Miles for Millions April 30, 1970   Hamilton Historical collection
Miles for Millions, April 30, 1970, Hamilton Historical collection

This is the time of year that tens of thousands of Hamiltonians took part in the now defunct Miles for Millions walk.

  Mayor Vic Copps manages a smile at the end of the grinding walk.  Hamilton Historical collection

Mayor Vic Copps manages a smile at the end of the grinding walk. Hamilton Historical collection

Long before the Terry Fox Run or the Run for the Cure, more than 17,000 took part in the inaugural race in 1967. Walkers on the 56 km (35 mile) route raised $192,000 to help Africa.   More than $1 million was raised over the five years the race took place.

Walking up York Road in Dundas. May 5, 1969. Hamilton Historical collection
Walking up York Road in Dundas. May 5, 1969. Hamilton Historical collection
Some marchers balked when they saw the grade at Mount Albion Road, choosing to ride instead. May 10, 1971.  Hamilton Historical collection
Some marchers balked when they saw the grade at Mount Albion Road, choosing to ride instead. May 10, 1971. Hamilton Historical collection
The route. May 6, 1972. Hamilton Historical collection.
The route. May 6, 1972. Hamilton Historical collection.
Sore and blistered feet find solace in the mud . May 5, 1969.  Hamilton Historical collection
Sore and blistered feet find solace in the mud. May 5, 1969. Hamilton Historical collection
Two youths tackle the route on roller skates. May 15, 1972. Hamilton Historical collection.
Two youths tackle the route on roller skates. May 15, 1972. Hamilton Historical collection.
John Northey, centre, of RR 1, Hannon, wheels his son, Bill Jr.  May 15, 1972. Hamilton Historical collection
John Northey of RR 1, Hannon, wheels his son, Bill Jr. May 15, 1972. Hamilton Historical collection
Hamilton held the distinction of raising more money than any other Canadian city in the 1967 race.  Hamilton Historical collection.
Hamilton held the distinction of raising more money than any other Canadian city in the 1967 race. Hamilton Historical collection.

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