Terry Fox run draws near

34th annual Terry Fox Run takes place Sept. 14 at Coldstream Park, which is below Coldstream Elementary School on Kalamalka Road

It’s an annual event that stirs up a lot of emotions across the country.

The 34th annual Terry Fox Run takes place Sept. 14 at Coldstream Park, which is below Coldstream Elementary School on Kalamalka Road.

“You do not have to run,” said event organizer Diana Williamson. “Walkers, runners, cyclists, we encourage pets to come, bring the whole family. It’s a fun event.”

The run, of course, is held in memory of Fox, the one-legged runner from Port Coquitlam who lost his leg to cancer but gained worldwide attention in 1980 as he began his Marathon of Hope, a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research.

Fox made it from Newfoundland to just outside of Thunder Bay, when he was forced to stop his run as cancer had returned to his body. He died in June 1981. The first Terry Fox Run was held in September of that year.

To date, more than $650 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry’s name.

“It’s still a big deal across Canada,” said Williamson. “It’s amazing the legacy that Terry left.”

The local Terry Fox Run begins at Coldstream Park with registration at 8 a.m. After local singer Paul Moore belts out the national anthem, the event starts at 9 a.m. The route is five-kilometres starting at the park, making its way down Kalamalka Road to McClounie Road, up McClounie to Coldstream Creek Road, back to Kalamalka Road before returning to the park.

Anybody who wants to make it a 10-km event can do the route twice.

There is no registration fee in order to participate. Those who plan to collect pledges can contact Williamson at 250-938-0441, or go to www.terryfox.org.

Donations will also be collected at the event.

Anybody wishing to volunteer for the Terry Fox Run can also contact Williamson.

Refreshments will be provided.