Runners the world over will be participating in a 5K run this weekend in honor of the late Terry Fox, a cancer victim.
Cayman Islands Cancer Society celebrates Fox’s iconic Marathon of Hope with a family-friendly 5K fun run Sunday around Camana Bay’s Town Centre.
In 1980, at age 21, Canadian cancer-amputee Fox attempted to run across his country to raise funds for cancer research. While his journey was sadly cut short, his legacy for the cause continues.
Fox ran an average of 26 miles a day for 143 days, covering 3,339 miles, until he was forced to stop when his primary cancer had spread to his lungs.
By February 1981, the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope fund totaled $24.17 million. Terry passed away on June 28, 1981 – one month before his 23rd birthday. But his vision, leadership, courage and hope continue to inspire people of all ages worldwide.
Every year, millions of people in more than 25 countries participate in Terry Fox runs and to date more than $600 million has been raised for cancer research in Fox’s name.
In accordance with Fox’s wishes, there is no entry fee and no minimum donation. The run is non-competitive and open to runners of all ages and abilities.
All proceeds of the run in Cayman will benefit the Cayman Islands Cancer Registry to further data collection and cancer research in the islands.
After the event, runners can relax with a free Tai Chi class on The Crescent led by Sensei Greg Reid from CASK Karate. It is the first in a new weekly series. Classes are every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and are open to all ages and abilities.
Registration can be made online at caymanactive.com or at The Discovery Centre in Camana Bay. Participants are encouraged to download or pick up a pledge sheet to help raise additional money for the registry. Registration opens at 6 a.m. on event day and the race will start at 6:30 a.m. on Market Street.