REPORTING · 17th September 2013
The 33rd Annual Terry Fox Run took place in Kitimat on Sunday, September 15th. 42 participants came out to run and they raised an amazing $2,600.
There were several distances the runners could take, a 3, 5 or 10 kilometre run. Prior to the run, a warm up was held in the Riverlodge parking lot and then, the runners were off.
Running this year was Kitimat’s first team, Rich Family Commitment. Sue Smith explained the team came together when her husband had a stroke last January. The family began healthy eating and exercising. This is their 6th walk/run and they have lost around 100 pounds.
Mayor Joanne Monaghan came out to encourage the runners. “Terry Fox was a true Canadian Hero. In 1977 at age 18, Terry Fox, an SFU Student was diagnosed with Bone Cancer and lost his right leg to prevent the spread. However, it did, not stop Terry, or, unfortunately, the Cancer. In 1980, he was just a kid trying to do some good for the world and save it from cancer, he is now an icon,” said Monaghan.
Monaghan thanked the volunteers and sponsors for making Kitimat what it is today.
“Special thanks to everyone for coming out,” said organizer Christine Doherty-Maggs. She thanked all of the different businesses who helped put on the event and the volunteers for assisting her. She invited the community to come out again on Sunday, September 14th, 2014 for the next Terry Fox Run.