Organizers of this Sunday’s Terry Fox Run are hoping it will be a milestone fundraising year.
Loretta Winia, co-organizer, said the run has raised close to $500,000 over the last 37 years. They need to raise $20,000 this year to reach $500,000.
Winia believes it’s possible because they have raised the amount in previous years. On average, the run in Red Deer raises
about $15,000 through donations.
There has been a run in Red Deer every year after Terry Fox died in 1981.
The friendly non-competitive run is scheduled on Sunday at Heritage Ranch.
The number of participants who come out usually depends on the weather, said co-organizer Lori Hutchings. But on average about 200 to 300 people take part.
Although there is no registration fee, participants are encouraged to donate online or bring their donations at the event.
The run 10 kms with options to bike or walk and go as far as participants wish.
The loop follows the city trails past Great Chief Park and Bower Ponds passing the south bank of the Red Deer River and finishing at the ranch.
Eighty-four per cent of every dollar that goes to the Terry Fox Foundation goes towards cancer research.
Registration for the event in Red Deer starts at 10 a.m. with the run at 11 a.m.