What can I say Whitehorse, you continue to amaze me.
On July 10, 1980, six weeks before Terry Fox was forced to stop his run he said, “Even if I don’t finish we need others to continue. It’s got to keep going.”
On Sunday, September 19, a record 330 of you came out in support of the 30th anniversary of the Terry Fox Run, and what a celebration it was.
First, what more can be said about the incredible weather?
The fall colours, bright blue sky and SS Klondike were the perfect backdrop for the event.
Thanks to Adam Thompson for taking time out of his schedule to ensure everyone was warmed up properly.
Thanks to Whitehorse for setting up the tents and tables and to the SS Klondike staff for being so hospitable.
Thanks to Pat Fortier for sharing her courageous and honest story with us and inspiring everyone in attendance.
Thanks to the BBQ crew for cooking up the delicious M&M burgers and Starbucks for the hot coffee and Northland Beverages for the water.
Thanks to Skookum Asphalt for the generous donation that made the event the success it was.
Thanks to Andrea Burgoyne for her lovely music ability and donating her time to put on a free concert for all the participants, and the Yukon Arts Centre for the sound system that made it happen.
Thanks to Jennifer Moorlag and the amazing team of volunteers that made my job very easy and the event run smoothly.
And especially thanks to you, the participant, for opening up your wallet, lacing up your runners and rollerblades and celebrating Terry Fox and his incredible legacy.
More than 500 million dollars has been raised through the Terry Fox Foundation and the $9,200 we sent from Whitehorse to the foundation this year is a big part of that.
See you next year!
George Maratos, organizer
Whitehorse Terry Fox Run