Orillia to mark 40th anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope stop in the city

Online celebration and physically-distant convoy at Terry Fox Circle expected

The City of Orillia will mark a significant anniversary on Monday as it recalls Terry Fox’s visit during his Marathon of Hope 40 years ago.

Fox made his stop at Orillia’s Rotary Aquatheatre in Couchching Beach Park during his original Marathon of Hope. A civic reception was held to welcome and honour Fox. The anniversary will be marked by locals posting content on its Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, including memories from the 1980 event attendees. A brief mid-afternoon convoy around Terry Fox Circle will be held to remind everyone to register online or donate funds for this year’s digital run.

Terry Fox Anniversary In Orillia
Terry Fox Anniversary In Orillia

“The global pandemic has unfortunately affected what we would be planning for Terry Fox Run day on September 20th,” says Orillia run organizer Alison Stoneman. “But it doesn’t stop cancer or our efforts to raise awareness and funds to support ongoing cancer research.” The committee has been planning other creative opportunities for people to participate in their neighbourhoods or online.

More than 553 participants and volunteers raised more than $42,200 for the Terry Fox Foundation for Cancer Research during the 2019 Orillia Terry Fox community run.