ROBERT “Bob” HARDY
– the WALKER RUNNER!
AND ACHIEVING GOALS.
Bob’s story begins with Leukaemia and a Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, to racing an IV pole, to racing a bicycle 35,000-km in 8 years, to writing a Symphonic Music Work, performing it, recording it and getting awarded for it.
To Bob Hardy, The Walker Runner, completing four full, 42.2-km marathons, eleven half, 21.1-km, half marathons and five 10-km races.
Qualify for the Boston Marathon and Perform Fifth day Suite: Son et Lumière before his 70th birthday.
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ROBERT “BOB” HARDY
IS THE WALKER RUNNER
Leukemia and bone marrow transplant survivor Robert “Bob” Hardy developed walker racing skills, with a walker, after a balance condition forced him into retirement from marathon cycling. When Hardy first turned to competitive cycling to get over his cancer and get on with life, he founded a 120-km Terry Fox Bicycle Challenge in 2001, represented Canada in the 2003 and 2005 World Transplant Games, completed six 354-km Rideau Lakes Cycle Tours and six 120-km Terry Fox Challenges, missed 2008 and 2009 because of hip replacement and came back with a new shorter 50-km Terry Fox Challenge for 2010-2012. Several surgeries and complications in October 2012 resulted in complete loss of balance. Because he has no balance he has to use a walker and so he has chosen to race his walker.
Formerly HUGO Mobility
“I just wanted to say that it was so inspirational seeing Bob out there, it helped me push that much harder, anybody that thinks they can’t run you just got lapped by a guy with a walker, take that!”
– Anonymous lady, 10KM participant
“After much discussion and because of the speed Bob has attained, a final decision has been made to give Bob The title of Walker Runner, despite the fact he is actually a Race walker.”
“Racewalking, or race walking, is a long-distance discipline within the sport of athletics. Although it is a foot race, it is different from running in that one foot must appear to be in contact with the ground at all times.”