Posted by Clint Kuschak
Lakehead Rotarians presented the annual TERRY FOX RUN in Thunder Bay on Sunday, September 15th
The Terry Fox Run is an annual non-competitive charity event held in numerous regions around the world in commemoration of Canadian cancer activist Terry Fox, and his Marathon of Hope, and to raise money for cancer research.  The first Terry Fox Run was held on September 13, 1981 and is held annual on the second Sunday in September.
The 39th annual TERRY FOX RUN in Thunder Bay was held on Sunday, September 15th and Terry’s many friends and supporters gathered at St. Ignatius High School to honour his legacy and continue his “Marathon of Hope”.  Registration began on site at 1:00 p.m. with the Run starting at 2:00 p.m.  An Honour Guard preceded the start of the Run and remarks were offered by MPP Michael Gravelle [a long-term supporter and friend of the Terry Fox Run] and our own President Clifford Mushquash.  Both offered thanks to the many runners and Clifford added thanks to our Club’s members for volunteering with special thanks to Don Morrison for leading the way as the principal organizer of this event.  Cathy Alex from CBC – Thunder Bay was our MC for the event again this year.  She has served in this role for many years.
Lakehead Rotarians co-ordinated the Run lead by Rotarian Don Morrison.  Rotary volunteers, family members and friends worked the registration tables, provided water at stations around Boulevard Lake, and serve up Terry Fox Run Certificates and Stickers at the end of the Run as well as refreshments for the “runners”.  All ages participate in the Run including babes in strollers, cyclists, roller-blade skaters, first-time joggers, and experienced marathoners.  Many “runners” bring their puppies for a run or walk.  It’s a non-competitive event and everyone completes the course at their own pace.
Lakehead Rotary is honoured to be entrusted with the co-ordination of the annual Terry Fox Run and 100% of all donations turned in at the Run are forwarded to the Terry Fox Foundation.  The first run held in Thunder Bay was hosted by the 3 local Rotary Clubs and Lakehead Rotary took on exclusive co-ordination of the Run the following year…and has been doing this ever since.  And Rotarian Don Morrison has been our Club’s leader for this event for 27 years.
On the 25th anniversary of the start of the Marathon of Hope, the Royal Canadian Mint proudly honoured this Canadian hero with a special circulation $1 coin.