A running shoe introduced 32 years ago gets an inspired second wind. adidas is releasing the Orion 2, a modern take on the original Orion model made famous by Terry Fox.
In 1977 at the age of 18, the Vancouver, Canada native was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an aggressive, malignant bone cancer that cost him his right leg. Angered by the lack of funding for cancer research, avid athlete Fox began training to run marathons on his prosthetic leg with the ultimate goal of running across Canada end to end to raise one dollar for each of the country’s 24 million residents, believing that everybody should be protected from the disease. Fox started his 26-mile-per-day journey on April 12, 1980 at St. John’s, Newfoundland and ran 3,339 miles west to Thunder Bay, Ontario where he was stopped by coughing fits on September 1. A trip to the hospital revealed that the cancer had spread to his lungs, officially ending his countrywide trek. Fox passed away on June 28, 1981, one month shy of his 23rd birthday. It’s estimated Fox’s brief Marathon of Hope raised over $24.7 million for cancer research, with runs across the world raising millions more every year since his passing.
The Orion 2 comes in faux suede and nylon as well as a leather edition in Black/Red and Black/Yellow. Both colorways release this Friday, June 15th at select spots like City Gear. Retail is $58.