Terry Fox Run returns to Woodstock
Woodstock celebrates Canadian hero Terry Fox for the 37th year in a row
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.