Terry Fox Run goes virtual this year

The 40th anniversary edition Terry Fox Run will take place this year – with a twist.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first-ever virtual Terry Fox Run will be held in 650 communities across Canada – including Whitchurch-Stouffville.

In these uncertain times, the one certainty we have is that cancer is not waiting for COVID to be over.

This year, Canadians will unite in spirit, not in person, for their own version of the run on September 20. Millions of Terry Foxers will continue to honour Terry Fox, aided by new technology that will enhance the virtual participation experience by providing a way to “get fundraising, get inspired and get fit.”

The Stouffville Terry Fox Run, which was first held in 1982, surpassed the $2 million mark last year. More than 800 people gathered in Stouffville Memorial before heading out on 2 and 5k courses through south Stouffville. They raised $68,000 for cancer research.

“We can’t be gathering by the hundreds in park again this year,” said Stouffville run co-ordinator Stacey FitzPatrick. “But we can participate within our own family and social bubbles. And we can take part safely on our Stouffville streets, rural roads, backyards and home treadmills.”

Registration for individuals and teams opened nationally earlier this year and business has been brisk. You can register and order your 2020 Terry T-shirt by visiting https://terryfox.org/run/

Look for Stouffville cancer survivors, celebrities, politicians and athletes telling their stories and talking about Terry Fox and his run in videos on social media this summer.

Adding to the excitement of this special 40th anniversary year, adidas Canada has harkened back to their storied history with Terry Fox by announcing a limited edition nine-piece collection of Terry Fox merchandise, including the release of the original Orion running shoes. All net proceeds of the collection will go to The Terry Fox Foundation to support the best and brightest in Canadian cancer research.

You can register as an individual, family or a virtual team – then start your fundraising effort. Walk, ride or run wherever you are. Around your neighbourhood, backyard, down the street or around the block.

The main reasons to participate in this virtual fundraising activity is because cancer research cannot wait for COVID-19 to be over and because it’s the 40th anniversary of Terry’s Marathon of Hope.

 For more information and updates on the Stouffville Terry Fox Run, visit https://terryfox-stouffville.ca/

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