Pictou’s Terry Fox Run scheduled for Sept. 15
PICTOU - Though it’s just a distant memory, Shane Hampton remembers lining the highway with his daycare pals in May 1980.
“Our babysitter took us out to join my mom’s primary class in Salt Springs,” said Hampton, a physical education teacher at NNEC. “We actually saw Terry running down the highway.”
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Shane Hampton recalls lining the highway near Salt Springs in May 1980 to see Terry Fox run by in his Marathon of Hope. 32 years later, Terry’s legacy is still alive with the Pictou Terry Fox run on Sept. 15 at the Hector Heritage Quay at 2 p.m.
The Terry he’s referring to is none other than Terry Fox, who was in the midst of his cross-Canada Marathon of Hope to raise funds for cancer research.
It was about a year after Hampton saw Terry running on the highway that the Canadian hero succumbed to the disease he was fighting against.
Hampton, along with hundreds of organizers and volunteers, will be continuing Fox’s legacy on Sunday, Sept. 15, with Pictou’s Terry Fox Run.
The community event will take place on Pictou's Jitney trail with registration occurring at the Hector Heritage Quay at 1 p.m. Opening ceremonies will take place at 1:50 p.m. with the run/walk/bike starting at 2 p.m.
There will be live entertainment on the quay during registration.
Hampton, who has participated in the Terry Fox Run all his life, has been involved with the Pictou run for the past four years. He said the committee hasn’t set any goals for this year’s run.
“Last year was phenomenal and we raised $2,500,” he said.
Hampton said people interested in in fundraising have the option of picking up a pledge sheet, available at the Pictou town recreation office, or going online to gather sponsors.
Hampton joins Ann Gunning and Jean Harroun, who have been associated with the Pictou run for several years.
“They’ve been the key figures for the event for a long time,” said Hampton. “Those in New Glasgow are more than welcome to attend the run in Pictou.”
Last year, the New Glasgow run was merged with the Pictou run for what was anticipated to be only that year. It appears that has continued into this year as well.
The idea for a run in Terry’s name was from one of his supporters Isadore Sharp, who contacted Terry in hospital to express his wishes to hold an annual run to raise funds for cancer research. Sharp himself had lost a son to cancer in 1979.
Since 1981, the event has been held every year on the second Sunday following Labour Day. To date, over $600 million has been has raised through the Terry Fox Foundation.
Hampton believes the most important aspect of the run is the act of carrying on Terry’s legacy.
“He’s the greatest Canadian hero,” he said. “He taught us community leadership, physical fitness and personal commitment and motivation.”
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