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Hundreds show up to keep Terry Fox Run going, and going

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
September 18th, 2017

More than 200 runners, cyclists, walkers and families made the trek to Rotary Lakeside Park Sunday morning to participate in the 37th annual Terry Fox Run.

“It was an exciting day today, lots of positive-ness and conversation about Terry Fox and how everyone is contributing to his legacy and cancer research,” said Pat Gibson, one of the many organizers from the Kootenay Rhythm Dragons.

Many of the Kootenay Rhythm Dragons, realizing the importance of keeping the run going in Nelson, returned home late Saturday from capturing a silver medal at the BC Seniors Games in Vernon.

Participants, including members of the Nelson Leafs Hockey Club, began arriving early to register before Gibson called everyone in for the opening ceremonies.

Gibson thanked the many volunteers before introducing Kootenay Rhythm Dragons Sarah Quayle, who gave a moving speech about the importance of the Terry Fox Run through a cancer patient.

Prior to the Terry Fox Team Photo, Puleng Pratt then led participant through a warm-up.

Then it was time for 10-year-old Suzanne Miller, who had been to every Terry Fox Run since she was born, to conduct the official start for one, two, five or 10 kilometre run as Nelsonites joined Canadians from coast to coast in raising $5300.30 to ensure that cancer research continues to make a difference.

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