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Park route named for Fox

MARIO BARTEL/NEWSLEADER

Barbara Harris, the site coordinator for the Terry Fox Run in Burnaby, has reason to be excited about this year's event, as the Parks Commission has approved to name the run's path through Central Park The Terry Fox Route.

By Wanda Chow

NewsLeader Staff

Aug 19 2005

A five-kilometre route in Central Park will be officially named the Terry Fox Route to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the one-legged runner's Marathon of Hope, the Burnaby parks commission decided Wednesday

"Well, I was thrilled," said Barbara Harris, site coordinator of the Burnaby Terry Fox Run, who approached the commission with the idea

"It's an honour to be involved in any way with Terry Fox as far as I'm concerned," Harris said

The route, comprised of existing paths, trails and parkways, will be marked with kilometre distance points and set out a circuit accessible from the four corners of the park

Harris noted that the move saves her, and organizers for other charity runs, from having to rush around marking out the route just hours before their events as their agreement with the city doesn't allow them to post signs in advance

It will also prevent problems of run participants being directed the wrong way, she added

The decision is particularly fitting, she said, because this year is the 25th anniversary of Fox's run across the country to raise money for cancer research. The effort was aborted when the young runner's cancer returned and he died at age 22. More than $360 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Fox's name, said a city staff report.

"Any time that we have an opportunity to recognize the sacrifice, the work, the heroic journey that Terry Fox took on behalf of Canadians, we should take advantage of it," said parks commission member Coun. Sav Dhaliwal, in an interview

Calling the move the least the city could do, Dhaliwal said Fox "was very much synonymous with jogging across and running across the country. Any trail in that sense would be quite appropriate to name after Terry Fox

"It's just, from my perspective, a very small appreciation for what Terry Fox did for Canadians.

Meanwhile, organizing efforts for the Burnaby Terry Fox Run continue.

The event takes place Sunday, Sept. 18 starting at Swangard Stadium with registration at 9 a.m. and opening ceremonies at 10 a.m.

There is no registration fee, just collection and donation of pledges, and people can walk, run, roll or wheelchair as they wish.

Harris stressed that, while avid runners can time themselves on the 10-, five- and two-kilometre routes, the focus of the run is on participation, not competition. "We have a start and a finish line but it's there for looks," she said with a laugh

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