Registration for this Sunday’s Terry Fox Run is at 9 a.m. with the run starting at 9:30 a.m. at Lakeside Rotary Park. It goes until 11 a.m.

Terry Fox still draws a crowd in Nelson

It was also Nelson’s first event and today, the Marathon of Hope still inspires people

Mike Hurley participated in his first Terry Fox run 33 years ago. It was also Nelson’s first event and today, the Marathon of Hope still inspires people to make their own run for cancer.

“I think the biggest part is Terry’s connection to Canadians,” said Hurley when asked what continually draws people to the run. “While he did have a spark to him, he also had a real sense of humanity.”

While Fox became famous for his inspirational run, he never intended to be a star. He wanted his cross Canada run to bring attention to others suffering with cancer.

Hurley remembers being affected by Fox’s story that drew him into the first event held in Nelson. There were nearly 1,000 people who made that run from Lakeside Park to the Taghum Bridge.

“I clearly remember that day,” said the man who now helps organize the annual run.

Students followed Fox’s run that started in St. John’s, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980 with little attention. As he crossed the country enthusiasm grew and grew. When he cut his cross-country run short near Thunder Bay, the entire nation was shocked and saddened.

“I was in Grade 11 when Terry passed away and I can remember when my teacher came in to announce he’d passed away… It was shocking to me, and to all of us,” said Hurley. “Our whole class and probably most of L.V. Rogers was involved in that first run.”

As other worthy events came along over the years, participation dwindled somewhat and Hurley became concerned that the Terry Fox Run had run its course. Then last year, over 200 people participated with the Kootenay Rhythm Dragon boat team helping organize and Kristi Crowe promoting on social media helping to draw a crowd.

“I think there’s also a younger group of families that are starting to connect and understand about Terry,” said Hurley.

This year’s Terry Fox run is being held this Sunday starting at Lakeside Park’s flagpole. There is no entry fee and no minimum required donation. Participants can turn around at any point along the run and participate on foot, by wheelchair or on bikes.

“It’s a non-competitive event,” said Hurley. “Terry’s message always was, ‘you just give a dollar.’ You don’t have to go out and raise thousands and thousands of dollars, or even hundreds of dollars. If you come and give a dollar, you are part of the Marathon of Hope.”

Registration this Sunday is at 9 a.m. with the run starting at 9:30 a.m. It goes until 11 a.m.

 

“It’s an opportunity to remember cancer is still here. We haven’t beaten it yet and we still need to raise money because there is work to do,” he said.

 

 

Just Posted

Pedestrian killed on Highway 22 Saturday evening

Police say 51-year-old man died after being hit by car

Nelson Leafs overcome injuries to beat Fernie 3-1

Hunter Young made 26 saves in net for the Leafs

Nelson Boxing Club sweeps fights in Idaho

Caeden Rennie, Marino Raffo, Stryder Sutton and Max Berkeley each won

School District 8 swears in new board

Four new trustees join the Kootenay Lake board of education

LVR Bombers finish 12th at field hockey provincials

The Bombers salvaged the tournament with a late win in the quarter-finals

REPLAY: B.C’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the replay-worth highlights from this week across the province

B.C. asking for tips on ‘dirty money’ in horse racing, real estate, luxury cars

Action follows a Peter German report on money laundering in B.C. casinos

Canadian dead more than a week after plane crash in Guyana: Global Affairs

Global Affairs said it couldn’t provide further details on the identity of the Canadian citizen

Children between 6 and 9 eligible for $1,200 RESP grant from province

BC Ministry of Education is reminding residents to apply before the deadline

Victoria spent $30,000 to remove John A. Macdonald statue

Contentious decision sparked controversy, apology from mayor

Privacy concerns over credit card use for legal online pot purchases

Worries follow privacy breaches at some Canadian cannabis retailers

NEB approves operating pressure increase to repaired Enbridge pipeline

The pipeline burst outside of Prince George on Oct. 9, now operating at 85 per cent

B.C. VIEWS: Setting speed limits in a post-fact political environment

Media prefer ‘speed kills’ narrative, even when it fails to appear

Controversy erupts over Japanese flag in B.C. classroom (updated)

Online petition demanding removal has collected more than 5,700 signatures

Most Read