BCSS students and staff participated in the school’s inaugural Terry Fox Run last Thursday, with a sizeable group either walking or running their choice of two designated routes.
Prior to the run, B.C. Teachers’ Federation representative Norm Sabourin spoke to the participants about Fox’s legacy and how his courage has inspired millions across the country to raise money for cancer research since his death in 1981. Running close to a marathon (42 km) each day, Fox’s “Marathon of Hope” came to an end after 143 days, when it was discovered that cancer had spread from his bones to his lungs. He was forced to cut his ambitious journey short and died ten months later.
BCSS principal Bo Macfarlane was pleased with the event and looks forward to an even better turnout next year.
“This was our first Terry Fox run at BCSS, and, for a first time, it went very well,” said Macfarlane. “The students were asked for a minimum donation of $2, and, while we don’t have the official numbers yet, it does appear our students were once again compassionate and generous.”
Participants in the event had a choice of two routes. The so-called “recreational route” was 1.5 km, with a longer 4.3 km course available to those looking for a more strenuous workout.
Students were provided with an added incentive of prizes for the fastest finishers. All participants received a complimentary snack, while the top three finishers in the 4.3km run received gift certificates from local eatery Bored Room Bistro.
First place overall went to grade 8 student Erich Christison, while the top three female finishers were Jade Zitko, Olivia Baia and Pattie Kirschner and the top male finishers were Erich Christison, Robert McClaren and Ronnie Punno.