Oakville’s 2017 Terry Fox Run – Sunday, September 17

Oakville's 2017 Terry Fox Run
Oakville’s 2017 Terry Fox Run – Sunday, September 17
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Oakville’s 2017 Terry Fox Run has residents gearing up to honour Terry Fox and continue his Marathon of Hope to raise money for cancer research.

Funds raised at the local event fund ground breaking cancer research like the treatment received by Oakville resident Teagan Walsh. Teagan is being treated for osteosarcoma, the same cancer that Terry Fox had. Teagan has already had surgery, and just started chemotherapy. Her leg was saved because of a brand new surgery.

“We are so happy to have a brave Terry Foxer like Teagon sound the horn to start the 2017 Terry Fox Run this year. Her surgery is the type of breakthroughs being made every day because of advances in cancer research,” said Oakville Run Chair Pam Damoff.

Oakville’s 2017 Terry Fox Run will be held on Sunday, September 17 at Coronation Park. Walk, bike, board, blade, run, push a stroller or walk the dog along a beautiful lake-side 500 metre, 5k or 10k route. A new 500 metre route is available this year, completely contained within the parking lot.

Participants are encouraged 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.

Oakville’s 2017 Terry Fox Run 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 and O Canada will be performed by Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance students at Sheridan College.

The event is non-competitive and family-friendly with leashed dogs welcome participants. There is no registration fee or minimum donation required.

…but I might not make it, and if I don’t make it, then the Marathon of Hope better continue. It has to go on without me – Terry Fox 1980


Once again, run day will feature a kids’ activity tent, music, food and fun. Terry Fox Run t-shirts will be available on site, $20 for cotton and $30 for dri-fit, with all proceeds from sales going to the Terry Fox Foundation. Bronte Harbour Chiropractic Clinic will be on hand to treat articipants.

Oakville’s 2017 Terry Fox Run will be plastic water bottle free. Participants are invited to bring their own water bottles and refill them before and after the run. Compostable cups will also be available. Harper’s Landing will donate freshly baked muffins, Longos will supply fresh fruit and Voortman Cookies will donate cookies for participants to enjoy.

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. This year there will be the option to pay for everything from t-shirts to registration and donations via credit card readers.

There is still time to ‘Team Up for Terry Fox.’ Teams can be as few as two 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. Pledge sheets can be downloaded on the site as well and registration is available on-site on Run morning. Teams are invited to set up tents, bring friends and enjoy a fun day at the park post-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,” said Pam Damoff, Chair of the Oakville 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 marshaling along the run route and working the registration table to cheering on run finishers. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Jasper Moester at jasper.terryfoxoakville@gmail.com. Students will receive volunteer hours for their efforts.

The Terry Fox Foundation is proud of the fact that 84% of all funds donated — by Canadians of all ages and through Terry Fox Runs around the world — go directly to research into treatments for all forms of cancer. For the 37th Run, we are asking Oakville resident to help us raise $150,000 in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.



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