Wind­sor’s Terry Fox Run big­gest one yet

King’s-Edge­hill School help­ing to carry on Marathon of Hope

Valley Journal Advertiser - - SPORTS - BY COLIN CHISHOLM WWW.HANTSJOURNAL.CA

A bright, sun­shine-filled day greeted hun­dreds of chil­dren, stu­dents, adults and se­niors as they walked, ran and biked in the name of can­cer re­search in Wind­sor.

Sept. 16 saw the town’s largest turnout and funds raised yet, with the po­ten­tial for even more money to come in, ac­cord­ing to event or­ga­nizer Taya Shields.

“We gathered as a com­mu­nity at King’s-Edge­hill School… to con­tinue Terry’s Marathon of Hope,” Shields said. “Num­bers were up this year, with an es­ti­mated 500 to 600 par­tic­i­pants (along) the five-kilo­me­tre route through Wind­sor.”

Shields said she was very im­pressed to see how many com­mu­nity mem­bers came out to sup­port the run, which is now in its 37th year.

“From ba­bies in strollers, to se­niors in wheel­chairs, there were many gen­er­a­tions rep­re­sented,” she said. “The Wind­sor run is a fam­ily and pet-friendly event. Many res­i­dents who couldn’t com­plete the run watched and cheered on the par­tic­i­pants from their front porches.”

So far, the Wind­sor fundrais­ing to­tal is ap­proach­ing $17,000 — a com­mu­nity record.

Last year, the run raised $15,900, which placed Wind­sor third out of 70 run sites in Nova Sco­tia.

“Terry Fox’s story never loses its power to in­spire,” she said. “The par­tic­i­pa­tion and en­ergy of the crowd gathered for the 2018 Wind­sor Terry Fox Run was proof of this. Ev­ery­one knows some­one who has had can­cer or who is cop­ing with a di­ag­no­sis. The Hon­our Poster was filled with the names of those re­mem­bered at our Wind­sor site.”

Stephanie Cum­mings, a cer­ti­fied Dancer­cise in­struc­tor, led the crowd in a five-minute warm-up on the new ar­ti­fi­cial turf field on the King’s-Edge­hill School cam­pus be­fore the run be­gan.

COLIN CHISHOLM

Stephanie Cum­mings, dance in­struc­tor and English teacher at King’s-Edge­hill School, warmed up the par­tic­i­pants with a dance rou­tine at the school’s newly minted soc­cer turf.

COLIN CHISHOLM

Par­tic­i­pants walked, ran, and biked dur­ing the 30th An­nual Terry Fox Run in Wind­sor, Nova Sco­tia.

COLIN CHISHOLM

Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope con­tin­ues to in­spire peo­ple decades af­ter his death.

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