Local Terry Fox Run coordinator Craig Grant and other volunteers were busy putting up signs this past weekend to draw attention to the Sept. 16 event.

Annual Terry Fox Run set for Sept. 16

Registration starts at 8 a.m. at the Mission Leisure Centre

This year’s Terry Fox Run is taking place Sunday, Sept. 16.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the Leisure Centre on Grand Street, and runners take off at 9 a.m.

Participants of all ages and abilities can walk, run, rollerblade or even ride a bike through the 5 km or 10 km course, which roughly runs along Seventh Avenue through Fraser River Heritage Park and to St. Mary’s. There will be volunteers throughout the course.

“Come show your support,” said local run coordinator Craig Grant. “The fight against cancer affects so many of us.”

Grant hopes to raise more than $6,500 for the cause.

This year’s guest speakers at the event are Rosie Gossling, a cancer survivor, and Marilyn MacDonald, who will share her stories about Terry Fox, the man who inspired the run.

Terry Fox was raised in Port Coquitlam and was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer at 18. While his leg had to be amputated, that didn’t stop him from embarking on the Marathon of Hope to raise money and awareness for cancer research.

His journey began in St. John’s, Newfoundland and ended just outside Thunder Bay in Ontario. Fox was forced to stop running when cancer appeared in his lungs. He passed away in June 1981 at the age of 22.

While he never finished his mission, millions across Canada have picked up the torch and carried on raising money for cancer in Terry Fox’s name.

Pledge sheets for the run are available at the Leisure Centre, Wentings on North Railway Avenue, and online at terryfox.org.