BOW VALLEY – Lace up your shoes and get ready to run in person to raise funds for cancer research.
On Sunday, Sept. 19, in both Banff and Canmore, the celebrated Terry Fox Run will return to in-person events, after going virtual last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both venues in the Bow Valley will support virtual runs for those who chose to do so.
“This year across Canada there will be a mixture of virtual and in-person runs. Here in Canmore we are lucky to be able to host an in-person run,” said Jack Gray, Canmore's Terry Fox Run organizer.
“It’s an important community event, and it’s important that we are able to get together to participate in the run and help raise funds for cancer research.”
In Canmore, the run will be held at Elevation Place and in Banff at the Little Bow Shelter at the Banff Recreation Grounds.
In past years at the Canmore run, there were activities for children and participants were encouraged to hang around and socialize before and after the run.
“Even though we are having an in-person run this year, we want to keep it low-key," Gray said. "We will still do a warm up together before, but then if runners want to go off at different times between 10 and 11 a.m. they can. We want participants to be able to run the course again because it is so scenic.”
Registration for the run is open now and Gray is encouraging participants who are planning to run in-person to register online.
“Participants will still be able to register in-person on the [Sept.] 19th, but we are asking folks to register before the run just to help reduce contact on the day of the run.”
Banff's run organizer, Amanda Arbuckle, agreed with Gray's push for runners to pre-register.
"We ask that runners and walkers wear masks and maintain physical distancing while registering at the race site. Due to COVID-19, participants can also register and donate online and can then complete the run or walk in their neighbourhood at any time on September 19th," said Arbuckle in an email.
On April 12, 1980, Terry Fox set out from St. John’s, N.L. to run across the country with the hopes of raising $1 from every Canadian for cancer research. On Sept. 1, 1980, after running 5,373 kilometres, he stopped running near Thunder Bay, Ont., after the cancer that claimed his leg spread to his lungs.
On Feb. 1, 1981, with Canada’s population at 24.1 million, Fox’s goal is reached as the Marathon of Hope fund totals $24.17 million. A few months later on June 28, 1981, Fox died in hospital in New Westminster, B.C.
To date, The Terry Fox Foundation has raised more than $850 million to support cancer research.
Visit terryfox.ca/terryfoxrun/canmore or terryfox.ca/terryfoxrun/banff to register for this year's run.