Terry Fox Run

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 10:00am
Quidi Vidi Lake

Working together to outrun cancer!

On April 12, 1980 Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope right here in Newfoundland Labrador and proceeded to inspire Canada by running a marathon a day. He had an original goal to raise one-million dollars for cancer research but an amazing response in Port aux Basques of a donation of $1 for every person in the community ($10,000) encouraged him to change his goal. He wanted each person in Canada to donate $1 and in the end raise 24 million dollars for cancer research. During a span of 143 days and 5,373 kilometers, the Marathon of Hope took Terry to six provinces where people cheered him on and donated. On September 1 1980, Terry had to stop running as the Cancer had returned in his lungs. Terry was forced to stop running but Canadians from coast to coast continued to raise funds and together achieved his goal. Terry died on June 28, 1981.

Terry’s courageous example has inspired millions to work to find a cure for cancer. Today, 38 years after Terry began his journey, more than one-million people take part in over 9000 Terry Fox Runs in 32 countries around the World and more than seven-hundred and fifty million dollars has been raised for cancer research. 

This year, the Terry Fox Run will take place at Quidi Vidi Lake on Sunday, September 16, 2018. You can register online if you wish at terryfox.ca or just join us on Run day. 

Terry’s wish was that we all come together to help keep his dream of raising money to find a cure for cancer alive. Your participation in the St. John's Terry Fox Run will do just that.