Despite the rain, the Agassiz-Harrison Terry Fox Run saw what organizer Chris Wilson called a “record breaking year” on Saturday, Sept. 15.
“We are very happy with the increase, as early on we worried that the rain would set us back,” Wilson said in an email. “I believe everyone envisioned Terry running so many days in the rain and used that to persevere through the deluge!”
Notably, Wilson said, the participation ribbons were given out and stuck to runners’ clothing without pins — their clothes and the ribbons were so wet they just stuck together.
This year saw both an increase in those running in the event and donations. In 2018, there were 41 runners and 32 volunteers, while 2019 saw 46 runners and 19 volunteers who raised $3,840.25.
Part of that donation increase came from the Agassiz Fire Department, Wilson said, as they increased their annual contribution from $1,000 to $1,500.
The residents at Park Place Seniors Living also helped raise funds for the Terry Fox Run. The run starts each year at Park Place, and many residents there helped with the overall donations.
“Their generosity most certainly helped to set the record total raised,” Wilson said. “The run is lucky to have this wonderful relationship with (Park Place).”