Grande Prairie will once again be honouring Terry Fox’s legacy. A run is slated for September 18th in Muskoseepi Park.
The Terry Fox Run is a tradition in many Canadian cities as a fundraiser for cancer research. A large-scale one hasn’t happened in person in Grande Prairie since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s route will start and end at the Muskoseepi Park Pavilion. Registration is at 10 a.m. with the run starting at 11 a.m.. Participants are also welcome to walk, bike, or rollerblade as well.
As of Thursday evening, $6,895 has been raised towards the $8,500 goal. Donations can be made online.
This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the Marathon of Hope, which saw Terry Fox jog roughly 42 kilometres a day for 143 days in 1980 before his leg cancer spread to his lungs. By February 1, 1981, his dream of raising $1 for every Canadian was realized as the fund totaled $24.17 million. Fox died in June 1981.
Students across the Grande Prairie region will also be taking part in Terry Fox Run events through their schools.