The following press release was sent to Comox Valley Guide this afternoon from the Comox Valley Regional District:

The Terry Fox Run, a charity event held in memory of Canadian athlete and cancer activist Terry Fox’s legendary ‘Marathon of Hope’ in 1980, will be held on September 13th starting at the Florence Filberg Centre on Anderton Road in Courtenay.Organized by the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), City of Courtenay and Town of Comox, the charity run raises funds to support cancer research.

“This is a chance for people of all ages and abilities to participate in a leisure activity and fundraise for a worthwhile cause,” said Jennifer Dickins, manager of recreation programs for the CVRD. “Many of our lives have been touched in some way by this disease and holding this event honors the memory of Terry Fox and continues his fight against cancer.”

The runs also emphasize the importance of exercise and living a healthy lifestyle. Recent studies at the University of Iowa have shown that there is evidence that increasing physical activity is associated with lower rates of certain cancers, and, particularly, that high levels of physical activity can work to prevent colon, breast, prostate, lung and uterine cancer.

Registration will begin at 9:00 am on race day. There is no fee to participate; however, donations are greatly appreciated. The run of two, five and 10 kilometers can be covered by running, cycling, rollerblading or any other non-motorized way you can come up with. Route maps will be available and since this is not a race, everybody is a winner.

The first Terry Fox Run in 1981 attracted 300,000 participants across Canada and raised $3.5 million. To date, more than $400 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry’s name through the annual Terry Fox Run, held across Canada and around the world.

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is a partnership of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing nearly 60,000 residents with 85 services — from parks to full-service sports facilities to a solid waste system that serves both the CVRD and the Strathcona Regional District