Marathon of Hope: 4,901 kilometre mark in Wawa, Ont. (Terry Fox Foundation photo)

Terry Fox run returns to Agassiz

The 39th annual run will be taking place on Sunday, Sept. 15

Agassiz and Harrison’s Terry Fox Run is set to return to the community on Sunday, Sept. 15.

“Part of what makes it enjoyable to me is seeing how many people come together over a common cause,” said Ross McInroy.

This is McInroy’s fourth year organizing the run, alongside Chris Wilson, although the run has been going on a lot longer than four years.

The run has been held in the District of Kent since 1985, making this year’s run the 39th annual fundraiser for the Terry Fox Foundation. Over the years, the run has raised thousands for cancer research, including more than $3,000 from only 55 participants in 2017.

RELATED: Agassiz Terry Fox Run raises over $3,000

Last year, McInroy said, around 100 people came out to support the event. Seeing so many people come out to support cancer research is one of the reason’s why McInroy keeps on returning to organize the event .

“I actually lost my grandmother to multiple myeloma, which is a pretty nasty cancer,” McInroy said. “It’s something that’s pretty close to most of my heart, so it’s definitely a driving force behind wanting to host the run and participate.”

“Obviously there’s lot of people in every community, where one way or another they’ve been affected by cancer,” he added. “We have stickers people can put on their shirts saying ‘I’m running for’ this person. So for whoever they lost, or even if they’re running for themselves, if they’re battling cancer.

“It’s just nice to see a community coming together as a whole to support something that’s a really good cause.”

This year’s run, like previous years, will start at Cheam Village (1525 MacKay Cres.) and go for a five kilometre tour through town. The run is both pet-friendly and for all ages. In some years, the Legion has held a BBQ after the run, although McInroy isn’t sure if that will be taking place this year.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, and the run begins at 10 a.m. Speeches and some opening thanks will take place before the run begins, as well as a warm up routine.

Pledges can be made online through Terry Fox Run website before the run, or in person on the day of the event.

“Even if they don’t make a pledge, coming out and doing the run, just showing that they’re supporting the Terry Fox Foundation and Terry’s dream … raising that awareness,” McInroy said. “It’s just great to see that.”

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