Pictou expects strong Terry Fox Run turnout
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.