York runs for Terry and for a cure

York University will host its annual Terry Fox Run on Sunday to support cancer research and awareness. This year’s run marks the 25th anniversary of Fox’s cross-country Marathon of Hope in 1980.

Right: Terry Fox

Participants are invited to bike, inline skate, walk or run a minimum distance of 5 km. Registration will take place outside the Tait McKenzie Fitness Centre, on the Keele campus, from 9 to10am. Following the event, York is U is hosting a complimentary picnic and the York is U Olympics – a series of fun picnic games. There is free parking for all run participants in the Northwest Gate Lot.

“York’s commitment and dedication to the run last year held a great impact by accomplishing an excellent goal. So once again, we need many enthusiastic York individuals to come out and participate in this amazing run held for a great cause,” said Huma Qureshi, charity & entertainment director, York is U. “Our mission for this year’s race is to double last year’s participation of 150 people and beat last year’s fundraising goal of $14,000.”

Pledge sheets are available at various locations on campus, including the York is U office, 326 Student Centre. Registration forms and pledge sheets were distributed by mail but runners can also register or obtain forms online at the official Terry Fox Run Web site. Visitors to the site can also find out how to register and make a pledge or donation. To register online with the York team, include York’s site number: 1847.

The first Terry Fox Run in 1981 attracted 300,000 participants across Canada and raised $3.5 million. To date, more than $360 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry’s name. For more information on York’s Terry Fox Run, call ext. 55492 or e-mail Sayma Hai at shai84@yorku.ca.