Terry Fox was forced to stop on Sept. 1, 1980, after having run 5,373 kilometres. He ran an average of 42 km a day for 143 days during the Marathon of Hope. Photo: terryfox.org

Terry Fox was forced to stop on Sept. 1, 1980, after having run 5,373 kilometres. He ran an average of 42 km a day for 143 days during the Marathon of Hope. Photo: terryfox.org

Terry Fox Run returns to Nelson on Sept. 18

The in-person event begins in Lakeside Park

Submitted by The Terry Fox Foundation

When Terry Fox told his mom and dad that he was planning a cross-country run, beginning at St. John’s, N.L., his mom Betty asked why it couldn’t just be across B.C.

Fox’s answer: “Because it’s not just people in B.C. who get cancer.”

He knew that the only way he could reach his enormous fundraising goal of $1 million was to take on our huge country, one Canadian at a time. One ask at a time. One try at a time. Fox died knowing his try had touched the hearts of 24 million Canadians. To date, his amazing strength, commitment, and legacy have raised over $800 million for cancer treatment and research.

Fox said, as he dipped his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean, on April 12, 1980, “It all begins today!”

On Sunday Sept. 18, it all begins again in Nelson as the community comes together once more in-person at Lakeside Park to support Fox’s legacy for cancer research.

The route will be marked at 0.5-kilometre distance intervals, so that, rain or shine, everyone, be they old or young, be they walking, running, biking, or roller-blading, can participate. Registration can be done online or at the park, but everyone must check in at the registration table.

To register online, go to https://run.terryfox.ca/nelson.

Registration and check-in at the park begins at 8:30 a.m., near the gate, with speeches at 9:20 a.m., and the run starting at 9:30 a.m.