Terry Fox Run sees bigger turnout this year

While organizer Vanessa Hebert still is waiting on some pledges to come in, it looks as if Sunday’s Terry Fox Run here brought in at least $9,000.
But she said Monday morning that when all is said and done, that number should be closer to $11,000—roughly the same as was raised last year.
Marj Hull-Katerick once again was the top pledge-getter, raising her goal of $2,004 while Joyce Gosselin raised the second-most money with $1,122 in pledges.
But perhaps a better way to gauge its success this year was the surge in participation.
“We had 131 participants. Last year, we had 94. We had lots and lots of new participants,” Hebert remarked, adding new faces bring an “infusion of enthusiasm.”
“It’s really encouraging,” she said.
Participants started gathering at the old CN station around 1 p.m. as they registered and turned in their pledges.
After Mayor Dan Onichuk gave a brief speech and Doris Barton led the participants in some warm-up exercises, the run got underway at 2 p.m.
Participants walked, ran, jogged, or wheeled themselves to the railway crossing at Pither’s Point via Central Avenue, Second Street East, Victoria Avenue, and Front Street (the La Verendrye Parkway), and then returned.
Once back at the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau, participants and volunteers were treated to hotdogs and beverages.
The total distance was around 10 km. Both the OPP and an ambulance escorted the participants along the way.
Hebert said 29 volunteers helped out with the event, doing everything from handling out Terry Fox tattoos and painting children’s faces to cooking food and handing out water to participants.
This year’s Terry Fox Run was dedicated to the family of Herb Cridland.
In related news, local resident Ed Katona departed for Duluth, Mn. on Sunday to raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation. He hopes to complete the 550-km round trip by Tuesday.
Katona’s wife, Marg, reported Monday morning that he and fellow cyclist Arnie Johnsrud left here Sunday at 6 a.m. and arrived in Virginia, Mn. around 5:30 p.m.
“They had a rough ride. They faced 25 m.p.h. winds and 85 degree temperatures,” she remarked. “I haven’t heard from them yet this morning [Monday], but they were supposed to have left for Duluth.”
She noted whether or not her husband makes it back here Tuesday all will depend on the weather. Rain was in the forecast for that part of Minnesota for Monday.
Katona is expected to raise about $1,500 in pledges from friends, family, and co-workers at the Civic Centre.