The legacy of Terry Fox continues in Langley City this fall.
The 37th annual Terry Fox Run will be held on Sunday, Sept. 17 at Douglas Park. This is one of more than 9,000 runs held across the country each year to raise money for cancer research and to honour Fox’s Marathon of Hope.
Last year’s Langley City run saw 235 participants raise $11,200, and organizers are hoping to grow the event even more.
The organizing committee has spent the summer months visiting local businesses to encourage people to sign up in teams.
“Participation is fun but completing the walk/run as a team makes it that much more enjoyable,” the committee said in a press release. “Some teams are made up of families, co-workers and friends and some are teams running in support of someone battling cancer and others in memory of a friend or loved one lost to the disease.”
Participants are encouraged to walk, run or ride through the 1 km, 5 km or 10 km routes that wind through Langley City’s parks and trails. Cancer survivors can sign up under “Terry’s Team” to receive a complimentary red shirt so others can recognize and celebrate their survivorship.
Advanced registration is available online at www.terryfox.org, or on the morning of the run at 9 a.m. The run begins at 10 a.m.
Volunteers are also needed to help run the event. Those who are interested can email Marg McGuire-Grout at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
LANGLEY TOWNSHIP RUNS
There are two other runs being held in Langley as well in Walnut Grove and Aldergrove.
The 5 km Walnut Grove run begins at 9 a.m. at Walnut Grove Community Park and is suitable for runners, walkers and cyclists only. Registration is at 8:30 a.m.
The Aldergrove run offers both 5 km and 10 km routes, and is suitable for runners, walkers, cyclists, wheelchairs and strollers. The run leaves from the Aldergrove Kinsman Community Centre at 9 a.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m.
All funds raised at each event go to the Terry Fox Foundation. For every dollar donated, 82 cents goes directly to cancer research. More than $715 million has been raised to date.
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