About 850 people put on their running clothes and laced up their running shoes for the annual Terry Fox Run at Garry Point Park Sunday afternoon.
It went really well, said organizer John Young. The weather was incredible, it couldnt have been better.
Participants raised about $24,000, according to Young, which is about the same as previous years.
The volunteers deserve a lot of credit, he said, which include the Richmond Spirit Runners and McMath secondary senior leadership students. We had about 80 helping out on Sunday.
Feet, bikes, and strollers made their way around the park, divided into 1k, 5k, and 10k courses. Musical entertainment was provided, while Safeway and Save on Foods donated muffins and fruit.
After 10 years, the event also marked Youngs last time as organizer for the run. I really enjoyed it all these years, but its time to bring in some new energy.
Terry Fox was diagnosed with bone cancer in his right leg in 1977, which was then amputated above the knee. He decided to run across Canada to raise funds and awareness for cancer research, beginning his journey in St. Johns, Newfoundland in April 1980. The Terry Fox Foundation hosts the annual run in cities across Canada. For every dollar donated, 85 cents goes towards cancer research.