Brett Opthof's Run Postponed Due To A Foot Injury

Brett Opthof (submitted)

He was running through Oxford County this weekend to raise awareness for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Opthof says he'll complete the route before his journey from Tobermory to Niagara starting on August 31st.

WOODSTOCK - A foot injury has forced Woodstock's Brett Opthof to postpone the rest of his run this weekend.

Opthof wrote on Facebook this morning he had suffered the injury.

He says he'll finish up the remainder of his run this month, but he'll do the entire run again at a later date.

"I kind of started walking quite a bit hoping that it would progressively go away and a friend of mine, she had sent me a video of some stretching and I started doing some stretching and it worked, it started getting a little bit better, just in time for a couple friends to come out and motivate me. One was running with me and the other one was biking with me and I was feeling actually pretty good, but then the heat was coming on and at around 12:30 pm I stopped running because I just didn't want to get into the heat. Last night I wanted to get back out around 11 o'clock or so but I got up from a nap and I took one step and it was just too much pain on my foot, and it's the last thing I want to do is risk any further injury that is going to take away from the Bruce Trail run."

Opthof began his run on Friday outside of the Upper Thames Brewing Company, where he was raising awareness for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. 

He says he started feeling pain just before he finished his route on Friday. Opthof says he tried to continue his run around 4 o'clock yesterday morning but he started to feel pain in his left foot. He says he has dealt with foot injuries in the past and he noticed the signs after his foot was sore. 

Opthof says he'll complete the route before his journey from Tobermory to Niagara, starting on August 31st.

"I think after the Bruce Trail run, maybe beginning of October, end of September, I'll attempt around Oxford County again just because when I like to start something I like to finish it throughout not split it up here, here and here. So I'll definitely be doing it again from the beginning."

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