Terry Fox during his 1980/81 Marathon of Hope.  Black Press files

Terry Fox during his 1980/81 Marathon of Hope. Black Press files

Terry Fox Run scheduled for Fernie, Sparwood

Edie Holland has stepped on board as organizer for the 2017 Terry Fox Run in Sparwood, and Eveliene Eijsermans for the run in Fernie.

The annual event will start at the Sparwood Leisure Centre Water Spray Park on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. Registration will be held from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.

In Fernie, the run will start at the same time, and will start at the Fernie Aquatic Centre.

2017 marks the 37th year since the first Terry Fox Run, and the tradition continues to remain strong.

This run will be orchestrated by a team of dedicated volunteers. There is no entry fee and no minimum pledge. There is also no sponsorship associated with the run, which is non-competitive. The run also aims to be all-inclusive and family-oriented.

Eighty-four cents of every dollar donated will go towards cancer research. Since Fox first started his run on April 12, 1980, $26.5 million has been raised for cancer research, worldwide.

Refreshments for runners and volunteers will be provided before and after the run. These include muffins, doughnuts, coffee, juice, water, hot dogs, fruit and vegetables. Holland encourages organizations and individuals to help provide nourishment, if possible.

If an organization would rather make a financial contribution, the money will be forwarded to the Terry Fox Foundation and a tax receipt will be sent to the business. Pledge sheets are also available if individuals would like to raise funds.

“Thank you for any support you can give to this worthwhile cause,” said Holland.

For further information about the Sparwood run, contact Edie Holland at 250-425-6554 or Angela Gagne (silent auction coordinator) at 250-433-6343.

Eijsermans, is seeking volunteers for the Fernie run. Those interested in helping out can contact her at 250-423-8846.