Runners, walkers gear up for Victoria’s Terry Fox Run

The 35th annual event begins and starts at Mile 0 in Victoria

More than 1,000 runners and walkers are expected at this Sunday’s (Sept. 14) Terry Fox Run in Victoria.

The run starts at Mile 0 and the route goes along Dallas Road to St. Charles Street then loops back to Mile 0.

The entire route is five kilometres, though some people choose to do the route twice, said Doug Lamb, organizer of the run. Participants can walk or run the route at their leisure.

Besides the run, the event includes the Terry Fox Great Canadian Hair Do, organized by Linda Johnstone. Every year, 20 to 30 firefighters from Victoria, Saanich, Esquimalt and Oak Bay come to have their heads shaved, said Johnstone.

However, going bald is not required. If hair is at least 10 inches long and is untreated, it can be cut off and donated to make wigs for cancer patients. Two seven-year-old girls have already signed up to cut off their hair on Sunday.

“One girl’s grandma has cancer,” said Johnstone, adding the girl wanted to do something to help her grandma. “In two days she raised $500, and the other night she had over $695.”

Another man has been growing his hair for four years to have it shaved in honour of Terry Fox. Pre-registration for the Hair Do event is not required, but those interested can contact Linda Johnstone at 250-477-6545.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday and the run starts at 10:30 a.m. Head shaving and hair cutting will take place before and during the run.

There is no registration fee for the Terry Fox Run and no minimum donation. Organizers are still looking for volunteers to be course marshals along the route. Those interested are asked to call Doug Lamb at 250-480-2868 or Graham Lamb at 250-884-2883.

Just Posted

Police seek potential victims of bad ‘nanny’

Saanich Police seek potential victims of Johnathon Lee Robichaud from Central Saanich

Needles found at Goldstream campground in Langford

West Shore RCMP respond to several calls for service associated with homeless campers

Oak Bay firefighters help fund new Monterey playground

Sausage Fest cash handed over to Monterey PAC

Paving complete, lines coming to the Malahat this week

$34 million safety project is 95 per cent complete with hope to relieve traffic congestion between Victoria and Nanaimo

Only tent city residents allowed access at Goldstream Park campsites

Local RCMP point to reports of criminal activity and drug use in the area as cause for safety concerns

Neighbours fear impact of tent city residents on Goldstream Provincial Park

Langford residents opposed to campers voice concerns at campground gate

5 things to do this weekend in and around Greater Victoria

Sooke Apple Fest returns, Saanich lights up with lantern festival and anarchists unite for downtown book fair

B.C. premier apologizes for removal of 1950s totem pole at Canada-U.S. border

First Nations say pole was raised at Peace Arch but removed to make way for tourism centre

Tornado touches down in Ottawa and Gatineau, Que.

Environment Canada says cars and homes have been damaged by severe thunderstorms and high wind gusts

An unexpected sight: Bear spotted eating another bear in central B.C.

Cheslatta Carrier Nation Chief finds bear eating another bear’s carcass

RCMP confirm death of missing BC teen Jessica Patrick

No details on cause were given. Case is under criminal investigation and police are asking for tips.

CUTENESS OVERLOAD: 2 sea otters hold hands at the Vancouver Aquarium

Holding hands is a common – and adorable – way for otters to stay safe in the water

B.C. teen with autism a talented guitarist

Farley Mifsud is gaining fans with every performance

Most Read