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City proclaims Terry Fox Day

The City of Prince George is proclaiming Sunday, September 20, 2015 as “Terry Fox Day” and Mayor Lyn Hall is encouraging residents to join him at the annual Terry Fox Run on that date.

“In Prince George’s 100th Anniversary year, residents are spending a lot of time reflecting on the proud history of our great city,” said Hall, in a press release. “Prince George is proud to have played a small, but important part in the legacy of Terry Fox, one of the greatest heroes in the history of Canada. I would like to thank the organizers of the annual Terry Fox Run for their on-going efforts, year in and year out, and the residents of Prince George for giving more and more of their time, energy, and financial resources to this very worthwhile event.”

Terry Fox participated in the Prince George to Boston Marathon (now the Labour Day Classic) in September, 1979. In April, 1980, he began the world-renowned Marathon of Hope in Newfoundland and Labrador to increase cancer awareness, and to raise funds for research. Fox succumbed to cancer and a statue was erected at Prince George’s Community Foundation Park, the annual starring point for the Terry Fox Run.

“The legacy of Terry Fox will stand as an inspiration for generations to come in the City of Prince George, across the nation, and throughout the world,” said Scott McWalter, Lead Organizer of Prince George’s Terry Fox Run. “This family-friendly annual event wouldn’t be possible without the strong and determined support from Mayor Lyn Hall and City Council, exemplified perfectly with the official proclamation announcement of Terry Fox Day in the City of Prince George. In addition, the substantially generous donations received from local businesses and individuals will play an instrumental role in ensuring this Sunday’s run is memorable for everyone.”

The Prince George Terry Fox Run is this Sunday, September 20, at Community Foundation Park. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the event begins at 10 a.m. Last year, the run raised over $16,000. This year’s target is an ambitious $35,000 in recognition of the Terry Fox Run’s 35th anniversary. Residents are encouraged to walk, run, bike, or wheel the scenic five kilometre route around Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park.

Courtesy of UNBC

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