Sunday, November 07, 2010

Terry Fox Run KL 2010

Terry Fox Run KL 2010

It all started when Terry Fox was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) in his right leg in 1977 and had his leg amputated 15 cm (six inches) above the knee. While in hospital, Terry was so overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients that he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He called his journey the Marathon of Hope.

Then, last Sunday, the run was held at the Taman Tasik Titiwangsa KL where just anyone can participate in the run for the same cause - funding for cancer research. The Terry Fox Foundation is responsible for supporting close to $20 million in discovery based research each year in Canada - all monies raised outside Canada must be distributed to (a) an institute approved by the Foundation and its advisors or (b) remitted to Canada.

It started at around 9am and you can see the whole field has been filled with the people in blue T-shirts. These T-shirts are sold at RM25 a piece to raise funds for the foundation. If you go early, you can help yourself with some bananas to give you the energy you'll need for the run. Mineral water is also provided.

There are 2 routes - 3.5km and 5km and no prize for guessing which route I took! Hey, I'm not a runner and I'm no sportswoman k? Of course I took the shorter route. The best thing is, you can even choose to run, walk, cycle or rollerskate. I can see some parents walking with the baby in the strollers and some roller skaters. There were just too many people and it's nearly impossible to run because you'll be halting every 1 or 2 metres.

NTV 7 used this opportunity to promote it's run in July 2011. Gosh that's still a long way to go. But if you're into all these, there's one more event coming up on 21st Nov 2010 at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa from 6.30am - 11.03am which is in conjunction of World Walking Day. More details here. You might just spot me there!

After the run, participants are given water, muffins from Hilton and Gardenia bread. There's also a Milo van but lo and behold, you see that line in the picture?!!! It's from one end of the field to the other. The queue was crazy but I managed to sneak up to Emily and got a cup without having to queue too long. In short - yes I cut queue! (I don't usually do that but for Milo, I might do it once in a while!)

~Dreams are made possible if you try~
Terry Fox


uLi.佑莉 said...

You participated this, cool! =)

suituapui said...

Ya, I know that guy's story. Very inspiring. You took part? Good...good! Good to have events as such - help raise awareness. Thumbs up!

Sean said...

respect! i don't think i have the stamina even for 1 kilometer =D

Dennis Ong said...

wah~ *thumbs up* i didn't know it was on last sunday... =p

3.5km... is a good start.... =)

who knows later we'll be seeing you running 10km!

eiling lim said...

Uli: yeap! I can wake up one!

STP: Thanks! I feel so encouraged now!

Sean: Yes you can. How come you still so slim one?

Dennis: Thanks. I definitely will!

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