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Terry Fox Run marks 30th year with event Sunday

The Elmira Terry Fox run will be keeping up the momentum again this year, celebrating its third decade raising money to support cancer research.

“This is the legacy year for us because it’s our 30th year of having the Terry Fox Run in Elmira, which is awesome; we’re looking forward to having more people coming out,” said local organizer Kathy Bowman.

The course runs through the core of Elmira, kicking off at Program Insurance Brokers. Participants have the option to run, walk or bike  2.5, 5, or 10 kilometres.

A free barbecue, raffle and water stations will be available. The route is stroller, rollerblade, wheelchair accessible and pet friendly.

This lighthearted event goes deeper than a fun, active day with friends or family, as all of the funds go towards cancer research, a very personal cause for Bowman.

“It’s important to me because not one of my family members hasn’t been affected by cancer – on both sides of our family,” said Bowman. “Everybody I talk to, cancer has affected them in some way, shape or form. We can do more. If every dollar we earned goes to research, I feel like we’re accomplishing something.”

The Elmira event had been successful each year in looking to make a difference – participants have collectively raised $300,000 over the past 30 years, she noted.

The grand total for the local group, including the proceeds from school runs, was $24,025.21 last year. The event brings out runners and cyclists from all across the area, including St. Jacobs, St. Clements, Heidelberg and Wallenstein, said Bowman, noting she has seen firsthand how the funds raised make a difference.

“We’ve come so far with treatments for cancers that we couldn’t cure 30, 40 years ago,” said Bowman. “We’ve come up with life-altering treatments – people live a lot longer and have a better quality of life.”

The event commemorates Terry Fox, who, having lost his leg to cancer, set out to raise awareness for cancer research with his Marathon of Hope run.

“People know who he is,” said Bowman. “My husband will put on his Terry Fox shirt – he’s probably got 30 years’ worth – and people will say ‘Oh I know who that was! Are you Canadian?’ It’s pretty cool.”

Terry Fox Runs are held in more than 9,000 communities. Since its inception in the 1980s, the effort has raised in excess of $750 million for cancer research.

The run will take place Sunday at 49 Industrial Dr. Registration begins at 12 p.m., and the opening start goes from 1-4 p.m. Parking is available and the location is Grand River Transit accessible. To register, visit your local location online.

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