Terry Fox run at new location

Fundraising event takes place at the Hope airport this Sunday

Thirty-three people participated in last year’s Terry Fox Run in Hope

Thirty-three people participated in last year’s Terry Fox Run in Hope

The annual Terry Fox run/walk in Hope is being held in a new location this year.

Residents are encouraged to run, walk or cycle the five-kilometre route through the scenic area around the airport.

“We chose the airport because it’s an area we know is popular for walking and it’s more accessible for everyone,” said Mandy Arbuckle, assistant manger of Recreation, Culture and Airpark Services. “I think it’s a great opportunity to get together and raise funds for a good cause and a good organization. We’ve already had people signing up this year who are new to the community.”

The run/walk kicks off at 10 a.m., with registration at 9:30 a.m. Participants can complete the loop around the airport as many times as they want since the event runs until 2 p.m. There will also be a paid barbecue, music, and kids games on site.

Terry Fox was diagnosed with bone cancer in his right leg in 1977 and had his leg amputated 15 centimetres above the knee. While in hospital, Fox was so overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients that he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research.

Fox’s Marathon of Hope took place in 1980 with the simple objective of informing Canadians about the importance of finding a cure for cancer. He ran an average of 42 kilometres every day for 143 days, but was forced to end his run on Sept. 1, 1980 when cancer spread to his lungs. Fox passed away on June 28, 1981 at the age of 22.

This year marks the 34th annual Terry Fun Run. To date, the Terry Fox Foundation has raised more than $650 million worldwide for cancer research.

Pledge forms for the local run/walk can be picked up from the Hope recreation centre, Blue Moose Coffee House, and Owl Street Café. Donations can also be dropped off at the airport on Sept. 14.

For more information, contact the recreation centre at 604-869-2304.