Hundreds of thousands of people across Canada are expected to participate in the Annual Terry Fox Run on Sunday, September 18, a fundraising event taking place in more than 800 communities nation-wide that continue to embody the indomitable spirit of Terry Fox.
Terry’s Marathon of Hope in 1980 heralded a new age in fundraising.
Terry was an innovator, raising funds for a disease that was still referred to in whispers while attempting to ran across Canada, an athletic feat few able-bodied athletes would even consider.
He ran with his artificial leg exposed, he talked about his experience with cancer; he gave hope to those suffering from the disease.
Terry’s grassroots approach was a direct reflection of who he was – and Canadians embraced him with an intensity rarely seen before.
The Terry Fox Runs are non-competitive, all inclusive, family oriented activity where participants can run, walk, blade or bike.
On September 18, hundreds of thousands of Terry Fox supporters, family and friends, will participate in their favourite Canadian tradition to ensure that cancer research continues to make a difference. As Terry himself might have said, one dollar from every Canadian; that’s it.
Golden’s Terry Fox Run this year will be held on Sunday September 18, starting from 9 a.m. to noon at the Mt.7 Rec. Plex.
“This is not a timed event so runners, family and friends can start any time between 9 and noon,” said Golden’s event organizer Mineko Beleyme.
There are two options, a 10 km run or a 3 km family walk. Participants are welcome to run, walk, or ride. There is no minimum donation and no entry fee.
“We will be having a barbecue by donation as well as music at the site. Everyone is welcome to stop by to cheer on the participants, make a donation, have a hot dog or just say hello,” said Beleyme.