(From left to right) Len Stroh, Patti Olson and Jim Cessford are three of the organizers for this year’s North Delta Terry Fox Run. (Grace Kennedy photo)

North Delta Terry Fox Run returning to Sungod

Renovations at the North Delta Recreation Centre have the event returning to its former home

The Terry Fox Run is returning to Sungod after two years at the North Delta Recreation Centre.

“Because of renos, we’re going back to our original [home] Sungod,” explained event organizer Patti Olson.

Olson has been organizing the Terry Fox Run in North Delta for over 20 years, taking the event over from the City of Delta in the mid-1990s along with a core group of seven other people.

“When I was in the school system [as a teaching assistant], we always used Terry Fox as the beginning of the year to inspire kids to dream big and to follow through,” Olson said. “It’s just something I think is super important that the new kids coming up would always hear. Just to keep the Terry Fox dream alive.”

Over the years, North Delta’s Terry Fox Run has been able to help do that, raising an average of $10,000 annually for cancer research.

And this year Olson is hoping to do the same, if not raise more.

The run, taking place on Sept. 16, will leave from Sungod Recreation Centre and travel through North Delta on one-kilometre, five-kilometre and 10-kilometre routes. The event will also feature a pancake breakfast provided by the Delta Fire Department after the race, beginning around 11:30 a.m.

Olson is hoping to see more teams come out to this year’s event, “like sports teams or community teams or business teams to do the run as a group,” she said, sitting in a coffee shop with fellow organizers Len Stroh and Jim Cessford.

“I just think it’s a better feel.”

Of course, not everything is set in stone for the Sept. 16 run. Although she’s hoping to get the usual 300 participants, there won’t be a firm number until people register on site the day of. And the team isn’t sure who will be speaking at the event this time.

Cessford, Delta’s former police chief and currently a candidate for mayor under the Independents Working for You banner, spoke at last year’s event about his daughter, who was diagnosed with T-cell leukemia when she was 18-months old. Now 32, she is considered completely cured, Cessford said.

Cessford won’t be speaking at this year’s event, and the organizing committee isn’t sure who will take up the role.

“We don’t have [a speaker] yet,” Olson explained, “so we’re working on that.”

“The sad part of it is that there’s too many people to choose from,” Cessford added. “I mean, if we had to search for somebody to speak because we couldn’t find anybody that had dealt with cancer, that would be a good news story.”

“That’s our ultimate goal,” Olson agreed. “Not to find a speaker.”

The North Delta Terry Fox Run will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16 at Sungod Recreation Centre (7815 112th St.). The race starts at 10 a.m., and participants are asked to arrive for registration at 9 a.m.



editor@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Tank crushing a hit at Cloverdale Legion open house

The open house featured military vehicles, games and a barbecue along with the tank crushing

City hopes Surrey’s new energy centre will be ‘a window’ into sustainability

Facility’s goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

PHOTOS: Packed Cloverdale Market Days

Don’t miss the next Market Days on July 27

Rocky Mountain high: Surrey’s Burzan picked in NHL draft by Colorado Avalanche

Guildford-raised forward currently in WHL with Brandon Wheat Kings

VIDEO: Surrey’s former Flamingo Hotel goes out with a bang

The Flamingo opened in July 1955 as a motor hotel with 20 rooms

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Man presumed dead after boat capsizes in Columbia River

Search and rescue efforts recovered a life jacket

Crews fight wildfire along Sea-to-Sky Highway

A cause has not been determined, although a downed power line is suspected

PHOTOS: Event marks one year since soccer team rescued from Thai cave

Nine players and coach took part in marathon and bike event to help improve conditions at cave

Rock climber dies after fall at Stawamus Chief in Squamish

The man had fallen about 30 metres while climbing in the Grand Wall area

Five B.C. students taken to hospital after playing with vaping device

School district said students were taken to hospital ‘out of an abundance of caution’

Being a pot dealer is not what it used to be

Sunday Big Read: the business of selling marijuana in B.C. is a slow bureaucratic slog

VIDEO: Two more pride flags have been stolen from Langley woman

Lisa Ebenal was “angry” and “fed up” after the latest theft. Then people started showing suppport

B.C. couple who has raised 58 children turns to community amid cancer diagnosis

Family who raised, fostered and adopted many kids hoping to gain some precious together time to fight cancer

Most Read