Terry Fox Run ready to go Sunday

FORT FRANCES—Like so many other communities across Canada, Fort Frances will hold its own 26th-annual Terry Fox “Marathon of Hope” this Sunday afternoon.
And organizers have got everything in place to make it yet another day to remember a hero who fought a disease that’s touched the lives of so many Canadians.
“Everything is coming together,” said Maureen Fitzpatrick of the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau. “Everything’s falling into place. This is a very supportive community.
“We’re really hoping this beautiful weather will keep up,” she added. “I’m kind of feeling all those good vibes the event’s going to give off will make the weather change our way.”
Registration for the run will start at 1 p.m. in front of the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau (old CN station).
Mayor Dan Onichuk will make an address at 1:05, followed by a speech from long-time Terry Fox Run participant and top pledge-getter Marj Katerick.
Then around 1:50 p.m., Jackie Lampi-Hughes of Energy Fitness Centre will lead the participants in warm-up exercises.
Start time for the “Marathon of Hope” is 2 p.m. (rain or shine).
This year’s participants will walk, run, jog, bike, or otherwise get themselves to Pither’s Point via Central Avenue, Second Street East, Victoria Avenue, and the La Verendrye Parkway (Front Street).
There will be water stations for those who get thirsty along the way.
A free barbecue meal will be held at the end of the roughly five-km route. There also will be draws for prizes donated by local businesses, activities for kids, and Terry Fox T-shirts and sweatshirts for sale.
Although the run is coming up this Sunday, late-comers still can get pledge forms at the Volunteer Bureau and at the Community Living Fort Frances and District transitional services office (338 Scott St.) until the end of today.
(The Terry Fox Run is planned out by a committee and co-ordinated by the Volunteer Bureau, with its main sponsor being Community Living Fort Frances and District).
Penny Hutton of Abitibi-Consolidated, who’s handling the “corporate challenge” aspect of this year’s Terry Fox Run, noted a couple of local businesses and organizations have signed up to compete.
They include a joint Abitibi/Ministry of Natural Resources team and a Community Living Fort Frances and District team.
“We’d been hoping to get more teams this year, but we didn’t have a lot of time. Next year we’ll try to get a bigger head start on it,” noted Hutton.
The idea behind the challenge, she added, is to get participants, whether they be co-workers, club members, sports team members or family members, together in groups and raise pledges for the cause.
Last year’s Terry Fox Run here drew about 170 pledged participants and brought in about $15,000. Marj Katerick once again was the top pledge-getter, raising her goal of $2,005, while Joyce Gosselin raised the second-most money ($1,101).
In related news, Fort Frances resident Ed Katona and former Stratton resident Arne Johnsrud are biking to Thunder Bay once again to raise funds for cancer research.
The duo left Friday morning and plan to be back on Tuesday (Sept. 19).
Katona, who retired as the town’s tax collector earlier this year, has been contacting friends and acquaintances, as well as fellow town employees, for pledges.
Anyone wanting to pledge him while he’s gone can still call his home at 274-6714 to do so.
In the past, Katona has biked to Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Duluth, and Minneapolis, as well as to Kenora, Dryden, and then back to Fort Frances in one trip.
(Fort Frances Daily Bulletin)