The Terry Fox Run. An Exercise in Hope

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20150920_095629The annual Sault Ste. Marie & area Terry Fox Run took place on Sunday, September 20th. An absolutely spectacular late summer morning greeted runners, walkers, mobility wheelers, strollers, and bicyclists to the Roberta Bondar Pavilion along The Sault’s waterfront. An exceptional turnout gathered early for opening ceremonies, and a peppy group exercise warm-up courtesy of Good Life Fitness instructors. The crowd of participants were put through their paces and then started out along a designated route which included a 2km, 5 km, or 10 km run, walk, roll or stroll along the St. Mary’s River waterfront, and portions of the Hub Trail.

A large crowd started the day off with a quick warm up! take a look!

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Team ‘Taten’s Warriors’, made of Algoma District School Boards’ Grandview school students, teachers, principal Steve Bodnar, and friends and family of Taten Hammerberg, was one of the largest participating with at least 50 people. Taten, diagnosed with osteosarcoma cancer in 2013, led the charge for Team Taten’s Warriors, riding his bike along the route. Way to go Taten. The gold star for most inspiring young person goes to you!
Over 40 items were up for bid at The Silent Auction, all donated by individuals and businesses to support the event.

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As you travel Highway 11-17 along the north shore of Lake Superior, just east of the City of Thunder Bay in the municipality of Shuniah, you will pass a highway sign for milepost 3,339. This is the place on the Trans-Canada Highway where Terry Fox would have to stop running his Marathon of Hope. In September of 1980, After 143 days and 5,373 kilometres, Terry was forced to stop his run when the cancer that claimed his leg spread through his lungs. Terry ran the equivalent distance of a marathon each day on his journey, at 26 miles or 43 kilometres.

TerryFox(5)In July, 1981, 83 kilometres of the Trans Canada highway between Thunder Bay and Nipigon was designated as ‘The Terry Fox Courage Highway’.
To date, over $650 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry’s name. While numbers are still being processed for the local event, it is safe to say that it was a resounding success. Chanel Fall told saultonline.com that “we are so grateful to the community for coming out on this beautiful day to support the Terry Fox event.” Her parents Rick and Colette Fall were instrumental in the organizing of this years’ event in The Sault. The first Terry Fox run took place in the Sault at the Rocky DiPietro track in 1981. Chanel Fall will be posting updates to the facebook event page at www.facebook.com.
Visit the Terry Fox Foundation website at http://www.terryfox.org
Rick and Colette Fall can be reached at [email protected]

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