Terry Fox Run re­turns to Wood­stock

Wood­stock cel­e­brates Cana­dian hero Terry Fox for the 37th year in a row

Sentinel-Review (Woodstock) - - NEWS - BRUCE CHES­SELL bches­sell@post­media.com

Bill (Gille­spie) was a very ar­dent be­liever in the legacy of Terry Fox.

John Ver­saevel, co-chair of the Wood­stock Terry Fox Run

For the 37th year in a row the com­mu­nity of Wood­stock will come to­gether to re­mem­ber one of Canada’s great­est he­roes.

The an­nual Terry Fox run will kick off this Sun­day Sept. 17 at Col­lege Av­enue Sec­ondary School (CASS).

John Ver­saevel, co-chair of the Wood­stock Terry Fox Run, said this year’s run will have a dif­fer­ent course than last year’s.

“Last year we had a prob­lem be­cause the parks depart­ment was re­do­ing the creek through South­side Park and the south road of the creek was not avail­able and there was a lot of con­struc­tion go­ing on, so we ended up hav­ing to go on a much hil­lier course than what we would’ve liked,” Verseavel said.

“This year, once you start com­ing down Parkinson Road from CASS, you’re ba­si­cally on down­hill and level for 80 per cent of your course,” he added. “That’s go­ing to make a lot of peo­ple hap­pier. It was a tough course last year.”

The run will again of­fer four choices of cour­ses for run­ners, start­ing with a run/walk around the CASS track, a 2.5 km, a five km and a 10 km run down the lo­cal streets and through South­side Park.

Last year’s run hon­oured long­time or­ga­nizer Bill Gille­spie, who has been a large part of the run for decades and the fundraiser man­aged to pull in around $42,000.

Ver­saevel said they are hop­ing to raise more money this year, but added that last year the city turned out to hon­our Gille­spie’s mem­ory.

“He was the epit­ome and the soul of the Terry Fox Run in Wood­stock for many years,” he said. “That is not here this year, which is some­thing that en­er­gized the com­mu­nity.

“I’m hop­ing that any­one who sup­ported the run last year in hon­our of Bill and those who knew Bill would know that he would want you to con­tinue hon­our­ing the run,” the co-chair added. “Bill was a very ar­dent be­liever in the legacy of Terry Fox.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Terry Fox Run call (519) 5353658 or visit the Face­book page by search­ing the Terry Fox Run Wood­stock On­tario.


A run­ner goes by a sign ded­i­cated to Bill Gille­spie dur­ing last year's Terry Fox Run in Wood­stock.

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