I aware of this run two years ago when my friend who work in association with some cancer research told me about the run. However, I did not participate in the event at that time. Last year, back to few months back, one of my friends interested to try and join for running event in the soonest time. Therefore, she asked me to join together with her. We tried to look for the recent running event, however in the end of the year, most of the running events had meet the registration deadline earlier. Finally, she found out the "Terry Fox Run" where pre-registration is not required and no participation fee. By supporting to this run, the fund will be raised principally by selling Terry Fox Run T-shirts and from cash donations. My weekends are always filled with activities, however since I do not have any crush event on the running day, therefore without hesitate, I agreed to join the run with her.
Terry Fox Run 2012
Date: 11th November 2012 (Sunday)
Venue: Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur
Distance: 5km (Advanced Route), 3km (Family Route)
T-shirt: RM30 each
The Terry Fox Run is an annual non-competitive charity event held in numerous regions around the world in commemoration of Canadian cancer activist-Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope to raise money for cancer research [Wikepedia]. The run was founded in Canada in year 1981 and the first run in Malaysia was started in year 1990. In year 2012, this marked the 32nd anniversary of the Terry Fox Run held in Malaysia and the beneficiary organization in this year is Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation (CARIF) - the first independent, non-profit cancer research organization in Malaysia.
Who is Terry Fox?
Terry Fox was diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 18 in 1977 and had to have his right leg amputated. Witnessing the suffering of other cancer patients, specifically children, Terry Fox decided to run across his homeland Canada to raise awareness and funds. With his calledjourney "Marathon of Hope", he was able to run a full marathon (42.195km) EVERY single DAY for 143 days (a total distance of 5,373km) before he succumbed to cancer that had spread to his lungs. He passed away a few months later at the age of 21. At that point, the legacy of running in honour of the great man to continue his purpose had been cemented.
For more information of The Terry Fox Foundation, feel free to visit: http://www.terryfox.org.
He is our Hero - Terry
The day before I just back from a sponsored blogger trip in Genting. In the early morning of this running day, me and my friend departed at around 7.30am from our home, took bus to University LRT station followed by LRT continue to Masjid Jamek Station, and from there we walked to Padang Merbok. We are not really sure how the direction to Padang Merbok, however when we get down from LRT, we can see some people who wear the running t-shirt walked toward a direction. We know they are going for the Terry Fox Run as well, therefore we just followed the crowd.
We did not manage to buy the running T-shirt prior the event day. However, the T-shirt is available for selling on the event day as well. When reached in Padang Merbok, we go to the selling booth to get the T-shirt and we changed it in the available mobile toilet. We are ready for the run and wait for the flag off time. The run flag off around 15 minutes later than its expected time.
A self-captured photo of me and my friend before the flag off time.
Here we go for 32nd Terry Fox Run
The runner crowd
We had our leisure run and walk together on that day and we used around 45 minutes to finish the journey. After the run, we walked back to Masjid Jamek LRT station. Before we back home, we had our brunch nearby the area, we dine in Coffee Box Kopitiam, a corner shop which is just opposite McD restaurant and same row with Burger King.
Look for the date of Terry Fox Run in this year. Lets come and support it again, working Together to Outrun cancer :)
nothing is impossible.