The 40th anniversary edition Terry Fox Run will take place this year – with a twist.
Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first-ever virtual Terry Fox Run will be held in 650 communities across Canada – including Whitchurch-Stouffville.
In these uncertain times, the one certainty we have is that cancer is not waiting for COVID to be over.
This year, Canadians will unite in spirit, not in person, for their own version of the Run on Sept. 20, 2020. “Terry Fox Run 2020. One Day. Your Way.” Millions of Terry Foxers will continue to honour Terry, aided by new technology that will enhance the virtual participation experience by providing a way to “get fundraising, get inspired and get fit.”
The Stouffville Terry Fox Run, which was first held in 1982, surpassed the $2 million mark last year. More than 800 people gathered in Stouffville Memorial before heading out on 2 and 5k courses through south Stouffville. They raised $68,000 for cancer research.
“We can’t be gathering by the hundreds in park again this year,” said Stouffville run co-ordinator Stacey FitzPatrick. “But we can participate within our own family and social bubbles. And we can take part safely on our Stouffville streets, rural roads, backyards and home treadmills.”
Registration for individuals and teams opened nationally May 20 and business has been brisk. You can register and order your 2020 Terry T-shirt by visiting https://terryfox.org/run/
Look for Stouffville cancer survivors, celebrities, politicians and athletes telling their stories and talking about Terry Fox and his run in videos on social media this summer.
Adding to the excitement of this special 40th anniversary year, adidas Canada has harkened back to their storied history with Terry by announcing a limited edition nine-piece collection of Terry Fox merchandise, including the release of the original Orion running shoes. All net proceeds of the collection will go to The Terry Fox Foundation to support the best and brightest in Canadian cancer research.
“Terry once said, “Anything is possible if you try,” said the Terry Fox Foundation’s Interim Executive Director, Ara Sahakian. “In 2020, a year where we are all learning to live life differently, there is only one way forward for The Terry Fox Foundation: Terry’s way. We have to try.”
When: Sunday, September 20
What: A virtual Terry Fox Run: One Day. Your Way. We will unite in spirit, not in person!
Where: Wherever you are! Around your neighbourhood, backyard, down the street or around the block. Walk, Ride, Run!
How: Register as an individual, family or a virtual team – start your fundraising effort!
Why: Because cancer research cannot wait for COVID-19 to be over. Because Terry asked us to try.
Because it’s the 40th anniversary of Terry’s Marathon of Hope!
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