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Column: Willing to help Proctor for next year

Bruce Campbell
Bruce Campbell, Editor

It was supposed to be the front page picture for this week, but like everything else, COVID-19 changed everything.

A picture of Dave Proctor dipping his cowboy hat in the Atlantic at Quidi Vidi in St. John’s, N.L. as he starts his attempt to break Al Howie’s record of running across Canada in 72 days (photo would have likely been submitted, I’m not sure the Wheel was about to pay for expenses to the Rock).

But instead,  Proctor will get another year to train for OutRun Rare’s cross-country trek to raise money for rare disease research.

I’ve seen a bit of Proctor lately, giving him a honk as he is leaving High River on his run home to Okotoks. Yep, while I am looking for my keys, trying to decide whether to comb my hair (no, again) Proctor is running from Okotoks to High River to have breakfast with mom before heading back up to Okotoks.

That’s just the running I know of — he is putting on a whole lot more than the approximately 45km round trip to High River. He just completed running 1,030km in 15 days to complete the The Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee.

I am here to help Dave as he trains for next year. Dave, when you get to High River, I will meet you and your parents. Nancy, I like my eggs over easy and sorry, no bacon. I’m a health freak.

I will help next year too. I’ve been to Quidi Vidi, they have a great little brewery and fish and chips to die for - literally, it should come with diffibrillator paddles.

A great start for a cross-country run.


Bruce Campbell

About the Author: Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell is the editor for and the Western Wheel newspaper. He is a graduate of Mount Royal College journalism program, 1991. For story tips contact
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