ABOUT a thousand cancer-fighters ran around Assiniboine Park Sunday morning in honour of Canada's most famous cancer-fighter, Terry Fox.
The 30th annual run was among Winnipeg's biggest yet, and organizers expect this year's province-wide fundraising tally to be more than $125,000.
"It's for a really good cause. He made such a huge difference for people with cancer," said runner Rebecca Tardiff before the race. "To see someone like that, I figured I could get up at 9:30 a.m. and run."
Tardiff, a regular jogger, was running with her partner Wade Biggin, who joked that he was a little daunted by the 5 km before him, especially since he'd played rugby the day before.
Mayor Sam Katz, who is running for re-election and completed a marathon several years ago, welcomed the crowd wearing his Spandex running gear before he set off with the runners. He said everyone knows someone touched by cancer.
The 5-km run around Assiniboine Park honours the Winnipeg-born Fox, whose cancer-fighting legacy has raised more than $500 million for research. It's held every September across Canada to mark the month Fox was forced to abandon his 143-day cross-Canada run in Thunder Bay because his cancer had returned.
Fox lived here until he was eight, when his family moved to British Columbia. Fox was inducted into Winnipeg's citizen hall of fame earlier this summer.
All the money raised comes solely from runners. There are no corporate sponsors.
Organizer Carissa Nikkel did her first Terry Fox run in school more than a decade ago, and said that even though she wasn't even born during Fox's Marathon of Hope, the old television footage is still an inspiration.