Run in memory of Fox’s legacy

It will be a celebration of Terry Fox’s life and legacy when an annual walk and run takes place in September.

It will be a celebration of Terry Fox’s life and legacy  when an annual walk and run takes place in September.

The Terry Fox Run will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Summerland Aquatic Centre.

Registration is at 10 a.m. and the event begins at 11 a.m.

In April, 1980, Fox, a cancer survivor, began his Marathon of Hope, a run across Canada, starting in St. John’s Nfld. In September, the cancer returned and he was forced to end his run near Thunder Bay, Ont. Runs in Fox’s honour have been held across Canada since 1981.

Keith Johnson, organizer of the Terry Fox Run in Summerland, said the run is important to celebrate Fox’s legacy and vision.

“There’s huge admiration for what he did,” Johnson said.

In addition to the run, the movie Terry will be shown in Memorial Park on Friday, Sept. 7. Before the movie is shown, Johnson will show a series of video clips from Fox’s Marathon of Hope. T-shirts for the event will also be on sale at the film showing.

The run on Sept. 16 will have a one-kilometre walk in the downtown area, a five-kilometre loop which follows the course for the Giant’s Head Run and a three-kilometre course. The three-kilometre course is new for this year.

Johnson said the event is not a competition. “The key to the Terry Fox Run is participation,” he said. “There is no timing involved.”

There is no registration fee, although  participants may collect pledges and sponsorship. Forms are available at the Summerland Aquatic Centre, the Summerland Credit Union and other businesses.

Information on the Summerland run is available through a page on Facebook.com. In addition, information is available online at terryfox.org, with a link to the Summerland run.