Guelph Commemorates Marathon of Hope

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Written by Gonzalo Moreno

On September 17, Guelph joined hundreds of towns and cities across the country, and some others as far-flung as Seoul or Zagreb, in remembering Terry Fox. Every year, around mid-September, Terry Fox Run charity events are simultaneously organized in just about every populated centre in Canada, in an effort to raise money for cancer research.

The Guelph event was set in a closed circuit course on both sides of the Speed River between Gordon and Edinburgh in Silvercreek Park. A sizeable number of Guelphites showed up for the event; since all Terry Fox Runs are non-competitive, strollers, pets and bikes were all welcome and profusely used, as the people that were there for the event mingled with the usual Sunday crowds of joggers, parents with kids and people who were just out for a stroll.

The organizers had registered “about 150 runners” at around halfway through the event, and the same sources calculated the pledged amount at roughly $16,000 at that time. Both these figures suggest that the number of runners and the amount of money pledged would be well under last year’s figures. However, one has to remember that 2005 marked the 25th anniversary of Terry Fox’s proposed “Marathon of Hope” across Canada, and the publicity that Fox’s figure gained last year ensured record numbers for the runs.

All proceeds, after fundraising and administrations costs are deducted, are distributed by the Terry Fox Foundation towards various forms of cancer research. While the University of Guelph did not formally contribute to the event, UoG students did participate and pledge in the event. Area schools also contributed the bulk of the volunteers that staffed the run.

For more information about Terry Fox Runs and the Terry Fox Foundation, you can visit their website here

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