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Cross-Canada runner makes Peterborough stop

by Jamie Steel

For most people, running one marathon is a challenge. For Scott Cannata, it’s a daily routine.

Peterborough native, former Trent student and Trent fitness instructor, Cannata ran his 78th marathon on Monday (Aug. 8) since beginning The Run to Live in May.

The Run to Live is a fundraising effort Cannata and his team thought of as a way to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society.

The inspiration for The Run to Live comes from Cannata’s mother who battled the disease and was victorious. She was one of the cancer survivors in attendance during a ceremony at Trent Univeristy’s Justin Chiu Stadium on Monday, as Cannata stopped in Peterborough during his cross-country journey.

It began in St. John’s, Newfoundland and will end in Port Renfrew, British Columbia.

“We’ve raised over $15,000 but unfortunately that’s not enough,” Cannata says, urging the audience to “forget the bar” and just keep raising funds and spreading the word.

Cannata received a cheque for $1,250 on behalf of The Run to Live during the ceremony.

In attendance were MPP Jeff Leal, County Warden J. Murray Jones, Peterborough Mayor Daryl Bennett, all of whom spoke.

Additionally, the president of Trent University, Dr. Steven Franklin, said a few words about Cannata and The Run to Live.

“Trent is honoured to call Scott our own,” said Franklin. “Scott is a definitive example of what we mean when we say ‘live your education.’”

When it was Leal’s turn, he shared just how close to home cancer hit for him.

“Cancer for me is indeed very personal,” he said before telling the audience that both his older brother and nephew have fought cancer and are now survivors.

Jones echoed what other speakers had said, expressing just how proud the city and county of Peterborough are of Cannata for committing to this cause.

“This is a real hero,” he said. “I know we’ll all be standing up with a great deal of pride.”

As for Cannata, he was overwhelmed by the thought of being anyone’s hero.

However, after the ceremony concluded and people began buying hamburgers and hot dogs (all proceeds went to The Run to Live), people, young and old, waited in line for as long as it took to shake his hand, give him a hug and tell him just how much he meant to them.

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