BY ANDREW SMITH
NORTH PERTH - The hope must go on.
That’s the feeling of local Terry Fox Run organizer Jim McCutcheon as the community approaches the 31st North Perth event on Sept. 16. McCutcheon, organizing the event for the seventh year now, says it’s important to continue the message that Terry Fox started in 1980 with the Marathon of Hope
“I just like that it’s a community event, it’s a great day to bring your family out,” he said. “I’m happy telling my kids and students at school, I think it’s a story that needs to be told.”
McCutcheon says he wants to keep raising money for cancer research, which the community has generously done in the past 31 years of the event by raising $231, 631.78. McCutcheon said there are usually 150-200 people registered on the day of the event, and hopes that number goes up each year.
“I’d like to see more, it’s an easy event to go in,” McCutcheon said. “There’s no minimum donation, that’s the great thing about it.”
McCutcheon said he’d like to break the misconception that the event is competitive, and a wide range of participation is welcomed by all residents.
“You can walk, you can bike, whatever you want,” he said. “It’s just an event you can run if you want.”
There are a number of routes ranging in distance from five km to 12 km to suit all those who want to take part on North Perth’s trail system.
“It’s hard with our trail system to make a looped route that’s exactly 10 km,” McCutcheon said. “It’s just a variety of trails.”
People are encouraged to pick up their 2012 Terry Fox Run T-shirts before the Sept. 16 event, available at the Anchor Pub starting at 7 p.m. on Sept. 6, and all day at the Listowel TD Canada Trust location on Sept. 14. T-shirts can also be purchased by contacting McCutcheon at 519-291-2104.