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Local Terry Fox Run gearing up

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The local Terry Fox Run is set to take off Sunday, Sept. 20 from La Place Rendez-Vous, giving people a little less than three weeks to gather their pledges.

Run organizer Steve Maki is hoping to break $13,000 in pledges this year, beating last year’s total (just over $9,000) by about 50 percent.

“We did 50 percent better than the year before, which was 50 better than the year before last,” Maki said. “That’s what I’m shooting for this year.”

“Anybody who’s participated in the past, I’d like to see them again,” he added.

The run is slated to begin at 3 p.m. but Maki said he would like everybody to be registered by two o’clock.

Participants in this year’s run will leave from the Rendez-Vous, go across the overpass and down to the hospital along Front Street, then turn up Victoria Avenue to Second Street East.

From there, they will head east to the river, head to Pither’s Point Park, go around Fort St. Pierre, and then head back to the Rendez-Vous.

For a shorter route, run participants can turn up Minnie Avenue instead of Victoria to reach Second Street East.

Maki stressed participants won’t be forced to “run.” Walking, biking, roller-blading, skateboarding, and just about any other method of self-propelled locomotion is allowed.

“You just can’t drive a car around it,” he said.

Pledge sheets for the Terry Fox Run can be picked up at the Rendez-Vous, Rainy Lake Sports and Tackle, East End Confectionery, the Dough and Deli, Einar’s, Sparky’s, Family and Children’s Services, Tammi’s Flower Garden, International Travel, Pharmasave, TD Bank, Green’s Furniture, Mohawk, Sunset Shell, The Place, Witherspoon’s, the Fort Frances Public Library, and the Civic Centre.

A trip to Florida was donated by International Travel Services here to encourage people to raise pledges.

“For every $100 you raise, your name goes in the hat,” Maki said, noting the more you raise, the better your chance of winning.

Unlike last year, organizers won’t hold a barbecue for participants afterwards. But Maki noted since the run starts and ends at the Rendez-Vous, people could take advantage of the restaurant there, or make use of the picnic facilities in the park.

“I’d like it to be a family thing,” he said.

This is Maki’s third year organizing the Terry Fox Run here. He admitted the pledge sheets were out a little late this year but hoped that wouldn’t stop people from raising money.

“We’ve still got three weeks so we’ve got lots of time,” he said. “I think we’ll do just fine.”

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