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Terry Fox Run: September 19th

 

It's the 30th anniversary of the Terry Fox Run, and Scarborough residents are invited to run, walk, wheel and ride on Sept. 19 at a pair of local events.

Terry Fox Runs in Scarborough are slated for Cedarbrook and Highland Creek parks.

It was April 12, 1980 when Terry Fox, who had bone cancer and his leg amputated above his knee, started his cross-Canada run in St. John's, Nfld. He ran more than 40 kilometres a day in all types of weather until Sept. 1 of that year, when the return of cancer forced him to stop near Thunder Bay. Terry Fox died June 28, 1981.

On Sept. 13, 1981, the first Terry Fox run was held with the goal of raising money to beat cancer.

Thirty years later, Terry Fox Runs happen in 40 countries and $500 million has been raised.

The Cedarbrook run takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., leaving from Cedarbrook Community Centre, 91 Eastpark Blvd., and ending at Birkdale Community Centre, 1299 Ellesmere Rd. It's a one to 10 kilometre noncompetitive race where people are invited to run, walk, bike and skate at their own pace. There is no entry free or minimum pledge.

Call Ken Pearson at 416-284-4044 for more information.

The Highland Creek run goes from 8 a.m. to noon, beginning at Colonel Danforth Park on Old Kingston Road, between Manse Road and Military Trail, in the Highland Creek valley. The run goes through Colonel Danforth Park, following Highland Creek, to Lake Ontario and then east along the Port Union Waterfront Trail.

Visit terryfox.org for details.