A Terry Fox Run banner signed by Nanaimo participants at a past run-walk event at Bowen Park. (News Bulletin file photo)

A Terry Fox Run banner signed by Nanaimo participants at a past run-walk event at Bowen Park. (News Bulletin file photo)

Terry Fox Run participants asked to run or walk at their own pace

Nanaimo organizer hopes to raise $20,000 between community and school events

Participants in the 41st Terry Fox Run will do things their own way during the pandemic, says the organizer of the Nanaimo charity event.

The fundraising run-walk event, slated for Sunday, Sept. 19, will once again be held virtually. Jodie Williams, who is facilitating the Nanaimo cancer research fundraiser, encourages people to walk or run on their own and at their own pace.

“You can walk, run, bike, whatever you want, that’s why the catchphrase is ‘One Day. Your Way.’ However you want to do it,” Williams said.

She said the run-walks are usually anywhere from two to 10 kilometres.

In a press release, the Terry Fox Foundation said it has added a variety of “new tools and technology,” including a new website and a fundraising app for mobile devices. It is intended to make virtual donations easier, according to Williams.

“They’re going more tech this year,” said Williams. “On the posters there are QR codes that are going to take you right to the Terry Fox Foundation page.”

Registrants will also have the chance to win kits that feature retro shoes and shirts, similar to what Terry Fox wore during his original Marathon for Hope, Williams said.

Williams said there are no hard fundraising targets, but she has her sights set on matching last year’s total. In 2020, the community contributed $8,500, while school events raised about $11,200 for a total of $19,700, she said.

“I’m hoping that we can get about the same amount,” said Williams. “That would be nice.”

While it has been more than four decades since Terry Fox embarked on his tour, Fred Fox, Terry’s older brother, said it is necessary that the legacy continues.

“He asked Canadians to keep on fundraising for cancer research without him, so that his dream of finding a cure would one day be realized – and that is exactly what we need to do now,” said Fred Fox in the press release.

To sign up or donate to the Nanaimo event, go to www.terryfox.org/terry-fox-run and search for Nanaimo.

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