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'It's about continuing his dream': Terry Fox Run not a place for election campaigning, candidates reminded

FILE: Terry Fox running the Marathon of Hope. (Courtesy the Terry Fox Foundation)
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Political candidates are being reminded that the Terry Fox Run isn't a place for campaigning

Organizers say politicians have attended the event before, and add the day is to honour Terry Fox and his dream

The Terry Fox Run is happening across the country on Sunday as candidates campaign ahead of the federal election

PORT COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) – Don’t expect to see candidates campaigning at the Terry Fox Run this weekend.

Organizers are making it clear: the event isn’t a place for election promises.

“We have politicians that do want to come out and be part of the day, but we haven’t offered those kind of speaking opportunities to them,” the BC/Yukon Provincial Director of the Terry Fox Foundation, Donna White, says.

She says local politicians often attend the event, and stresses it’s never been a political platform.

“The day is about Terry, it’s about what he set out to do 39 years ago, it’s about continuing his dream,” White explains. “It’s taking up that torch that he passed to us all as Canadians 39 years ago and continuing to pursue that dream of his, of a world free from cancer.”

The Terry Fox Run is happening across the country on Sunday, including at Vancouver’s Stanley Park and in Fox’s hometown of Port Coquitlam.

You can donate to the Terry Fox Run here.