The annual Terry Fox Run is going virtual throughout the Peace region this year to mark its 40th anniversary.
Fox has long been celebrated across Canada for raising awareness and dollars for cancer research, and this year's virtual run will be held Sept. 20 in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Taylor, Hudson's Hope, Chetwynd, and Tumbler Ridge.
Jason Naisby, who organized the event in Hudson's Hope, says individuals and families can decide on how they want to participate.
“It’s all virtual, so people can come up with their own ideas on the day,” said Naisby. “Maybe it’s a family hike, or a bike ride, go for a run, kayaking, whatever they want to do.”
Naisby says he’s been pleasantly surprised with the support this year, with 20 people signing up so far. Typically, 50 to 100 people come out every year on race day.
A fundraising goal of $1,000 was set for Hudson’s Hope and has already been passed, with $1,150 donated. A new goal of $1,500 has been set.
“I kind of thought with COVID happening, the donations might be less this year, but so far it’s been pretty good,” said Naisby.
To date, more than $1.6 million has been raised across Canada for this year's run.
For more details or to join a run, visit terryfox.org/find-a-run-site.
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