Students from Fernie Secondary School and Isabella Dicken Elementary School ran in honour of Terry Fox on Sept. 18.

35th Terry Fox Run festivities in Elk Valley

Communities around the Elk Valley celebrated and remembered Terry Fox during the recent annual Terry Fox Run.

Roughly 70 participants and volunteers mustered at the Sparwood Leisure Centre for the 35th annual Terry Fox Run.

Organizer Edie Holland said that she was happy to partake in the event.

“It was a privilege. I got to contribute to Terry Fox’s continuing legacy of raising funds for cancer research,” she said.

This year, the event raised $2200, with all funds going directly to the Terry Fox Foundation. The Terry Fox Runs operate on a shoestring budget to ensure that as much money as possible goes towards cancer research and not overhead costs.

Holland said that there was no money or funds for an operating budget for the event, and credited many local businesses with supporting the event “I appreciated the support of an incredible group of participants and volunteers that made the Walk/Run a success,” she said.

The event finished around 1 p.m., and participants were treated to snacks and draw prizes. The Elk Valley Hospice set up a photo booth to commemorate the event.

Holland is already looking forward to next year’s event and hopes that the Terry Fox Run will become an annual tradition within the community.

On Sept. 18, students from Fernie Secondary School and Isabella Dicken Elementary School hosted a run in honour of Terry Fox, which started with a pancake breakfast, prepared by teachers and parents.

The celebrations were credited to be a success in both Fernie and Sparwood.