It’s time to dust off the old’ running shoes as organizers prepare for the annual Terry Fox Run and hope to raise more than $13,000 again this year.
The Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau invites anyone who would like to help organize or volunteer for the annual event to a meeting at the old CN station this Thursday at noon.
“Everyone interested in helping organize the Terry Fox Fun or volunteering before or after the run should come to the meeting,” Volunteer Bureau executive director Vanessa Hebert said this morning.
The run is slated for Sunday September 15. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. with the race commencing at 2 p.m.
Last year more than 200 people raised $13,013.82 for the Terry Fox Foundation which donates money to cancer research, and Herbert said she hopes they raise that much again this year.
“We’re definitely always trying to get as many people out as we possibly can. You know a couple of bucks here and there all adds up,” she noted.
A battle between Pharmasave store and the Pharmasave clinic last year saw the two groups raise $2,500. This year Herbert challenges other businesses to join the fight.
“It would be great if we could get other businesses battling against each other,” she said.
Ed Katona, who biked from Fort Frances to Winnipeg and back last year, is also planning to take another ride to raise funds for the event.
This time he is looking at a three day journey and would like to find someone to take the trip with him. Herbert said if anyone is interested in joining the ride or wanting more information about the Terry Fox Run they should contact he at the volunteer bureau at 274-9555.
Pledge forms are also available at the bureau and soon will be placed at various locations around town.
Fox’s original “Marathon of Hope” took place in 1980 with the simple objective of raising the awareness of the critical need to find a cure for cancer.
He ran an average of 43 km a day for 143 days but eventually was forced to end his cross-Canada journey near Thunder Bay due to the return of his cancer.
He finally succumbed to the disease in June, 1981.
Since then, participation in the run has exploded in Canada and around the world.