SWIFT LIKE A FOX:
Members of the Swift Current Comprehensive High School cross country team sprint at the start of the Terry Fox Run, Sept. 16.
Community members stepped up to ensure that the long tradition of a Terry Fox Run in Swift Current can continue.
The event started and finished in Riverside Park, Sept. 16. There were 33 participants, who ran or walked on a route set out along the Chinook Parkway, and they raised $5,105 for the Terry Fox Foundation.
“That was great, considering the weather and how we promoted it,” spokesperson David Camarador said. “We definitely had a lot of family support, they wanted to see their kids run. So we're glad to see that.”
There was uncertainty if this year's Terry Fox Run will take place in Swift Current, because the local volunteer organizer was not available to coordinate the event. There was a call for help from the Terry Fox Foundation and a number of community members got together to keep it going.
The individuals who became involved were David Camarador, Shantal Dyck, Zach Elliott, Sarbjit Gill, Angela LaFontaine, Kim Targerson and Amanda Thoreson.
“After a news article was published, a few people communicated to the person who did that interview, and they talked about being a coordinator,” Camarador said. “Then we had a few key people come in for a meeting and we discussed the logistics of the event. ... So not one main person did it, but the resiliency of the community really helped out.”
Something different at this year's event was a warm-up session for participants before the start of the run/walk, which was presented by fitness instructors Dara Closs and Erica Pasley of the Twist of Fate fitness studio.
“A lot of people had fun and there was a few laughs, but it's good that people were warmed up, especially how cold it was,” he said.
Camarador, who is the current chairperson of the Swift Current Comprehensive High School Student Leadership Council, felt it was important to get involved with the event and members of the school's cross country team also participated in the Terry Fox Run.
“I want to advocate for what the student body's values are, you know inclusivity and then always fighting to be better for the great good, but also as someone from Swift Current we understand how rural communities help to contribute to a larger group such as the Terry Fox organization,” he said. “We are going to have our own Terry Fox walk as a school on Sept. 27. We're really happy that we can do both.”
Participants in the Terry Fox Run leave the starting area at Riverside Park, Sept. 16.
Participants do some warm-up exercises before the start of the Terry Fox Run in Swift Current, Sept. 16.
Fitness instructors Dara Closs (at left) and Erica Pasley of the Twist of Fate fitness studio provided a warm-up session before the start of the Run.