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Terry Fox Run returns to North Durham, Kawartha Lakes communities

NORTH DURHAM/KAWARTHA: Canadians in communities from coast to coast will gather on Sunday, Sept. 15th to celebrate the enduring legacy of Terry Fox by taking part in the Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research. Events are scheduled to be held in Lindsay, Bobcaygeon, Port Perry, Uxbridge, and Sunderland. In Lindsay, registration opens at 9 a.m. at the Lindsay Recreation Centre on Adelaide St., departing at 10 a.m. There are routes of 1 km, 5 km, and 10 km, which are bicycle, stroller, rollerblade, and wheelchair accessible. The Run is dog-friendly, but dogs must be on-leash. There will be a free BBQ, free pizza, hot dogs, drinks, and water stations. The Bobcaygeon Terry Fox Run takes place starting at Noon at the Retirement Suites of Kawartha Lakes, at 60 West St. North. Bicycle, Stroller, Rollerblade, and Wheelchair accessible, and dog-friendly routes of 1 km, 2 km, and 5 km are available. A BBQ and entertainment will follow, with participants urged to bring Toonies for a draw and a silent auction. The Port Perry fundraising walk will begin at the Port Perry Fairgrounds. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the run will begin around 9 a.m. Participants can choose routes of either 1 km, 5 km or 10 km. Since 1994, between the school runs and the community run, Port Perry has raised $1,187,548 for cancer research. “[People’s generosity] amazes me every year,” said organizer Elizabeth McArthur. She believes the community will reach or exceed the $1.2 million all-time fundraising threshold this year. “For a lot of years now, we’ve had over 400 people [take part per year],” Ms. McArthur explained, adding she hopes to continue to see the participation numbers grow. Ms. McArthur talked about why the event is so important. “It’s a day that we remember the people who died from cancer and to support people on their cancer journey,” she said. “It’s really a day to say ‘I’m here to support you, I’m here to fundraise. I believe that we can make a difference.’” In Uxbridge, registration opens at 8:15 a.m. at the Elgin Park Bandshell (near the Main St. entrance). The Run will get underway at 9 a.m. There are routes available of 2.5 km, 5 km, and 10 km. The route is mountain bike accessible for 10 km, and bicycle, stroller, rollerblade, and wheelchair accessible for 2.5 km and 5 km. Water, oranges, and snacks will be provided. “All donations go to cancer research. [The run keeps] Terry’s dream alive. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s a family event,” Uxbridge run organizer Maggie Ferraro told The Standard. The run also returns to Sunderland for the first time in more than a decade, with registration opening at Sunderland Memorial Arena at 8:15 a.m. Opening ceremonies and a pre-run warm-up will take place at 9 a.m., and the Run will get underway at 9:15 a.m. There are wheelchair accessible routes of 1 km, 2 km and 5 km available. Participants can opt to run, walk, cycle, or rollerblade. Dogs must be on-leash.

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