Memory of young friend fuels boxer's cross-Canada run

Jamie Bennett
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Three-time Olympian Mike Strange runs near Deer Lake during his Box Run.

Three-time Olympian Mike Strange knew his nearly 3,800 kilometre-run from St. John’s to his hometown of Niagra Falls, Ont. in aid of cancer research would be the ultimate physical and mental test.

But the 11-time Canadian amateur boxing champion admits he’s been given all he can handle by the province’s unpredictable weather.

Since starting his Box Run, which is raising money for McMaster University’s Stem Cell and Research Institute, as well as Ronald McDonald Houses Charities of Canada, on May 8, Strange said he’s been stuck in bitterly cold rain storms mixed with scorching heat.

“You’ve got four seasons in one in Newfoundland,” Strange said with a laugh Thursday during a stop near Deer Lake.

Strange, who did a similar run in 2012, decided to take up the challenge again in memory of Matteo Mancini, his 12-year-old friend who died of bone cancer in May of 2013.

He plans to run 90 marathons in 90 days and he admits the long, often solitary days have tested him both physically and mentally.

Still, he admits it’s important to keep his own ordeal in perspective.

“I know these kids would switch spots with me in a minute if they could,” he said. “It’s just not fair what some kids have to go through.”

Organizations: Cross-Canada, McMaster University, Stem Cell and Research Institute

Geographic location: Niagra Falls, Canada, Newfoundland

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