How Ron Calhoun Helped Terry Fox and Other Heroes Make Millions for Charity
Comments re The Man Behind the Marathons
What an astonishing and fascinating book! Every Canadian knows about Terry Fox and his incredible legacy - but few people are aware of the man behind this. Ms. Cougler does a wonderful job in making this a page turner - such fascinating details. I highly recommend reading this book - a great read for a school project or book club. Lisa Hutchison on Goodreads
"Having read Ms Cougler's historical fiction, I looked forward to her first non-fiction effort and The Man Behind the Marathons did not disappoint. Great for a leisurely read and as well written as Ms Cougler's earlier books. Fascinating insights into the life of Terry Fox and the equally amazing later marathoners but the final marathon is the remarkable life and legacy of Ron Calhoun, the man behind the success of the marathons." Wayne Caslick
"I loved the book. [The Man Behind the Marathons] So glad for the way you set it up. It kept me reading. And then the section on Ron came just as I was about headed to Google to see what led Ron to be the guy he was. The quality of the paper was a real asset. Top quality for a top quality story about a top quality guy. Congratulations. I felt your heart in every page. Thanks for letting me have an early look at the book. Very cherished.” Sue Hilborn
The Man Behind the Marathons is the remarkable story of what one person can achieve as a volunteer. Ron Calhoun is such a person. With Ron’s zest for innovative approaches and his superb and persuasive fundraising skills, tens of millions of dollars have been raised across Canada to fight cancer, muscular dystrophy, diabetes and other causes. Readers will be inspired by Ron’s life and by the incredible marathons of individuals such as Terry Fox, Steve Fonyo, Ken McColm, and John and Jesse Davidson. Their efforts have made our world a better place. ~~ M.K. Tod
In these pages Elaine Cougler's gifts as a storyteller are on full display as she takes us inside Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope and shines a light on the unsung hero who made it happen. ~ Terry Fallis, two-time winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour.
While it may seem strange for an author to write about her own book here, this book deserves my words. Yes, I wrote The Man Behind the Marathons. And I’m so glad I did. Ron Calhoun’s singular life as a volunteer is a story that needs to be told. The book starts with four chapters about the incomparable Terry Fox and Ron’s work behind the scenes to make the Marathon of Hope successful. Next is a section of the other four marathon events he masterminded for Steve Fonyo, Ken McColm and John and Jesse Davidson. Each of those is a story in itself, with both the good and the bad and how Ron Calhoun dealt with it all. The final section of the book outlines Ron’s life and suggests how his upbringing made him the man he became who could make such a difference to so many people. His life has been a Marathon of Hope. (He coined that phrase for the Terry Fox marathon way back in 1980.) This book, written about some of Canada’s heroes, shows that the man behind all those athletes attempting the impossible and mostly succeeding is one of Canada’s and the world’s outstanding heroes.
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