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Terry Fox Run is back and celebrating 42 years of fundraising in NOTL
Joan King has been organizing the run for over 16 years, and shows no interest in stopping.
Joan King has been organizing the run for over 16 years, and shows no interest in stopping. File/Brittany Carter

After two “virtual” years, the Terry Fox Run is back in-person and is set for Sunday, Sept. 18 at Simcoe Park, beginning at 9 a.m.   

With COVID still a concern, run organizer Joan King said, “We’ll have a staggered start so people aren’t crowded.”

People are welcome to walk and run the route, and King said there will be directional signs, a map and water available.

Participants also are encouraged to run with a team or family members.

“There’s no minimum donation. It’s family-friendly and we just want to keep it meaningful, as it has been in the past,” King said. 

In conjunction with the run, Sean Wright will be swimming along the Lake Ontario shoreline from Lakeshore Antiques & Treasures to Queen’s Royal Park.

Bill Pristanski, founding chairman of the Terry Fox Foundation, also will make a special appearance.

“He has done every run since the beginning. This will be his 42nd run and it is the 42nd anniversary of the Terry Fox Run,” King said.

She suggests everyone register online through terryfox.org and from there runners can pick the Niagara-on-the-Lake run site.  

As well, King is selling the new Terry Fox T-shirts, which are available at Grape Escape Tours in Virgil. They’re pretty special, she noted.

The front is a picture from Fox’s student card at Simon Fraser University and the back declares, “I am not a quitter.”

“Terry Fox was not a quitter,” she said. “He didn’t give up, he just ran out of time, so we are that time that he didn’t have.”