100 Mile House runs for a cure

Local runners raise $1,600 at annual Terry Fox Run

100 Mile House Terry Fox Run key organizer Shannon Pennicott

100 Mile House Terry Fox Run key organizer Shannon Pennicott

The annual Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research saw some 80 participants set out from the South Cariboo Visitor Centre in 100 Mile House on Sept. 15.

Locally, the event raised a total of $1,600 for cancer research.

“There were lots of families there and a lot of faces I’ve seen there repeatedly. They come out all the time, so it’s really nice to see that,” says organizer Shannon Pennicott.

“For some people it was their first time running five kilometres, and that was awesome, too. It was nice to see a lot of people out there running in honour of their family members.”

Pennicott planned on having a new 10-km route this year, but organizers cancelled that plan citing logistical concerns and lack of interest from participants. People completed the 1.5- and five-km routes instead.

“No one seemed to be interested in doing a 10-km run. It was really hot. I think we’ll keep with the five-km run from now on.

“If someone’s feeling ambitious, they can do it twice. We didn’t hear anything about [the 10-km route being cancelled]. I don’t think it was a big issue in the end.”

Pennicott, 44, is a cancer survivor and did the Terry Fox Run for the first time in 2011. This was her first year organizing the event in 100 Mile House. She plans on organizing it again next year.

“The Terry Fox Foundation is excellent to work with. They have everything so well laid out for you. With the group of volunteers we had that day, it went really smooth.”

Now in its 33rd year, the Terry Fox Run is held in regions all over the world and benefits the Terry Fox Foundation, which has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for cancer research.