35th Anniversary Terry Fox Run is Sept. 20

Sounder News

Tuesday, August 25 2015

This coming September 20, Canadians across the nation will be lacing up their shoes and running in the 35th Terry Fox Run.

Fox, raised in Port Coquitlam, BC, began his historic run on April 12, 1980, in St. John’s Newfoundland. On September 1, 1980, due to the spread of cancer to his lungs, Fox had to stop his run just outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario. 

He had travelled 5,373 kilometres in 143 days.

The next day he was contacted by Isadore Sharp, Chairman and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, who committed to organize a fundraising run to be held every year in Terry’s name stating, “You started it. We will not rest until your dream to find a cure for cancer is realized.”

Within the month, Fox was made the youngest Companion of the Order of Canada, the highest rank within the Order.

Fox died on June 28, 1981, in New Westminster, one month short of his twenty-third birthday.

Since then, Canadians through the Terry Fox Foundation have raised $650 million to support cancer research and the Run has spread to 25 countries around the world.

Taking up the torch as lead organizer for the Run on Gabriola this year is Mike Taylor, co-owner of North Road Sports. The Gabriola Terry Fox Run will be held at Twin Beaches this year, with registration opening at 9:30 a.m. The run will start at 11:00 a.m. with 10km, 5km and 1km routes for participants of all ages and abilities. There is no entry fee, no minimum pledge and no minimum donation.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the Terry Fox Run on Gabriola, please contact Mike at 250-247-9998 or email mike@northroadsports.com. Registration forms and pledge forms will be available at North Road Sports, Gabriola Fitness Centre and the Sounder office and online by entering in Gabriola under the “find my run” tab at www.terryfox.org.