The 39th annual Terry Fox Run takes off from Barrie’s Centennial Park on Sunday. The 5km run and walk raises money for the Terry Fox Foundation for Cancer Research.
Chairman Michael F. McDougall says regardless of your physical fitness, they just want to see people out there. ” We don’t care if you can’t walk or run, I’m just so happy to see you there. If you need your walker or wheelchair, please show up!”
McDougall says it’s an enlightening and upbeat event. When you’re there, you’re looking at people who have lost a lot, but you’re also seeing smiles on their faces. So many people are there to support cancer survivors, cancer fighters and are there in memory for those who have passed.
A highlight to this year’s event is the long-awaited goal completed by Barrie’s Will Dwyer. The 94-year-old Barrie Man reached his goal of raising $1-million for the foundation and has already started raising a second million.
McDougall says Will won’t stop until he’s forced to stop, just like Terry Fox. “The message is very simple, it’s about helping others and we are lucky to have Will walking around Barrie.”
The event is at Barrie’s Centennial Park on Sunday September 15. Registration starts at 8am. Organizers ask that you leave the plastic water bottles at home and bring a reusable bottle as there will be lots of refill stations in the area.
Entertainment is scheduled throughout the event as well with live bands and the Collingwood Circus Club.