The annual Terry Fox Run happening Sunday may push the total amount of money raised over its 31 year history past three quarters of a million dollars.
And, Fox’s niece, Alexandra, will be in Orillia for the opening ceremonies along with interim executive director of the Terry Fox Foundation, Director Ara Sahakian. Alexandra will also be at Barrie’s Terry Fox Run, earlier Sunday morning.
Last year participants raised $39,000 beating the goal of $1 per Orillia resident. For each of the last ten years the run has passed the yardstick and should it happening in 2019, adding a similar amount to the $720,000 total raised over the years will break the milestone.
The event starts at in Terry Fox Circle in Couchiching Beach Park with registration at 11:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies are at 12:40 p.m. and participants will be off and running at 1.
It’s not just for runners, walkers, bike riders, skateboards, rollerbladers, and wheelchair users take part as well and there are 1, 5 and 10K routes. Dogs on leashes are also welcome.
One change for 2019 is participants and volunteers are encouraged to bring their own refillable water bottles because organizers are moving away from throwaway plastic bottles.
It’s not too late to register and join the participants (almost 500 last year) by visiting the website. Or people can pledge to sponsor a participant at the same link.
Updated: with information about A. Fox appearance.