Three and a half decades ago, a young Canadian man whose name nobody outside his circle of family, friends and medical professionals had ever heard, dipped his prosthetic leg in the Atlantic Ocean and set out on the journey of a lifetime.
Thirty five years later, you’d be hard pressed to find a person in Canada who is unfamiliar with Terry Fox — or throughout much of the world, for that matter.
In the decades since his Marathon of Hope was cut short by the return of the cancer that claimed his leg — and eventually his life — Terry’s journey has been taken up by countless participants across the globe, with millions of dollars raised for cancer research in the process.
This Sunday, Sept. 20, Terry’s legacy will be honoured once again as walkers, runners, bicyclists, bladers and many others will once again hit roads and trails across Canada and in many other nations around the world in his memory.
For a while this spring, it looked as though this year’s Langley City event might have to be cancelled for lack of an organizer.
Enter Marg McGuire-Grout, who took on the role and, supported by a team of volunteers, has put together an event suitable for people at all levels of ability.
The run/walk, which begins and ends in Douglas Park, includes 1K, 5K and 10K routes, winding along the Nicomekl flood plain. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the run starts at 10 a.m.
In Walnut Grove, participants will gather at the Walnut Grove Community Centre, 8889 Walnut Grove Dr.
Registration also begins at 8:30, but the run starts an hour earlier than the City’s, at 9 a.m., with event wrap-up set for noon.
We’d encourage anyone who is on the fence to get out and participate this year, even if it’s just for an easy one-kilometre stroll.
In doing so, you’ll be honouring not only Terry, but the tireless efforts of volunteers in both communities who are helping to ensure that his legacy lives on in the Langleys.