Terry Fox Run coming up Sunday

With the annual Terry Fox “Marathon of Hope” coming up here Sunday (Sept. 19), lead organizer Vanessa Hebert is hoping the event raises $15,000 for cancer research this time around.
“We raised just over $10,000 last year. It would be nice to beat that,” noted the executive director of the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau, adding she’s heard that last year’s top pledge-getters, Marj Hull-Katerick and Joyce Gosselin, have been busy rounding up support.
“Other than that, things are going along quite well,” added Hebert, who was getting the last-minute details into place.
Volunteers were out yesterday (Tuesday) for a “tag day,” similar to those held here by other non-profit groups, from which all the proceeds went to the Terry Fox Foundation.
“I just hope the weather is beautiful [on Sunday],” Hebert remarked, noting there is no rain date set, so the “Marathon of Hope” will go ahead despite the weather conditions.
This year, the run will start at the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau, which is located in the old CN station on Fourth Street West (in previous years, it started in front of the Fort Frances Museum).
From there, participants will walk, run, jog, bike, or otherwise get themselves to the railway crossing at Pither’s Point via Central Avenue, Second Street East, Victoria Avenue, and Front Street (the La Verendrye Parkway), then turn around and come back.
The total distance is 10 km.
Those who collected pledges to participate in the run will be treated to a free barbecue meal afterwards at the Volunteer Bureau.
For those who still want a map, you can pick one up at the Volunteer Bureau or call 274-9555 and get one faxed to you.
Pledge forms for participants are available at the Volunteer Bureau and various businesses around town. Those who want to pledge a participant can do it face-to-face or via the Terry Fox website (www.terryfoxrun.org).
While she normally doesn’t know how many participants the “Marathon of Hope” here will see, Hebert said she’d like people who know they’re going to be there Sunday to call the Volunteer Bureau now so organizers can prepare an appropriate amount of food for the barbecue.
Terry Fox T-shirts and sweatshirts also are available at the Volunteer Bureau and Triple T Books & Things on Scott Street. T-shirts cost $10 for the children’s size and $15 for adult sizes while sweatshirts cost $35 each.
Hebert added people also can order 2004-05 Terry Fox calendars for $10 each.
While a good number of volunteers already have been lined up for the annual event, Hebert said she can always find something to do for another willing soul.
For more info on being a volunteer, getting pledge forms or Terry Fox merchandise, or making a donation, call Hebert or Karen Haney at 274-9555 or drop by the Volunteer Bureau.
In related news, local resident Ed Katona will be biking to Duluth, Mn. on Sunday to raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation. He hopes to complete the 550-km round trip by next Tuesday.
“Oh, I’ve been getting pledges and I still have more coming in,” he noted Monday. “I’ll definitely do so more pledge-seeking this week.”
He expects he’ll get about same as he collected last year in pledges—about $1,500.
People can make pledges for Katona’s “Ride for the Cure” by contacting him directly or through the Volunteer Bureau’s office.
Katona can be reached at home at 274-6714 (evenings) or during business hours at 274-5323 ext. 241.