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Co-organizers of the 31st annual Terry Fox Run in South Delta, Mike and Gail McEwan, are joined by Muscle Memory owner Rob Gillespie to promote the fundraising event that starts and finishes Sept. 18 at Rotary Square in Tsawwassen. Philip Raphael photo

Inspiring run

Local Terry Fox Run organizers hoping to raise profile of annual fundraiser


ow do you top last year's 30th anniversary of the Terry Fox Run? Talking to the organizers of the 31st edition in South Delta, there's room to make the annual cancer fundraiser bigger and better here, and it all comes back to Terry Fox's dream. "Last year, (the run's 30th anniversary) was a big success and will continue to be as long as we get local community support, and it's about the numbers," says Mike McEwan who along with wife and co-chair Gail, and Rob Gillespie, owner of Tsawwassen's Muscle Memory Fitness are organizing event on Sept. 18. "Terry initially said his goal was $1 from every Canadian. So, his initial was not huge sponsorship from any one person, but everybody joining Philip together collecRaphael tively to make a difference. What we're trying to do is bump up the numbers, keep the dream alive so that, as he said, 'the hurting must stop.' That's what we're about." Mike, a principal at Vancouver's Edith Cavell Elementary school said that early in his teaching career Fox did his run, "So that was always a part of, from day one, what we did in school. Since then I haven't missed a school Terry Fox Run and my school will do it again this year. "Of course, cancer touches everybody's family," he adds. "And if it hasn't, it more than likely will. So, this is almost like a bit of insurance." A few years ago the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen took over the reins to organize the South Delta run. That's where Rotarian Gail McEwan got involved and got to know Ladner's Samantha Mattersdorfer who battled

cancer and raised significant funds for the run over the years. She passed away last year, not long after the 30th annual run, and it's her spirit, Gail says, that captured her heart and harnessed her determination to raise the South Delta run's profile. "We would like to make it more of an event than just a run," Gail says. This year's prime goal is to elevate the particpation. Last year there were roughly 125 runners lacing up their shoes for the 5 km and 10 km run/ walk. "We would certainly like to move it up to 250, 300 or more," Mike says. "And certainly, from this community, that's not an unreasonable expectation. This a great cause and Terry Fox is a great role model." "I think a lot of people don't know it's happening here," says Gillespie who is helping out with spreading the word on social media (there is a facebook page for the South Delta Terry Fox Run). "So, we are really trying to raise the awareness of that get businesses involved and that way it will definitely grow through friends as well as families." From his fitness studio alone, Gillespie is hoping to bring out around 50 people. "If we manage to do that, getting that 300 number won't be too hard," he adds. "It's a family event, we want it to be fun and will have entertainment on site before and after, some food and refreshments when the runners come back and hopefully some draw prizes," says Mike. The 5 km and 10 km walk/run starts at Rotary Square at the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall at 10 a.m. on Sept. 18. Registration is 8:30 a.m. There is no entry fee or minimum donation. Early registration can be done at Muscle Memory, The Run Inn, Delta Printers and Budget Foods. For more information, email

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