Pic­tou ex­pects strong Terry Fox Run turnout

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY - BY SAM MACDON­ALD THE NEWS

The Terry Fox Run has, for over three decades, been a pri­or­ity to Jean Har­roun, one of the orig­i­nal vol­un­teers who or­ga­nized and ini­ti­ated the lo­cal run.

“I think, since Terry did his run, when I read about what he was go­ing through, some­thing al­ways stuck with me,” said Har­roun. “There is some­thing near and dear to me. When Septem­ber comes, you get ready for the run.”

Har­roun said the footage of Terry Fox un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy and vis­it­ing chil­dren in the hospi­tal “has been etched in my mind,” and that fight­ing against can­cer be­came a pas­sion for her that has never waned over the years.

Har­roun has helped or­ga­nize and carry out Terry Fox Runs since she and a group of vol­un­teers started the event in Pic­tou 37 years ago.

“When we first started the run, they were hop­ing to end can­cer and find a cure for it,” said Har­roun. “As the years have gone on, they’re still try­ing to do that. I think this is im­por­tant be­cause can­cer has touched ev­ery­one in some way.”

Har­roun said it is al­ways sat­is­fy­ing to see ev­ery dol­lar the run brings in – and to see it all go to­ward re­search that may one day lead to a cure.

For those look­ing to carry on where Terry Fox left off, Pic­tou County will be host­ing the Terry Fox Run this Sun­day. The lo­cal run is one of thou­sands of events Canada-wide that cel­e­brate the life and legacy of Fox.

Michelle Young, recre­ation co-or­di­na­tor with the Town of Pic­tou, proudly stated that 2017 marks the 37th year Pic­tou will host the run.

“We ac­tu­ally have vol­un­teers and ac­tive par­tic­i­pants who have been in the run 37 years – which is very spe­cial,” said Young.

Par­tic­i­pants have the op­tion of rais­ing funds in ad­vance of the run, or sim­ply bring­ing a do­na­tion the day of the event.

“There’s no en­try fee, per se. You don’t need to be an ath­lete to par­tic­i­pate – you can walk, run, bike or push a stroller – what­ever way you want to ex­pe­ri­ence it, you can,” said Young. “It’s a great fam­ily event, and ev­ery dol­lar raised re­ally helps con­trib­ute to­ward Terry’s dream.”

Sun­day’s run will take par­tic­i­pants on a scenic course that skirts the Pic­tou wa­ter­front, start­ing at the ma­rina and pro­ceed­ing along the Jit­ney Trail for five kilo­me­tres.

The turnout never fails to im­press Young, who noted over 100 par­tic­i­pants turned up for the run last year.

“It’s been build­ing over the last couple of years. In Pic­tou County, it’s just our­selves and Bridgeville that have had runs the last couple of years,” said Young. “Peo­ple sort of grav­i­tate to­wards those ar­eas, and the schools are in­volved. They have a Terry Fox day as well – I be­lieve on the 18th.”

Reg­is­tra­tion for the event starts at 1:30 p.m., and the run it­self com­mences at 2 p.m.

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