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We Run Whistler hosting unofficial Terry Fox group run

The local runner's group hopes that having a casual group run available will encourage more people to take part in the fundraiser for the Terry Fox Foundation
Terry Fox
Terry Fox on June 28, 1980 in Ontario, one year to the day before he died.

For the second year in a row, there won’t be an official in person Terry Fox Run in Whistler.

Usually, the fundraising event is hosted by the Four Seasons, but with the pandemic still lingering, it was decided it would be best to stick with the virtual format for the run they used in 2020.

However, for those who were hoping to participate in a group event to raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation this year, you’re in luck.

We Run Whistler is hosting a group run Sunday, Sept. 19 starting at Lost Lake PassivHaus at 10 a.m.

“We run weekly as a group anyway, so it seemed like a good way to encourage more participants to take part in the Terry Fox Run if we offered a casual in person group run option,” said Louise O’Brien, We Run Whistler co-founder.

The five- or eight-kilometre fun run around the Lost Lake Loop can be walked, ran, or biked and is open to anyone of all ages.

Participants can donate, or register to run, online at or in person before the run gets underway. People who would like to participate in the Terry Fox Run but who would prefer to do it on their own, can register here, and are free to plan their own route for their run on Sunday.

There will be a group warm up at 9:45 a.m. outside the PassivHaus with the run starting at 10. After the run, at approximately 11:15, there will be a Terry Fox trivia contest for participants with the idea behind it being to encouraging people to learn more about Terry Fox, according to O'Brien.

Many local businesses including Four Seasons Resort, Sidecut Steakhouse, Braidwood Tavern, Lululemon and Creekside Market have donated prizes for correct answers in the trivia contest.

For more information on how to get involved with We Run Whistler’s group run visit the event’s Facebook page.

If you would prefer to do a virtual run on your own, you can