Organised by the Canadian Association, the Terry Fox Run takes place in more than 60 countries across the world, and it is an annual non-competitive run, with two categories – 5km and 10km.
Singapore is one of its destinations and some of the other locations where the run is staged, also include China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Austria and Brazil.
The Singapore run was good and well organised
For many of the 2,000 runners taking part in the 2016 Singapore event which had been held this morning at East Coast Park, it was a well-organised run. Said April Frazer, 34, an investment banker, “I am visiting Singapore this weekend and my friend found out about the run, so I thought, why not take part? After all it’s for a good cause.”
She added, “The run itself was great, with the gorgeous route next to the water and the hydration stations were perfect as well. I really enjoyed myself.”
Added David Blanco Marzoco, 38, a Civil Engineer, “The route was good and though it may have been hot, this is just the typical Singapore weather, so I have no complaints.”
And enjoying the scenic beachside run this morning, had been Llian Williams, 32, a Shipping Lawyer. She said, “I took part because my colleagues were organising a group together to run this race – and I enjoyed it; it was a lovely run by the sea.”
A meaningful charity run to support and raise money for cancer research
However the Terry Fox Run is not simply a race though. It is a meaningful charity run that is held to support and raise money for cancer research – in memory of Terry Fox, a 21-year-old Canadian cancer victim in the 1980s, who had embarked on a quest to run across Canada to raise awareness and money for cancer research in – and ultimately find a cure for the disease. The osteosarcoma (bone cancer) victim had lasted 143 days and 5,373km before he succumbed to cancer.
But his selfless act has since inspired people all over the globe, and from all walks of life to come together – and fulfil his dream of finding a cure for cancer.
An economical run for a good cause
And runners who took part this morning, had truly found the run meaningful as well. Said Ramadoss Balaji, 52, a health care diseases scientist, “The way this run was organised makes it a true charity run – they do not spend money on funfairs and paraphernalia – it was truly an economical run for a good cause.”
He added, “I have taken part in this run three times and it means a lot to me – my mother died of cervical cancer. Cancer is really terrible and it is something that nobody should be suffering from.”
Aynsley Smith, 35, a Teacher at the Canadian International School felt likewise. She said, “I have a family member who passed away from colon cancer, so this cause means a lot to me. I strongly encourage people to undergo checkups every five years for signs of colon cancer.”
Continued Smith, “In fact, this event has been a big part of my life growing up – I have taken part in the Terry Fox Run since I was five years old.”
The morning run had raised about $140,000 in total – for cancer research.
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