Terry Fox Run kicking into gear

Joey Payeur

Local organizers of this year’s Terry Fox Run in Fort Frances are going retro to try and generate new levels of support.
The annual event to raise money for cancer research, slated for Sunday, Sept. 17, will mark its 25th anniversary of being held here.
Last year’s event moved the start time two hours earlier than normal, but will revert back to its previous schedule, with registration set for 1 p.m. at the Sorting Gap Marina.
The run will follow at 2 p.m.
“The Terry Fox Run did well last year but we want to build on what we’ve done in the past,” said event co-organizer Matt Soprovich of the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau.
Last year saw 57 people take part, raising just over $4,000.
More than $200,000 has been brought in locally in the event’s history here.
“We want to increase both totals,” said Soprovich.
“Because it’s the 25th anniversary, we want to try and make this year bigger and better than ever.
“Cancer is so prevalent in society that pretty much everybody has a family member or knows a friend who has had it, or have had it themselves,” he noted.
“We think the Terry Fox Run is a great community event and an important part of what the Volunteer Bureau does in terms of community programming.”
Pledge sheets are available at the Volunteer Bureau office (located in the old CN Station), as well as the Fort Frances Times and Taggs/Source for Sports.
They also can be picked up at Flint House, which will be selling food at the Sorting Gap Marina to participants after the run.
Proceeds also will go towards the local fundraising totals for the event.
“A pre-run fundraising breakfast was tried last year but we believe a more effective approach will be to get the people out running and then have them come back with big appetites,” Soprovich said.
A tentative addition to this year’s event will see (if there’s enough interest) local businesses challenging others providing similar services to see whose staff can raise the most money in pledges.
Businesses also will be approached with the option of donating a prize of some form for the free draws that will be held after the run or donating money directly to the fundraising campaign.
The always-popular T-shirts associated with the Terry Fox Run also are for sale at the Volunteer Bureau for $20 each, with sizes ranging from small to XXL.
Individuals wanting to set up their own pledge sheet online, rather than going around themselves to collect pledges, can do so by going to the event’s national website at www.terryfox.org/Run.
A link to the site also will be provided on the local event’s Facebook page, Terry Fox Run 2017 Fort Frances.
Anyone wanting to lend their time to help stage the event can contact the Volunteer Bureau at 274-9555.