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Terry Fox Run set for Sept. 14

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The organizer of the annual Terry Fox Run here is looking for “bigger and better” numbers this year.

Slated for Sunday, Sept. 14 at 3 p.m. starting from the curling club, Steve Maki is hoping to surpass last year’s run, which saw 120 people raise about $8,000 for cancer research.

People can choose to walk, run, jog, bike or roller-blade along either the six- or 10-km route.

Last year’s Terry Fox Run raised almost 50 percent more money than the one did in 1995 (when 43 people raised just over $4,750), placing Fort Frances 20th in the province for the biggest jump from one year to the next.

But Maki stressed the run here can still do better.

“I’d like to see our participation increase by another 50 percent this year, and I would like to see us raise around $10,000,” he said, adding he had just over two weeks to organize the run last September.

With more time to organize this year’s race, and a year of experience under his belt, Maki said he’s been able to snare a trip to Orlando, Fla. from International Travel Services, which will be raffled off afterwards.

Participants are eligible to enter their name for the draw for every $100 they raise in pledges.

Pledge sheets are available at various stores around town or the local OPP detachment. Anyone with questions can contact Maki at 274-3322 (work) or 274-1972 (home).

A barbecue open to the public also will be held after the run at the curling club parking lot, featuring free hot dogs and refreshments although donations will be accepted.

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