Wentworth Lodge residents and staff surpassed their Terry Fox Challenge goals by more than seven times, walking and rolling 4,783 laps of the long-term care facility’s courtyard to travel more than 645.7 kilometres.
Heather MacDonald, part-time recreationist at Wentworth Lodge, said residents, staff and family took the first challenge to heart and shattered the original goals of collectively walking 90 kilometres, or 675 laps, during the week between Sept. 23 and 30.
“At any one point in the week, you could look out to the courtyard and see dozens of residents, staff, family and volunteers walking, rolling and running,” MacDonald said. “It was a great event and we look forward to having another one next year.”
Teams of residents and staff challenged each other to reach their goals. Residents were grouped by their living areas within the facility.
The winning team was from Trillium Court. They walked, rolled and ran 1,009 laps or 136.2 kilometres. The second place team from nutrition services walked 1,002 laps (135.3 kms). The third place team from Oak Lane walked 846 laps or 114.2 kilometres, well above the individual group goal of 10 km or 75 laps.
“It far surpassed anything that we had hoped for,” MacDonald said.
It was the first event of its kind at the Lodge. MacDonald said people across Canada participate in Terry Fox runs or walks every year, and Lodge residents should have the opportunity to take part as well.
Students from Dundana elementary school helped kick off the challenge by presenting a series of Terry Fox facts, sharing a cheer they created and leading a warm-up exercise.
The students also helped cut a ribbon and walked or pushed residents on their first few trips around the courtyard path.
The event is part of ongoing partnership between the school and municipal long-term care facility. MacDonald said the residents can be a great resource for the kids, helping bring to life their school curriculum simply by sharing their own stories and experiences.