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

Watchdog calls for probe into police board spending on ex-Victoria police chief

Police Complaint Commissioner says accountable and transparent review is in public interest

Postal strike affects charities at critical fundraising time

Canadian fundraising professionals and charities join call for fast resolution

Santa’s parade set to light up Victoria

37th Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade rolls down Government Street Saturday

Victoria-based warship rescues two more sea turtles

HMCS Edmonton credited with a turtle rescue earlier in November

VIDEO: Ucluelet Aquarium surveying spread and threat of microplastics

“Plastics never actually go away, they break down to smaller and smaller pieces.”

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 20

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

$90,000 pen from space created by B.C man

The Space pen is made from a meteorite

POLL: Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

The Christmas lights are twinkling and holiday music is playing in local… Continue reading

B.C. woman fined $2,300 for clocking 215 km/hr in Alberta

It’s the highest fine Alberta police have issued

VIDEO: Ucluelet Aquarium surveying spread and threat of microplastics

“Plastics never actually go away, they break down to smaller and smaller pieces.”

South Korean named Interpol president in blow to Russia

South Korea’s Kim Jong Yang was elected as Interpol’s president edging out a longtime veteran of Russia’s security services.

VIDEO: E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce sickens 18 people in Ontario, Quebec

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it’s working with U.S. authorities to determine the source of the romaine lettuce those who got ill were exposed to.

Trump defies calls to punish crown prince for writer’s death

The U.S. earlier sanctioned 17 Saudi officials suspected of being responsible for or complicit in the Oct. 2 killing, but members of Congress have called for harsher actions, including cancelling arms sales.

Most Read