Running for Awareness
Sep 12, 2013
Since 1980, Canadians have been taking to parks and walkways on September 15th to honor Terry Fox by raising awareness and funds for cancer research. This Sunday, Peace Country residents will gather at Crystal Lake for the annual event.
Held previously at Muskoseepi Park, the new run location in Crystal Lake has a considerably smaller track making the run more accommodating for everyone, including small children and seniors. Measuring out to around 4km, walkers/runners will do the loop of the lake two and half times to complete the full 10km.
Organized by the Swan City Rotary Club, the group is anticipating a large number of registrants’ as runners can sign-up online or in multiple locations around Grande Prairie.
Going strong for 33 years, this event honors the journey of cancer patient Terry Fox and the dedication he had for raising funds and awareness for cancer research by starting the ‘Marathon of Hope’.
Terry ran close to 42 kilometers a day through Canada's Atlantic Provinces, Quebec and Ontario. However, on September 1st 1979, after 143 days and 5,373 kilometers, Terry was forced to stop running outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario because cancer had appeared in his lungs.
An entire nation was stunned and saddened. Terry passed away on June 28, 1981 at the age 22.
The heroic Canadian was gone, but his legacy was just beginning.
To date the people of Grande Prairie have raised over $282,000 for the notable organization.