Terry Fox Run celebrates 40 years

A photo of Terry Fox during his Marathon of Hope courtesy of TerryFox.org.

Like most events in 2020, the Terry Fox Run is going online.

Participants won’t be able to gather in person, so they’re being asked to fundraise, then do their own run or walk on Sunday, September 20.

Local organizers are disappointed because it’s a big year for the Terry Fox Run.

“It is the 40th Anniversary. Terry stopped his Marathon of Hope on September 1st, 1980,” said Pat McMahon, organizer of the Chatham run. “It is a big year for everyone, and even though Terry wasn’t able to run anymore, one of his key messages was for people to just go ahead and try to do their own thing.”

McMahon said all of the money raised goes to the Terry Fox Foundation, which supports cancer research.

“A lot of the advancements that we see these days, a lot of the life extensions and even cures of some cancers, are as a result of the research. That’s a vital need that we keep the research going and finally put cancer to an end.”

The Thamesville Corn Maze is also showing it’s support for the Terry Fox Run.

Cindy Brewer organizes the Dresden run and said they approached the maze owners a few years ago because this year it’s also the 20th anniversary of the Dresden event.

“They finally got back to us when it was time for them to make a decision, and they were gung ho, they were ready to support the anniversary. They have the corn maze with the 40th logo, and we’re really excited.”

The Terry Fox Run flag will be raised at the Civic Centre in Chatham on Monday, September 14 at noon.

You can register online at TerryFox.org. Virtual runs will take place in Chatham, Dresden, Wallaceburg, Tilbury, Blenheim, and Ridgetown.