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Kingsville virtual Terry Fox run set for Sept. 19

Local organizer hopes to match last year's $10,000-plus fundraising total


Terry Fox's 1980 Marathon of Hope has inspired four decades of annual Terry Fox runs across Canada.

For the second year in a row, the annual Terry Fox Run will be a virtual event.

Kingsville organizer Marilyn Farnworth said the 41st edition of the run takes place Sunday, Sept. 19, across Canada.

At last year’s virtual run, Kingsville-area participants raised just over $10,000. Farnworth said she hopes to meet that challenge again this year.

“You can run, walk, bike, urban pole, swim, skateboard or any other activity anywhere and any time of the day you choose on September 19th to support our Kingsville site for the Terry Fox Run,” Farnworth said in a news release.

Fox’s 1980 Marathon of Hope took him halfway across Canada, running 5,373 kilometres with a prosthetic leg, an average of 42 kilometres per day. He was forced to stop his run that September in Thunder Bay, Ont., after learning that his cancer had returned and spread to his lungs. He died on June 28, 1981.

Farnworth said the virtual run isn’t an ideal way to mark Fox’s achievement “but let's try like Terry. Anything is possible if we just try.”

Over the last four decades, Terry Fox runs have raised more than $850 million nationally and funded 1,300 research projects, according to the Terry Fox Foundation.

You can register as a participant or team and donate to the Kingsville virtual Terry Fox Run at www.terryfox.ca/terryfoxrun/kingsville.

If you want to join Farnworth's team or make a pledge, you can also visit

www.terryfox.ca/MFit.

All donations will be credited to the Kingsville site.

To purchase 2021 Terry Fox T-shirts or books, go to the main website at www.terryfox.org.

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