Columbia Valley Terry Fox Run virtual like last year

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This year’s Terry Fox Run, like last year, is virtual. Route markers in Invermere will be up Sep. 19 from JA Laird school up 13th Avenue to the Castle Rock turnoff. “But participants can run wherever then like, at what time they like, right from their front door if they like,” said Invermere Run co-organizer Donna Scheffer in an email.

The fundraiser is going virtual due to the uncertainty of Covid-19 status, vaccination roll-out, lockdowns and restrictions. “[Organizers] decided to be cautious and go with a virtual run, which is somewhat disappointing, but understandable,” Scheffer said.

Participation is encouraged by registering online at www.terryfox.org. And new this year, the Terry Fox Run shirts available for purchase on the foundation’s website (with all proceeds going to charity) feature Métis-inspired art.

The Fox family wanted to learn more about their heritage and their research led them to discover their Métis lineage on Terry’s mother’s side (Betty Fox).

The family liaised with Métis Nation BC (MNBC) to honour their history to create this year’s t-shirt. “The design celebrates Terry’s heritage, with illustrations of traditional Métis floral beading created by Métis artist Mal Blondeau (the Métis are known as the Flower Beadwork People.),” said the MNBC in a press release.

The flowers chosen on the T-shirt design honour the land where Terry’s ancestors lived: the prairie crocus of Manitoba and the wild prairie rose of North Dakota.

James Rose, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Columbia Valley Pioneer

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