The annual Forest Hill Terry Fox Community Run hosted by Upper Canada College on Sept. 17 raised $151,000 for cancer research.
There were two available routes that people could use for the run: one of five kilometres that attracted 1,250 participants; and another of 10 kilometres that drew 414.
People could run, walk, ride a bicycle or even push a baby stroller to get their exercise and earn money for a very worthy cause in the name of a Canadian hero. There was a good mix of individuals and teams that took part.
UCC boarders were involved in the run and also volunteered in various roles to make sure that things ran smoothly.
The 9 a.m. to noon event also featured live music and a kids’ zone to keep participants and their families entertained, while a healthy food festival kicked off at 10:15 a.m. For those less concerned about what goes into their bodies, 650 hot dogs were consumed.
Handwriting analyst and motivational speaker Jamie Mason-Cohen was on hand and showed how the upward strokes in Fox’s signature indicated his optimism.
UCC staff members played a big role in the site set-up and operation of the event, including: Aramark’s Alvin Waldron and Bruce Fuller; facilities director Steve Thuringer; Del DaSilva; Roberto and Eleni Andreopoulos from the housekeeping department; Jermaine Duhaney from the security department; and Madison Grainger from the William P. Wilder ’40 Arena & Sports Complex.
UCC is one of more than 200 Canadian sites that hosts these community runs, and it has a 37-year track record of being one of the most generous in the amount of donations it generates.
UCC students will participate in the College’s own Terry Fox run to raise additional funds for the cause on Sept. 22.
The Terry Fox Foundation has raised more than $700 million for cancer research since the runs began as a tribute to Fox’s Marathon of Hope, a planned cross-Canada journey that ended on Sept. 1, 1980 after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres when Fox’s osteosarcoma (a cancerous tumor that forced the amputation of his right leg) returned and more cancer spread to his lungs.