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The Marathon of Hope Continues in Grey Bruce Today

Grey Bruce | by Megan Johnson  

The Saugeen Shores run/walk has have been happening for 30 years and has raised around $350,000 to date

Terry Fox Website 

Today (September 14) is the day the memory of Canadian icon, Terry Fox, lives on with hundreds of walks, runs or rolls taking place across Canada, to continue his Marathon of Hope and raise funds for cancer research.

Holly Vanderzwet has been organizing the Saugeen Shores Terry Fox Run for 22 years and reminds the public that one can register online or in person at a variety of events taking place in Bruce and Grey.

"Eighty percent of the funds goes straight to cancer research, very little goes to wages, etc," says Vanderzwet about the fundraiser.

The Marathon of Hope began on April 12, 1980 and lasted 143 days. Fox traveled 5,373 kilometres before he was force to end his marathon. Fox died on June 28, 1981 from osteosarcoma (cancer of the bone) at the age of 22.

"He took it upon himself to run that much every single day... it wasn't a personal thing, it was to help others with that same disease and he's pretty fresh in people's minds."

Vanderzwet says Port Elgin has been hosting a Terry Fox Run for  30 years and has raised around $350,000 during that time.

Area Terry Fox Events:
Kincardine 9:00 am 
Location: Kincardine Davidson Centre 
Walkerton 9:00 am 
Location: Sacred Heart High School 
Tobermory 9:00 am    
Location: Tobermory Meeting Place, 20 Centennial Drive
Meaford: 9:00 am                         
Location: Harbour Pavilion - Bridge Street
Owen Sound 10 am              
Location: Harrison Park
Lucknow 11:00 am 
Location: Lucknow Sports Complex, Tourism Office
Hanover 1:00 pm -
Location: Hanover Park - 7th Avenue North
Saugeen Shores 1:00 pm  
Location: North Shore Park
Wiarton 2:00 pm 
Location: Bluewater Park Train Station Pavilion 
Durham 2:00 pm     
Location: Durham Conservation Area

Most are Bicycle, Stroller, Rollerblade, and Wheelchair accessible.

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