Russell and Embrun prepare for 36th annual Terry Fox run
The 36th annual Terry Fox run in Russell Township will be held on Sunday, September 18, from 9 a.m. to noon, with starts in both Russell and Embrun.
The run, which has been held in the Township of Russell since 1981, has helped raise over $274,000 for cancer research over the years with $16,738 raised in 2015 only. According to councillor Cindy Saucier, who has been organizing the event for the last 20 years, “it is pretty amazing how much money has been raised over the course of one morning, especially considering the fact that this is not a very big community.”
Registration for the event will begin at 9 a.m with the start of the run being at 9:30 a.m. People can still register at a later time as the volunteers will be present until noon. The run in Russell will begin on the trail behind Mother Teresa school with Mayor Pierre Leroux attending, while councillor Amanda Simard will be present at the start in Embrun, beside Euphoria. There are no registration fees and all proceeds will be going to cancer research. Scotiabank of Russell has also agreed to match donations in order to help the cause.
Furthermore, there will be paramedics on the bike path to help with any problems, and township firefighters will be present at crossings to make sure everyone can safely cross the road. Finally, there will be some activities at both starts such as face painting and a concert by the band Happy to be here. A Zumba warm-up will take place before the run and there will be refreshments available as well as bathrooms at both ends and halfway down the path.
The organizers of the event are still looking for volunteers to help with the registration. Students are welcome and will not be turned away if they need hours. Those interested can contact Cindy Saucier at 613-4453852 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.