ‘FT Fitness’ were succeeding to wake and warm up the runners by doing Aerobic and Combat training exercises on stage.

The annual event included a 10.2 km run or a 2.2 km walk. It was not necessary to be a professional athlete to participate; it was a fun event for everyone, an event to remember the unbreakable spirit of young Terry Fox who had his left leg amputated above the knee in 1977 following cancer. While he was still in the hospital Terry was so overcome by the suffering of cancer patients that he decided to run across Canada to raise awareness of the disease and money to fund cancer research. Terry sadly died while fulfilling his dream at the age of 22 in June 1981.

From young to old, from American Consul General Bea Camp to orphaned kids from Vieng Ping Children’s Home, it was a marathon which really gives hope that one day cancer will be overpowered and cured.

Patrick Ghielmetti, General Manager of the Four Seasons Chiang Mai said how flattered and happy he feels that so many young and old people were present to help keep the awareness of Terry and his cancer research dream alive. He added that during the 12 years, since Isadore Sharp has founded the Terry Fox Run, it has become an annual event at every Four Seasons Hotels throughout 16 countries, and over 14 million dollars have been raised so far for this worthy cause. Proceeds from all events remain in the country in which they are raised for cancer research.

Sponsors and organizers from the Four Seasons Hotel, Chiang Mai, Deputy Governor Prinya Panthong (middle in white), between Four Seasons General Manager Patrick Ghielmetti (right) and H.E. the Canadian Ambassador Denis Comeau.

He said, “Here in Chiang Mai we have raised 2.185 billion baht since our first run seven years ago. Each baht was donated to the Oncological (cancer) society of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of her Majesty the Queen. Today I am very proud to announce that we do not only have an increase of almost 30 percent as regards participation (451 in 2003 and 581 this year) but we also received 380,000 baht to add to the cancer research fund. Thank you all for your support for this worthy cause.”

The winner in the wheelchair category.

The Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai, Prinya Panthong, delivered his speech in both Thai and English before hitting the gong mark the start.

At the end of the morning, after all the runners and walkers, old and young returned, the awards were presented, including the prestigious Queen’s Cup for the fastest participant. In addition a lucky draw was held with The Regent Singapore and the Four Season Singapore, as well as the Four Seasons in Bangkok generously donating accommodation vouchers. Patrick Ghielmetti closed the event saying, “Thank you all very much for coming and we hope to see you again next year for the Terry Fox Run 2005.”

The second place in the women’s category went once again to Canadian Michelle Kaminsky, who received her trophy from H.E. the Canadian Ambassador Denis Comeau.

The youngest (2 years and 10 month) and the oldest participant (75 years) received a token of appreciation from Mrs. Comeau, the wife of the Canadian Ambassador. (Above & Left)


Chiang Mai Pool league


Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai is picked up from the Hash House Pub on Mondays at 16.00 once every 2 weeks. Pick up can be arranged from Fish and Chips shop as well.

CUM H3 is a male run. Pick-up every Tuesday at 4 pm from Fish ‘n Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road (opposite Irish Pub). A fun run for males. No committee.

CSH3 is a mixed Saturday hash which is picked up from the H3 Pub on Moon Mueng Road every Saturday at 15.30. Pick up can be arranged from Fish and Chips shop as well.

Chiang Mai’s Happy H3 is a new club with a mixture of traditional values and progressive thinking. Very democratic, good runs and “on on’s” guaranteed. On on on at Clubroom. Pick-up from Fish ‘n Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road, 4 p.m. every Saturday.

BH3 female hash (Harriettes) runs once a month on the last Sunday of the month. Pickup from Hash House Pub on the corner of Soi 2 at Moon Muang Rd. is at 3.30 p.m. during the winter and 4 p.m. during the summer.

For more information visit: http://www.geocities.com/chiangmaih3/.

All information either from Fish and Chips, H3 or “ONON” Pub. Or look at the websites at: http://www.thai-american.com/hhh/

It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!



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