It was a chilly, cloudy morning in George Lane Park in High River on Sunday, September 16, but it didn't stop local runners from gathering to support Terry Fox and cancer research.

This year was the 38th annual Terry Fox run, and event organizer Brenda McCredie's fourth year organizing High River's efforts.

McCredie says the event is personal, not only for herself but for several of the runners who attended.

"I'm just passionate about the Terry Fox Run, my nephew was diagnosed with cancer at 6 months and he's 33 now, and participates every year. It's a really important family event for us."

High River's Terry Fox Run spans 5 kilometres, winding through the town's Happy Trails system.

McCredie says while the weather may have lowered attendance a little, the local run is attended by a hardy band of regulars, and even a runner who is a little shorter in stature.

"We've got our regulars that support us every year, and we even have a regular dog: Marvin, who joins us every year. His owners are away in Newfoundland this year participating in the run, but some friends brought him down this year to run with us."

McCredie says the events storied history has been pivotal in raising funds for cancer research.

"It's about keeping Terry's dream alive, so far the run has raised over 750 million dollars towards cancer research in it's 38 years."

 

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