The Terry Fox Run has been taking place in Grande Prairie since 1984, and this year will be no different.
Things are planned for Sunday at Muskoseepi Park and organizer Debra Cartier says they are welcoming anyone and everyone to join.
“It’s called a Terry Fox Run but you don’t have to run, you can walk the event. So, you don’t have to be a runner. We’re doing four loops around the reservoir, so for those that can only do one loop, that’s fine. For those that want to do the full four loops, that’s great. But that way it’s open to people of all abilities.”
Dogs are welcome and skateboarding, cycling and roller blading is also acceptable.
Cartier adds proceeds will be going to cancer research.
“Eighty-four per cent of all money raised goes directly into research. For a non-profit organization, they have only a 16 per cent overhead, which is pretty good.”
In 2015, Grande Prairie’s event raised $13,211, however that dropped to a little over $9,262 in 2016. They are hoping to beat last years funding efforts.
Over $750 million has been raised for cancer research nationwide since the run started.
“Total revenue raised as of 2016 has been $335,115. That’s a fairly significant contribution that Grande Prairie has made, and we just want to keep seeing that number rise,” said Cartier.
Registration Sunday begins at 9:30 a.m. with the event starting at 11 a.m.