2013 Second Annual Mo'Run Sarnia

Being diagnosed with prostate cancer didn’t stop Cal Schram from doing what he loved: running.

“Two months after my surgery they said I could start back running, which I did, to the day,” he chuckled. ”And I kept running throughout my radiation treatments.”

Now, two years post-surgery and cancer-free, Schram was one of the organizers behind the second annual Mo’ Run Sarnia on Sunday.

About 170 people registered for the Movember event — including 16km, 10km and 5km runs, and 10km and 5km walks — and Schram estimates it brought in more than $9,000 to support prostate cancer research.

“The event was a great success,” Schram said, adding, “Although it was cold, it was clear and everyone really enjoyed themselves.”

Last year, the Mo’ Run had 100 participants and raised just over $6,000.

“We were wowed by the city of Sarnia and the people who came out,” said Stefania Barron, who also organized the event.

Two years ago, the pair organized Feet on Fire, a running club that operates out of On Edge Fitness.

“We were looking for a charity to sponsor as a group so I threw Movember out there because I’m a prostate cancer survivor myself,” said Schram.

Schram was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010.

“I was shocked,” he said, adding he’s always been health-conscious and an avid exerciser.

He had surgery in November 2011 to remove the cancer, but soon found out his fight wasn’t over.

Schram chose to undergo radiation therapy to reduce the likelihood of the disease recurring.

Running continued to serve as his motivation.

“Just after I got out of the hospital that November, the New York Marathon was on TV and I thought a year from now that’s my goal.”

After six weeks of radiation, he began training for the marathon and on Nov. 3, 2011, he crossed the finish line.

Schram hopes to encourage others to lead a healthy lifestyle.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s this disease or any physical issue that you face, being healthy and leading a healthy lifestyle will help you.”

He also hopes the run will encourage men to talk about their health.

“We never get sick right?” joked Stephen Norton, owner of On Edge Fitness.

“I think it’s some of our own fault, why we have that image, because (men) don’t talk about our sicknesses.”

Norton, who also helped co-ordinate the event hopes the race will spread to other nearby towns.

“Hopefully extended communities will see what we’re doing and say ‘Maybe that’s something we can do too.’”

This year’s race was much more professional, Schram said, with chip timing, medals, and prizes.

Plans are already underway for next year’s event, he said, adding race results are available via a link at morunsarnia.com.


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