Just before the new year, I was invited by the nonprofit group Seas It to go to St. John’s, Newfoundland to photograph a one-man marathon that was inspired by Terry Fox. Seas It provides grants to individuals fighting cancer and to their caregivers. The grants can range from gym memberships to a new bike to going to Newfoundland to run a marathon and complete a screenplay. The individual who did the marathon is one of the many grant recipients who has received a grant from Seas It— he is fighting brain cancer and at the time was writing a screenplay about Fox’s journey and his own cancer battle (he has since finished the screenplay).
We had no idea what to expect for the run as it was after all winter in Newfoundland. When we arrived, it was cold, windy and it would just start snowing out of nowhere. Amazingly, the day of the run turned out to be a great day to run a marathon — it was still cold out, there was lots of snow on the ground, there were lots of cars and snowmobiles but the sun was shining and the sky was a perfect blue and the wind was at our backs. He finished just after dark and right when it began to snow.
As far as St John’s goes, I would go back in a heartbeat. I would love to visit during the warmer months, although I must say it was pretty magical being there during the winter. I am in love with cities on the water and St. John’s reminds me a lot of the Pacific Northwest. The people were so nice and the food was amazing. I think I had the best meal of my life at restaurant right in town called Raymonds — which is now one of my favorite restaurants on the east coast.Seas It site or you can scroll through my instagram feed.