EDMONTON — An Alberta man running for charity is mirroring one of his longtime heroes in more ways than one.
When Curtis Hargrove was arrested in Quebec Monday during his cross-country run to raise $1 million for Edmonton's Stollery Children's Hospital, it evoked memories for some of the 1980 Terry Fox Marathon of Hope.
The 23-year-old Cold Lake man was arrested 100 km outside of Quebec City for willfully obstructing the work of a police officer after police told him he could not run on the Trans-Canada Highway.
He was also slapped a parking ticket on the RV that is traveling with him.
Fox faced similar problems in Quebec when police forced him to run on secondary highways to avoid arrest.
"When I was 18 I ran all across Alberta and B.C. and raised $50,000 for Terry Fox," said Hargrove.
"I've seen videos, people used to try and run him off the road but he stood his ground. He kept on trucking."
Hargrove said police arrested him after he told officers he planned to continue running along the highway despite their requests. Cops let him go after he signed a statement saying he would not run on the Trans-Canada in Quebec. Instead, he will continue on nearby Route 132.
Hargrove said he had no problems running the Trans-Canada through Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and he plans to get back on the highway when he reaches Ontario.
He said RV driver Morgan Seaward has been driving ahead of him at the posted speed limits and pulling over in safe spots to wait for him to catch up.
Despite also having the Canada flag ripped off his RV this week, Hargrove said he has received many donations and had a largely positive experience in Quebec.
"I have nothing but good things to say about Quebec," he said.
Hargrove has been fundraising for various charities since age 15, inspired by his grandfather, who raised $75,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation.
"I always looked up to my grandfather and always wanted to continue in his footsteps," Hargrove said.
His father Larry Hargrove said he was "pretty shocked and disappointed" to hear of the arrest but is proud of what his son has done.
Hargrove plans to finish his run in late October or early November in Victoria.
He has a court date set for Sept. 21, which he will try to get pushed back unless he can have someone else represent him at the proceedings.