Newly inducted member of Canada’s Walk of Fame Terry Fox ran his way into the hearts of Canadians in the spring of 1980. Thirty-three years later, his Marathon of Hope has raised over $600 million for cancer research. The funds have supported close to $27 million in discovery-based research projects every year, including those at McMaster University Medical Centre and the Juravinski Cancer Centre.
This year’s Dundas run takes place Sept. 15, starting and ending in the Driving Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by the Kids 1km Fun Run at 9 a.m. Children will be given a loot bag to fill with (nut-free) treats at stations on their way around the loop.
There will be plenty of fun activities for the kids, including face-painting, a 60-foot blow-up obstacle course, a hockey shoot-out and more. Runners also receive free post-run snacks and massages.
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., participants can run or walk a five-kilometre route, with a partial road closure to ensure safety. Riders are welcome to cycles a five-kilometre bike loop of the park.
There is no registration fee and no minimum pledge requirements. The goal, as Terry’s was in 1980, is to raise the equivalent of $1 for every resident in Dundas, or close to $25,000.
For the past two years, organizers have challenged Dundas’ network of organized children’s athletics to register their sports team as a Team for Terry, allowing them to fundraise together and show their team spirit on the day of the run. Many teams have answered the challenge and organizers hope even more will participate this year.
To register online, go to www.terryfoxrun.org/run and search for the Dundas run. For more information on the run, contact Cathy Maga, 905-628-9314, or Erin Willson, 905-517-4997, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.