By Joanne Rodgers,
Bruce Peninsula Press
The annual Lion’s Head Terry Fox Run will be held on 19 September and welcomes anyone who wishes to walk, run, bike or push a baby stroller; to use whatever mode of movement they desire, to go any distance, to go anywhere. It can be a solitary activity, within your selected bubble, or part of the larger community event, your choice.
First-time organizers excited to carry on the event
First-time organizers Adam and Anna Martens had participated in the Terry Fox Run in previous years, and felt it was a way to combine their love of cycling and running with giving back to the community. They also recognize that cancer has affected many families so felt this event was an important one to continue.
Organizers for 30 years Vicky and Roger Stevens pass the torch
The Martens praised Vicky and Roger Stevens for their dedication to the Terry Fox Run for the last 30 years. They say the Stevens are great mentors and have
generously coached them on organizing this yearly event. Over the 30 years, the Lion’s Head Terry Fox Run has raised approximately $212,000, the Martens says much of the credit for the fundraising efforts goes to the Stevens. Lion’s Head also received The Terry Fox Run 30 year Legacy Award after the 2020 event.
Terry Fox Run goes digital
Persons can register and donate online. The posted blue sign for the Terry Fox Run has a QR code that links straight to the Lion’s Head fundraising page.
Everyone invited to do their own challenge
Adam Martens has a personal fundraising goal of $1,000. He plans to run the classic 10 km route from the Bruce Peninsula District School to Main Street to Isthmus Bay. Anna will swim 2 km from the Lion’s Head Beach to the Lion’s Head Bluff, to a special rock to honour her dad. Participants can choose any place, distance or activity to be part of this event on 19 September, rain or shine.
Fundraising goal set at $10,000
The Martens say in 2020, even with COVID-19, the Lion’ Head Terry Fox Run raised $10,000. They aim to match this sum in 2021. Typically the event draws about 70 to 80 participants but they hope to have 100 participants this year.
T-shirts for sale
T-shirts are available for sale by request or at the event, all proceeds going to the Lion’s Head Terry Fox Run.
Sailboat race donates to the Terry Fox Run
The Lion’s Head Sailboat Race held on the Terry Fox Run event day is organized by Bruce Draper with all fundraising proceeds donated to the Lion’s Head Terry Fox Run. The race is a staggered start, beginning at 10 a.m. and finishing by 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
COVID-19 adds organizational challenges
The Martens acknowledge that COVID-19 has added some challenges to organizing the event. Being virtual added another layer of complexities.
Additionally, they felt it was important to hold an in-person event as it would be preferable to some of the participants and boost fundraising efforts.
Participants wishing to attend an in-person event are invited to meet at the Bruce Peninsula District School at 1 p.m. Current COVID-19 safety protocols will be maintained.
Spectators are invited to attend, but are reminded to practice social distancing.
For further information or to purchase T-shirts, please email: [email protected] or visit Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LionsheadTerryFox