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Terry Fox Run needs new leaders

Owen Sound | by Matt Hermiz  

Organizers of Owen Sound's annual Terry Fox run hope to pass the torch

The longtime organizers of the Terry Fox Run in Owen Sound saw over 200 runners out Sunday, for what was their last time heading up the event.

Scott and Tracy Grieg ran the annual fundraiser in the Scenic City for the past 10 years.

Scott says the final run couldn't have gone better, with perfect weather gracing Harrison Park and fundraising totals exceeding $12,000 -- already ahead of the $11,340 raised in 2016 with more donations still expected.

Now, it will be up to someone else to take the lead of the run Scott and Tracy saved a decade ago.

"We got involved originally because the call went out, and there was nobody stepping up," Scott explains. "We were needed at the time to ensure the event continued in Owen Sound."

Scott says the couple enjoyed being able to help support cancer research.

Since Tracy and Scott began organizing the Owen Sound Terry Fox run, more than $150,000 has been raised for cancer research. Beyond that, over $350,000 in donations have come in since the event's inception.

Scott says the time is right now for another community-minded person to step-in, offer fresh ideas and bring new energy to the event.

While they're stepping aside as organizers, it certainly won't be the last time you'll see the Griegs pounding the pavement during the Terry Fox Run.

"We look forward to be able to show up on run day, make our donation and continue to be part of the Marathon of Hope," Scott adds.

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