The Terry Fox Run leaves from Simms Creek Park. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Rain doesn’t dampen Terry Fox Run participants spirits in Courtenay

Fundraiser usually gets between 125 and 200 taking part in the Comox Valley

Some grey skies and drizzle didn’t stop participants from lacing up their running shoes for the annual Terry Fox Run Sunday.

Runners young and old signed up for the annual fundraiser to benefit cancer research. The event started in Simms Park Sunday morning. It typically attracts 125-200 runners. Organizers will be tallying up the pledges but hope to bring in about $2,000 for the cause.

“We get a lot of on-site registrations,” says coordinator Regan Jamieson.

There are 10k, 5k and shorter distances for people at the event.

People are still inspired by Fox’s story and the continuing need for support are part of what continue to draw people to the event.

“The fact that we’re still fighting cancer and still researching cancer is a big drive for everybody coming out,” Jamieson says.

READ MORE: ‘If anybody could do it, he could,’ Terry Fox’s nurse to speak at B.C. run

For more than 30 years, people across Canada have taken part in runs to continue the spirit of Fox’s Marathon of Hope. The runs take place in 9,000 communities, and proceeds go to the Terry Fox Foundation to support cancer research. According to the Terry Fox Foundation, more than $700 million has been raised in Fox’s name for cancer research.

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Participants warm up for this year’s Terry Fox Run at Simms Park. Photo by Mike Chouinard

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