Robert Hardy

Overcoming Obstacles

The Maestro
Robert “Bob” Hardy story

It’s been more than ten years since I first met Robert Hardy in the lounge at the Georgian House Restaurant & Day Spa in Alexandria, Ontario. At the time, in 2008, Heinz Kaswurm, the restaurants’ owner and I were discussing how we could incorporate music into a video we were developing to promote the restaurant on their website.

Robert Hardy and Bill Riley, sitting at a table nearby overheard our conversation, and Robert came up, introduced himself, as Maestro Robert William “Bob” Hardy, a composer and musician living here in Alexandria whom he said he had a solution. The rest, as they say, is history.

Since that initial introduction, Bob and I have worked on many projects, for example:

  • The Premiere of the fifth Day Suite in Toronto
  • The Synergy of five
  • Stop the Cancer Cycle
  • Terry fox Run
  • Participation Music hall Theatre
  • Walk for Life
  • Bob hardy The Walker Runner
  • Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Goals

Whether I worked as a photographer, a designer, a writer, a videographer, a web developer, or strategist. Designing that new poster, designing that roll-up banner, representing La Plume Moderne and Evolving Media at a trade show, or performing live in concert where I not only created the slide presentations but executed it in concert in-time with the musicians.

The adventure continues…

Robert Bob Hardy The Walker Runner, Cornwall Run for MS, May 2016. Photo by Jeff Poissant, RGD.
A simple image used within the article about Bob Hardy The Walker Runner
Robert Bob Hardy The Walker Runner, Cornwall Multi-Sport last cold run of the season. March 2019. Photo by Jeff Poissant, RGD.

The latest: Bob’s The Walker Runner public speaking engagements entitled

“Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Goals.”

“Leukemia and bone marrow transplant survivor Robert hardy developed walker racing skills, with a walker, after a balance condition forced him into retirement from marathon cycling. When hardy first turned to competitive cycling to get over his cancer and get on with life, he founded a 120-km Terry fox Bicycle Challenge in 2001.

Represented Canada in the 2003 and 2005 World Transplant Games, completed six 354-km Rideau Lakes Cycle Tours and six 120-km Terry fox Challenges. Missed 2008 and 2009 because of hip replacement and came back with a new shorter 50-km Terry fox Challenge for 2010-2012. Several surgeries and complications in October 2012 resulted in complete loss of balance. Because he has no balance, he has to use a walker and so he has chosen to race his walker.”
—Mandy frank, formerly HUGO Mobility, August 2013.

On occasion, you might see me on my bike, riding and stopping along a marathon route as I am taking photos of Bob during a race. Or during the new “The Walker Runner” Speaking Engagements as Bob weaves his story of investing in a healthy and wealthy retirement.

Throughout his most recent endeavours the underlying message is simply to overcome the stigma of walking or racing with a walker.

For information and to learn more about Maestro Robert William “Bob” hardy visit: or

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