Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope reaches the 4,901 kilometre mark in Wawa, Ont. Photo: Terry Fox Foundation

Terry Fox run returns to Lakeside Park Sept. 15

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. at Lakeside Park, but prior online registration is available


This September marks the 39th anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Hundreds of thousands of people will remember this young Canadian’s audacious effort by uniting from coast to coast to coast for the annual Terry Fox Run on Sunday, Sept. 15.

Registration for the Nelson run starts at 8:30 a.m. at Lakeside Park, but online registration is available prior to run day. The run starts at 9:30 a.m. following a few words from local dignitaries, a cancer survivor, and the popular warm-up led by Kootenay Rhythm Dragonboat paddler Puleng Pratt.

The run route is well-marked and there are marshals to guide runners and walkers. The route can be one, two, four, five, or 10 km depending on your preference. Coffee, juice, water, and cookies are provided after the run.

Last year the Nelson run raised $18,000 — a record for the dragonboat paddlers group who have been organizing the run for five years.

The longevity of the run and the cancer research legacy inspired by Terry’s run is a remarkable reflection of Canada’s respect for a man who gave us an indelible example of what it means to persevere. With over 10,000 fundraising events taking place nationwide, it is clear that Canadians have every intention to see Terry’s dream through to fulfillment.

“I know it can be a busy time of year but there is no better feeling that to come together with family and friends, in your own community, for a great Canadian fall tradition that, quite simply, changes lives for the better,” says Terry Fox Foundation executive director Britt Andersen.

Since Terry ran his Marathon of Hope in 1980, Canadians have raised over $750 million for cancer research. This money is invested into projects with the greatest potential impact for patients. One such project is called Terry Fox PROFYLE, which focuses on hard-to-treat cancers for youth. This project and others like it, use the principles of precision medicine and big data in a collaborative Pan-Canadian approach in an effort to give kids with hard to treat cancers another chance.

On Sept. 15, join in a favourite Canadian fall tradition by taking part at your local Terry Fox Run. Your contribution will ensure that cancer research continues to make a difference. Sign up to register at terryfox.org.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Jumbo Valley to be protected, ending decades-long dispute over proposed ski resort

Development rights permanently retired for site of proposed year-round ski resort west of Invermere

Nelson Leafs lose to Dynamiters 4-3 in overtime

The game got off to a bizarre start early in the first period

On the job hunt with Nelson’s Make A Change Canada

The employment charity is organizing next week’s Kootenay Patricks, Montreal Canadiens game

FedEx distribution centre coming to Castlegar

Development permit for ground facility before council next week.

Heart, minds, and 100 years of the Nelson library

Past and future collide this year at the Nelson library, and it all kicks off this weekend

Canada to bolster screening of central China passengers for virus at 3 airports

Additional measures will include messaging on arrivals screens in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver

Calls for dialogue as Coastal GasLink pipeline polarizes some in northern B.C.

Coastal GasLink is building the 670-kilometre pipeline from British Columbia’s northeast to Kitimat on the coast

Closed mills, housing surge support a positive forecast for lumber industries

B.C. lumber producers have closed mills accounting for 18% of province’s capacity, RBC report says

Good Samaritan pays part of rent for B.C. woman facing eviction in can-collecting dispute

Zora Hlevnjak, 76, supplements her pension by collecting cans and receiving public donations

Kelowna’s ‘Baby Mary’ finds biological parents after more than 30 years

Geneologist and DNA test helped her connect with her biological parents

Kelowna hotel to award couples for baby-making with Nooner deal

The deal includes a free stay every Valentine’s Day for the next 18 years

‘Scariest boat ride of my life’: Passengers trapped by ice on rocky B.C. ferry sailing

The Nimpkish docked in Bella Coola on Jan.12 coated in a thick layer of ice

B.C. pair ordered to pay $55,000 for oil tank discovered four years after selling home

Judge says defendants breached contract, despite being unaware of tank until basement flooded

Canada to give $25,000 to families of each Canadian who died in Iran plane crash

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also made it clear that Canada still expects Iran to compensate victims

Most Read