WELLINGTON COUNTY — The annual Terry Fox Run will be taking place on Sept. 17 in several municipalities in Wellington County to help raise money for cancer research.
The Terry Fox Run has become a fall tradition in Canada, with over 650 communities participating each year.
The Erin Terry Fox Run has been hosted by the Erin Optimist Club since it first started. This year marks its 40th run.
Located at Centre 2000 (Dundas and Main Streets) in Erin, Terry Fox Run registration will begin at 8:30am on Sept. 17.
The run will commence at 9am and end at 12:30pm. Distances are marked with routes being accessible for bicycles and well as walkers and runners.
“I think the Terry Fox Run is sort of special for a number of reasons, obviously his story and the fact that it’s being carried on, and children are learning about it,” said organizer Duncan Bull.
“Many people have participated maybe when they were younger, and now they may be older and have children of their own that may be participating.
“I think it holds a special place and I hope it always does.”
Those interested in join- ing the Erin community for the Terry Fox Run on Sunday can visit run.terryfox.ca/28767. Any questions can also be submitted on their Terry Fox Run page, or can be directed to Bull at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Terry Fox Run in Fergus will be holding registration at 9am at Forfar Park.
The mass start will happen at 10am with the site closing at noon. Distances are marked and accessible by bicycle and wheelchairs, as well as walker and runners.
Individuals or groups interested in signing up can visit run.terryfox.ca/28773.
The annual Drayton Terry Fox run is set for Sept. 17. Registration starts at 12:30pm and the run begins at 1:30pm.
As in past years, there will be three different routes with participants offered a choice between 2km, 5km and 10km, with the option to run, walk or bike. There will be live music, a barbecue, ice cream/freezies, face painting and more.
“Looking forward to getting together as a community to raise money for a great cause,” stated organizing committee member Melissa Gleeson.
The Terry Fox Run here on Sept. 17 will once again be a “Do it your own way” event.
“You can walk, run or ride anyway you want, as far as you want,” said local organizer Bill Dineen.
Organizers will be set up outside No Frills grocery store in Mount Forest with stickers, pledge sheets and Terry Fox T-shirts for sale on run day and will also take donations at that location.
Tax receipts will be issued for any donation over $10.
The local committee will also be at No Frills on Sept. 16 from 8am until noon. All proceeds from the event will go to cancer research.
“Hope to see you over that weekend,” organizers state.
The 2023 Terry Fox Run/Walk/Bike in Palmerston will also be held on Sept. 17.
Anyone interested in participating either individually or with a team is encouraged to sign up at run.terryfox.ca/28678 or visit the Palmerston Terry Fox Facebook page for event information and registration link.
“Additionally, we are in need of some local sponsorships to help fulfill all of the event needs and requirements,” noted local Terry Fox committee members Mackenzie Norman and Delaney Norman.
“If you are a local business or know of a local business that would be interested and willing to support this wonderful event, please reach out to us.”
All pre-registered participants will enjoy a free lunch sponsored by various local businesses after route completion.
Visit the Palmerston Terry Fox Facebook page for event information and the registration link.
All event details are subject to change.