20 photos of the Terry Fox Run in Metro Vancouver (PHOTOS)

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Image: Terry Fox Foundation / Facebook

On Sunday, thousands of Canadians flooded the streets of their towns and cities for the annual Terry Fox Run to raise money for cancer. More than  800 communities across the country participated in the event.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of Terry’s Marathon Of Hope.

The Canadian hero started his journey in St. John’s, Newfoundland and planned to run to Vancouver to raise money for cancer research. Terry’s own struggle with bone cancer at age 18 resulted in the amputation of his right leg just above the knee, but that didn’t stop him. His marathon started on April 12, 1980, and he managed to run more than 5,000 kilometres to Thunder Bay when on September 1, 1980, he was forced to stop after his cancer came back.

Terry passed away on June 28, 1981 at the age of 22, but his legacy lives on.

Around 24 communities in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley participated in the event. Below are 20 photos of the run in the Metro area (and a couple in Whistler, too) that over the years has managed to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for cancer research.

In many of captions of the photos, the participants say who they’re running for. A torrential downpour and blustery conditions on Sunday didn’t stop these people from braving the wet weather to run.

#TerryFoxRun with the famjam today! #LoveYouAuntieSusie

A photo posted by Maia Kerr (@kerrski) on

Had a great run with John this morning at the Terry Fox run! #Langley #marathonofhope #terryfoxrun #terryfoxrun2015

A photo posted by Morgan Paulgaard (@morgan.paulgaard) on

Thanks to our awesome Hard Rock team for coming out for the run and raising $5,534 for the Terry Fox Foundation! #terryfoxrun #coquitlam

A photo posted by Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (@hardrockcasinov) on

Annual #terryfoxrun inspired by a true hero.

A photo posted by Lisa (@lisadiotte) on

Terry Fox run! ???? #terryfoxrun

A photo posted by Tiffany Bell (@tiffanyjeanbell) on

#terryfoxrun #terryfoxhometownrun

A photo posted by @roymacd on

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