NORTH DURHAM/KAWARTHAS: The annual Terry Fox Run is set to return to North Durham and the Kawartha Lakes this Sunday, Sept. 18.
As with every year, participants can choose to walk, run or bike in any edition of the fundraiser.
The Port Perry run will start at the fairgrounds. At 8 a.m. registration will begin. At 9 a.m. there will be a welcome, warmup and introduction of the Terry’s Team members. Participants can choose either a 1, 5 or 10 kilometre course.
Last year, between the school and community editions of the Marathon of Hope, the Port Perry area raised over $44,000 for cancer research.
Elizabeth McArthur has been the organizer for the Port Perry edition since it first came to the town in 1993. She said the fundraiser has always been successful in the area because of the many dedicated volunteers that have come out every year.
“People are committed to this event in Port Perry. We have people participating where this would be their 23rd year,” she said.
Ms. McArthur also said her fundraising goal has not changed from last year’s event, she is still hoping for $1 from every resident in Scugog Township.
The Port Perry Fairgrounds is located at 15835 Old Simcoe Rd.
The Uxbridge edition will meet at the Bandshell in Uxbridge’s Elgin Park. Registration will start at 8:15 a.m., and at 9 a.m. the run will leave the park.
People can choose either a 2,5 or 10 kilometre run.
Last year, the Uxbridge community run raised $14,000, and with the school contributions, the Uxbridge area raised a total of $23,000. Since it first started in the area in 1991, the Uxbridge run has raised over $442,000.
Organizer Maggie Ferraro said there are many reasons for people to take part in the annual fundraiser.
“It is a chance to raise funds and reflect, since many have lost loved ones to cancer, and to keep Terry’s dream alive,” she said.
In Lindsay, the Terry Fox run will start at the Lindsay Recreation Centre. Registration starts at 9 a.m., and the run begins at 10 a.m. People can choose either a 1, 5 or 10 kilometre course.
This will be Charlie McDonald’s 28th year organizing the event. Since he took over the fundraiser, the Lindsay Terry Fox run has raised over $425,000.
Mr. McDonald is dedicating this year’s edition to his brother Peter, who died last year, just before the run. Mr. McDonald also wanted to stress that this event is not a competition.
“It’s not a race, just come out and enjoy yourself and raise some funds,” he said.
The Lindsay Recreation Centre is located at 133 Adelaide St. South.
For more information on the annual Marathon of Hope and to find a run site in your area, go on-line to www.terryfox.org.