There was no band, no warm-up exercises, no after-run treats and no cyclists at North Shore Park in Port Elgin but, despite the 40th annual Terry Fox Run going virtual due to COVID-19, September 20th was a ‘One Day, Your Way’ and, for some, it was still a chance to walk or run in Port Elgin (Saugeen Shores).
The day started with MC Geordie Farrell in a live Facebook broadcast about her late husband, Earl and his battle with cancer and a virtual warm-up by Holly Vanderzwet of Fitness Corner.
For the eighth consecutive year, more than 12 Team Wakeling family members, from as far away as Georgetown and Muskoka, traveled to take part together. There would have been more taking part but some from the United States could not attend this year due to the border closing. The family walks in memory of Sandy Wakeling and, today, Team Leader M.J. Thompson announced that the family had raised $4,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation.
Bob and Michele Hunter participated in the Terry Fox Ride of Hope on August 22nd this year, and biked 40 km. The couple fundraised and made $355 between them for that event and, for the Sunday run, the couple made a personal donation.
Jennifer O’Reilly and her team also took part in the walk along the lakeshore. O’Reilly, a cancer survivor, was the keynote speaker at last year’s (2019) Terry Fox Run in Port Elgin.