The Almonte Terry Fox Run will set off from the Almonte Arena at 1:00 pm on Sunday, September 20th. This year is the 35th annual running of a event to celebrate the determination and vision of Terry Fox, a Canadian hero, athlete and cancer research activist. The Terry Fox story is well known, but definitely worth retelling. In the spring of 1980, Fox began his personal challenge to run across this country as an amputee, having already lost one leg to cancer. Sadly, his cancer caught up to him before he could finish, and he had to suspend his run 143 days and almost 5,400 kilometres later just outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Here in Almonte, the posters and signs are up, the pledge sheets are out and the course is ready for all who are keen to run, bike, walk or otherwise perambulate around either the 10 km or the 5 km course. We normally draw upwards of 100 runners, bikers and walkers out to the event, and we have the help of a dozen or more willing volunteers and the support of the recreation staff at the Town of Mississippi Mills. The run registration will be in the lobby of the Almonte Arena, and the run will start just outside the arena. Registration opens at 12:00 noon and the participants are started as a group at 1:00 pm. There are a couple of water stations on the 10 km route and there will be refreshments for all finishers after the run.
The Terry Fox Run here on the Sunday, September 20th will be the 33rd annual in Almonte. Our run was started in 1983, two years after the official Terry Fox Run was kicked off, but the run has been held here every year since. With last year’s run we surpassed a cumulative total of over $100,000 raised here in town. Pledge sheets are available at Baker Bob’s, the Almonte Library, and the Town Recreation Office in the Old Town Hall. Alternatively you can donate on line by clicking on the following link:
Come to the Almonte Arena on September 20th to join friends and neighbours in a community celebration, raise funds for cancer research, and get a bit of exercise at the same time. There is no set entry fee, and no minimum donation. Come and join us!
For more information about the run or if you are interested in volunteering, contact Brad Jones at 256-1390 (evenings) or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.