Thank you Terry

Christopher Cameron
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Runners, triathletes hold small gathering to recognize Curley and his family

NEW GLASGOW – In amongst a number of jabs, pokes and jokes during a night recognizing Terry Curley there was one consistent theme – thank you.

An event organized by local runners and triathletes saw more than 60 turn out to The Dock on Tuesday for the night of thanks for everything Terry and his wife Carol have done for the community by being the main organizers of many running events and triathlon.

Terry was unaware the night was for him and he almost didn’t go because he had things to do before going away with Carol to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Carol and the kids were in on it and told him it was to celebrate Dave MacLennan’s 10th Johnny Miles win just under a month ago.

Through a number of people standing up to tell stories and poke fun at Terry, the Johnny Miles Running Event race director since 2003, it became evident the growth the marathon has had in the last 12 years. Many attributed that to organizing running events being part of their family life, him being determined on having everything perfect or just that he loves seeing the community come together in that setting.

George Manos, the race chairman from 1976 until Terry took over, said that three or four years before the transition Terry came on board when Tim Hortons became a sponsor.

“He always made arrangements to get all the food there and it was always done before we even asked him to do it,” said Manos.

Around that time Manos said that Dr. John Williston, race founder, wasn’t feeling well. Manos said he himself wasn’t feeling very useful in his role as chairman, which is when Terry stepped in.

“For the first few years I would go to the meetings as a consultant, but then I realized I didn’t be there to do anything,” said Manos. “We knew it was in great hands.”

Once Terry got rolling as the race director Manos said he saw a lot of comparisons to John Williston.

“He’s got a knack for getting people to join and participate just like the late Dr. John Williston,” he said. “He (Williston) did everything he could for anybody, just like Terry.”

Terry’s involvement as race director for events did expand over the years. He added the Run for the Lobster, Melmerby Triathlon, New Year’s Eve Resolution Run and the Miss Miles Classic. On top of those he and his son Evan have helped with setup at the inaugural True Grit Race, YMCA Ugly Sweater Run and likely many more.

“There are no words, thank you is not enough,” said Beth Williston, Dr. John Williston’s daughter. “I was glad when I heard they were organizing this event (at The Dock). You could say it was long overdue because of all that you have done for the community.”

Beth said a few things have struck her over the years from little things Terry has said. At the annual Johnny Miles Running Event awards night he said as long as people keep supporting the events they will keep doing it. She also said he’s expressed how it’s become a way of life in their home for Terry, Carol, Evan and Emma.

Not only is Beth proud of how Terry has carried forward on her father’s legacy, but she makes sure to tell him every year after running the 5k.

“I go down to see dad and tell him about the race,” she said about her yearly tradition. “I tell him how wonderful it was and how organized it was. I tell him about the kid’s races and how those are growing each year. Then I leave and go home, also part of my ritual, to write a thank you letter to Terry and Carol each year.”

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Organizations: Tim Hortons

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