If not in body, then definitely in spirit does Terry Fox continue to run in Lloydminster for a good cause. The turnouts may not be as great as some years have been in the past, but the run organizers are still part of a very important event that takes place yearly, and is something which really touches lives in a meaningful way.
Les Korn, co-ordinator of this run, said he believes this run has been part of the fabric of life in Lloydminster for 20 years. When asked about this year’s turnout for the run, he said, “You are always hoping for as many as possible, but this year we had a little under 50 participants, which is a little low.”
Korn said they were hoping to double the number of participants they received.
“That’s OK, it’s wonderful to have anybody come out to support Terry Fox,” he said. “It’s a five-kilometre run today, and it’s a beautiful day for it.” A cool breeze kept people moving and the movement kept them warm.
“In Lloydminster, we’ve raised anywhere between five to 10 thousand dollars typically every year. We are hoping to reach that same amount this year,” Korn said.
“The most important thing that Terry always made it clear to everybody, anybody who would raise a dollar was part of the Marathon of Hope. Everybody out here has made a donation of some sort that we’re more than happy with.”
When it came to the topic of sponsorship, Korn said that they did have local businesses support them with oranges and the like, as well as tables.
“We are very thankful that those people were able help us out,” Korn said. “Everything helps because the Terry Fox Foundation is very important – the majority of the money goes for research and currently they average 84 cents out of every dollar goes directly to research.”
What does that mean?
Korn answered that by saying, “That’s making people’s lives better, it’s making people live longer, and that’s where the money really should go.”
They also take good care of those who come out to support them. “You have to have refreshments, stated Korn. “People like to have the refreshments before – we had the hot chocolate and coffee machine going this year, because last year was a little cool.”
Saying that for some people five kilometres is a long distance to run, “Typically, we’ve averaged 50 people, maybe 100 people, of course we are competing with other charities as well.”
With more growth in Lloydminster, more charities are coming out with walks of their own. “We are more than happy that Lakeland College really helped us out this year,” said Korn.
Talking about the Rowdy Run the college completed the day before, “Part of their money is going to scholarships, but they are also making a donation to the Terry Fox Foundation, so we are very thankful to them this year.”