From Deer Lake to Corner Brook: Man does 50 km walk on 50th anniversary of last one

67 year-old Kevin Garnier of Pasadena is walking 50 km from Deer Lake to Corner Brook for the second time in fifty years.

Garnier and dozens others are leaving Saturday morning to walk across the west coast. When he was 17 years old, he and a few of his friends walked the same distance.

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This newspaper clipping from 50 years ago shows Kevin Garnier pushing a shopping cart filled with toys from Deer Lake to Corner Brook. (submitted photo )

He pushed a shopping cart filled with toys and treats to the Christopher Fisher division of the hospital in Corner Brook in 1967.

50 years later, Garnier hopes to walk the full 50 km while raising $50,000 for the pediatric newborn unit at Western Memorial Regional Hospital. 

He and his training group have spent months preparing for the walk. 

“We have been training since June 4th. Three walks per week. Some short some long. We are excited but we are a little anxious too. I have 35 walkers attempting to do the complete 50 kms with me and then dozens of others joining in at parts along the way. I am anxious because I hope the 35 that start with me are going to be able to complete the whole thing,” said Kevin Garnier.

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Kevin Garnier (left) and walkers sneak in a quick training session before the big 50 km walk Saturday. (Colleen Connors/CBC)

The 50 km walk 50 years later, raising $50,000 is no coincidence. Garnier and his fitness group wanted a challenge and this was the perfect fit. 

“We just wanted to go on a long hike. We do all sorts of hikes. 20-25 km long. But some of the group wanted a longer one,” said Garnier.

“I told them I had done a 50 km trek many years ago. Someone thought it would be a good idea to do it on the rail bed. When I found the date was Saturday, Aug. 1st, 50 years ago and that Saturday fell on August 12 this year. That was it! The stars aligned so to speak.”

The public can join in the walk starting at 5 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 at the Tim Hortons in Deer Lake. People can donate to the walkers along the long route or at www.505050.ca. 

From Deer Lake to Corner Brook: Man does 50 km walk on 50th anniversary of last one

Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/west-coast-man-walks-50-kms-deer-lake-corner-brook-1.4244151?cmp=rss
Aggregated from: CBC | Newfoundland and Labrador News

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