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Changing of the guard for Terry Fox Run

Ryley Newman (left), is the new lead organizer of the Prince George Terry Run. He is congratulated by Scott McWalter, who has organized the run for the past five years in Prince George. Bill Phillips photo

The Prince George Terry Fox Run has a new lead organizer.

After five years of organizing the annual run, Scott McWalter handed the reins over to Ryley Newman this week. Newman, who is the event chair for the Relay for Life, is no stranger to organizing large events.

“I thought it was a good opportunity to continue an ongoing tradition in Prince George,” Newman said of his decision to take on the Terry Fox Run. “I just want to keep that tradition going. When the opportunity arose, I thought it was a really good fit.”

Due to construction downtown last year, the run was moved to along the Fraser River … starting at The Exploration Place, through Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park, to Cottonwood Island and back. It will be back by the river again this year and will be held September 15.

“It’s going to be awesome,” said Newman. “Hopefully it will be a nice sunny day and it’s a fun event to get everyone out to learn about Terry Fox and his legacy.”

That legacy, of course, involved Prince George as Fox did a test run here which was the impetus for him to decide to embark on his Marathon of Hope.

“It has been an honour to serve in that position,” McWalter said. “Terry Fox is a hero of mine. His legacy, not just in our country, but in Prince George as well, is really strong and that’s a large part to do with the Terry Fox Run.”

Jim Terrion, centre, announces that he has raised $755,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation over the past 30 years and working on raising $1 million. Bill Phillips photo

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