Oakville Residents Lace Up for the 34th Annual Terry Fox Run

Family Day of Fun at Coronation Park September 14

Oakville Residents  Lace Up for the 34th  Annual Terry Fox Run
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Pam Damoff

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Pam Damoff, a politician, community activist and business professional with over 25 years’ corporate experience on Bay Street, was elected to represent the riding of Oakville North-Burlington in the House of Commons in the 2015 federal election. Prior to the election, Pam served as an Oakville Town Councillor from 2010-2015.

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34 years after Terry Fox was forced to end his cross ­Canada Marathon of Hope to raise money to support better cancer treatment and research because his cancer had returned, people in cities and countries around the world are preparing to honour him by continuing the run on his behalf.

Oakville’s 34th annual Terry Fox Run will be held on Sunday, September 14 at Coronation Park. Walk, bike, board, blade, run, push a stroller or walk the dog along a beautiful lake­side 2k, 5k or 10k route. The event is non­-competitive and family­-friendly with leashed dogs welcome participants. There is no registration fee or minimum donation required. Participants are encourage to car pool and are reminded there is no parking in Coronation Park itself, and are asked to observe all “No Parking” signs on side streets nearby.

The run’s official start time is 10:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 9:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies will once again be hosted by former Toronto Argonaut Dan Ferrone. O’Canada will be performed by Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance students at Sheridan College and cast members of Marathon of Hope, the Terry Fox musical, under the direction of producer Michael Rubinoff. They will also give a special live performance of “I Am Waiting For A Miracle,” the opening number from the musical.

The Oakville Terry Fox Run is thrilled to welcome a team of experienced open water swimmers to this year’s event, not pounding the pavement, but in the water. These swimmers will swim laps while walkers and runners do their thing on land.

Run morning will feature a kids’ activity tent, music, food and fun. Terry Fox Run t-­shirts and baseball caps will be available for $20 each with all proceeds from sales going to the Terry Fox Foundation. Bronte Harbour Chiropractic Clinic and Oakville Massage and Wellness Clinic will be on hand to treat participants. Elizabeth Sheridan will pipe participants as they begin the Terry Fox Run. Toronto Rock cheerleaders will cheer on everyone as they cross the finish line.

Thanks to Whole Foods and the Town of Oakville, this year’s Terry Fox Run will once again be plastic water bottle free. Participants are invited to bring their own water bottles and refill them before and after the run. Compostable cups from Whole Foods will also be available.

Longos has also generously donated fresh fruit, which will be available after the run. The Kin Club of Oakville will be selling “kin­eggers” and fresh coffee with all proceeds to the event. Again this year the Oakville run site will feature special ‘In Memory Of’ and ‘In Honour Of’ road signs on sale for $5 each, honouring a friend or family member who has experienced cancer.

There is still time to ‘Team Up’ for Terry Fox. Teams can be as few as three people or as many as 200 or more. Teaming up for Terry is a special opportunity to come together to make a difference in the fight against cancer and to bond as families, friends and neighbours while showing your commitment to giving back. To form your own team visit www.terryfox.org and click on the Team Up For Terry tab. Registration for teams and individuals will also be available on site the morning of the Run.

Recently Sammy’s Old Fashion Chip Wagon held a very successful fundraising lunch with all proceeds to Terry Fox Foundation. The landlord for South Oakville Centre is matching all donations to their team. Look for Terry Fox volunteers at the upcoming Kerr­Fest on September 6th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm to get more information or buy a t-shirt in advance of the Run.

The support of local businesses, service clubs and families is so important to the Oakville community and to the success of the Terry Fox Run. By teaming up with the Terry Fox Run to raise funds for cancer research, these folks are continuing a long­-standing commitment to improving the lives of everyone touched by cancer.

Volunteers are still required to assist on run morning with everything from marshalling along the run route to cheering on finishers. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Cathy Duddeck at cduddeck@hotmail.com.

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