NORTH DURHAM: Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the original Marathon of Hope, the annual Terry Fox Run fundraiser is set to return to North Durham, next Sunday, Sept. 20.
Participants can choose to walk, run, or bike in either editions of the Marathon of Hope, in Port Perry and Uxbridge.
The Port Perry run will begin at the fairgrounds, with registration beginning at 8 a.m., with the run leaving the grounds at 9 a.m. Participants can choose either a 1, 5 or 10 kilometre run. There will be water and treats available for dogs during the run, as well.
The Port Perry edition has raised over $1 million since it started in the area 22 years ago. Elizabeth McArthur has been organizing the event since it first came to Scugog in 1993, and told The Standard that her fundraising goals haven’t changed that much during that time.
“When Terry started his marathon of hope, he was looking for every Canadian to give $1,” she said. “I still apply that to our community, and if we can get $1 for every person in Scugog township, I think we could call that successful.”
The Uxbridge edition will meet at the Bandshell in Uxbridge’s Elgin Park. Registration for that run will begin at 8:15 a.m., with the run leaving at 9 a.m. People participating in that run can choose either a 2, 5 or 10 kilometre course. The 10 km is mountain bike accessible. The 2 and 5 km courses are rollerblade and wheelchair accessible.
Uxbridge organizer Maggie Ferraro told The Standard that she is hopeful that there will be a good turnout at the fundraiser.
“It’s the 35th anniversary, so hopefully we can get a lot of people down here," she said. “Ten years ago, when we had the 25th anniversary, there was a lot of people, so we are hopeful.”
She also added that her goal for this year’s run is to raise close to $20,000.
For people not able to participate, but interested in making an on-line donation, they can do so at www.terryfox.org.