The Terry Fox Run is back in Antigonish this Sunday (Sept. 17).
The local run was revived in 2014 after a lack of volunteers created a one-year hiatus in the area for the national fundraiser held in memory of Fox and his 1980 Marathon of Hope.
Kathleen Gough, one of the organizers of this year’s run, said there has been a steady increase in participants and dollars raised since the event was revived in the area.
Her sister Maria was one of the organizers of the run when it returned to Antigonish and Gough said it was Maria who asked her to get involved.
The event will be based at Columbus Field and will begin with registration starting from 10 a.m. and going right up until the start of the run/walk at 11 a.m.
“Run down to the [Antigonish] Landing, to the gate, and then turn back; it’s approximately 5 km,” Gough said, noting it’s not a competitive event in any way.
“It’s a run or walk,” she said.
Reading off some of the information provided to organizers by the Terry Fox Foundation, Gough noted the runs have generated more than $750 million towards cancer research.
“It’s the leading national investor in cancer research and their focus has been on new ways to treat cancer; ‘a single mission to fund innovative cancer research,’” she said, the last line a direct quote from the information supplied.
There will be numerous runs around the region and to find the Terry Fox Run closest to your area, visit terryfox.org.