There were 60 participants in this year’s Vanderhoof Terry Fox Run on Sunday Sept 16 and they raised $1,740 towards cancer research.
Three distance options; 4 km, 3 km and 1 km all started and ended at Riverside Park.
The 3 km and 4 km routes followed the Stoney Creek trail, then out to Silversmith Rd, Columbia Street and Lampitt Ave. The 1 km route was one lap on the path around Riverside Park.
“It was a great day, even though it was wet and cold,” says event organiser Carrie Smith. This is the second consecutive year that she’s made the Terry Fox Run happen for our community and she’s already looking ahead to 2018.
After the run, participants enjoyed snacks donated by local businesses while visiting under the covered gazebo.
Before the runners set out, Smith started her opening speech with the following words:
“In 1981, the citizens of Canada chose to take up where their hero had to stop. They chose to believe there was something they could do. They chose to not let Terry’s dream be abandoned. By being here today, you are showing that you choose the very same. As you walk, run or bike the route today, I hope you can take a moment to reflect on your personal contribution to Terry’s legacy. By being here you show your compassion, your sense of community and your belief in the cures that are to come and that is what allows this remarkable legacy to flourish, to strengthen and to grow.”