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.
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Second year doing the #terryfoxrun. This event is always so well organized and very inspiring. I ran the whole 10km and am starting to get back to where I was with my pace and finishing time. PR’d my 10km time at 1:02:29. Such a great morning with my FNHA family. #fnhawellness #dene #fitnessnerd #halfmarathontraining
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Another year at the Terry Fox Hometown Run in the bag. Amazing turnout at the 35th anniversary, especially considering it was a torrential downpour! #terryfox #terryfoxrun2015 #terryfoxrun #terryfox35 #cancerresearch #marathonofhope #terryranforme #iranformydad #pouringrain #soakingwet #worthit #portcoquitlam #canada
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My brother @thekevinballard completed the 10km #terryfoxrun as a cancer survivor. He is a fighter, beard grower, and an awesome runner. I am proud of you bro! “Dreams are made possible if you try”-terry fox. #terryfoxrun2015 #hometownrun #cancersurvivor #redcardforcancer #startwellfinishstrong photo credit @benwoodman
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