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Terry Fox Run returns to in-person event

By August 12, 2022No Comments
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I’m not a quitter! That’s the motto for this year’s Terry Fox Run/Walk, which will be making its return as an in-person event after two years of virtual-type runs.

The run/walk is being held in Bud Miller All Seasons Park on Sept. 18. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the run/walk is scheduled from 10 a.m. until noon.

Terry Fox was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist.

In 1980, with one leg having been amputated due to cancer, he embarked on an east-to-west cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research.

His journey started on April 12, 1980, but was unfortunately cut short due to cancer returning to his leg. Fox was forced to stop his run on Sept. 1. Fox passed away on June 28, 1981, at the age of 22.

Since then, the Terry Fox Run has become a fall tradition in Canada with more than 650 communities fundraising for cancer research. 

Despite the past two years of virtual events, the Border City’s dedicated walkers and cancer research supporters flocked to Bud Miller and continued to walk.

Heather Klages will once again be the run captain and the day’s master of ceremonies.

Local Realtor, Louis de Kock, was one of such runners and went a distance of 40 km in 2020 to mark the 40th anniversary of the walk.

To date, de Kock has raised over $10,000 through five runs.

The run’s organizers have set a modest goal of $4,000 for this year’s event, but through the generosity of dedicated community supporters, Lloydminster has raised an impressive $187,029.18 since the city’s first run in 1984. 

Distances for this year’s event include 2.5km and 5km routes and participants are reminded the event isn’t just open to walkers as bicycles and wheelchairs are welcomed.

To register for this year’s Terry Fox Run/Walk, visit www.terryfox.org/terry-fox-run.

T-shirts for this year’s local event can be found on the Lloydminster Terry Fox Run’s Facebook page.