When: Saturday August 15, 2020
What: A virtual Terry Fox Trek: One Day. Your Way.
Where: In your area! Find a hike, trail, or a mountain that might replicate the challenge that Mount Terry Fox has to offer.
How: Register as an individual, family or a virtual team – start your fundraising effort!
Why: Because cancer research cannot wait for COVID-19 to be over. Because Terry asked us to try. Because it’s the 40th Anniversary of Terry’s Marathon of Hope.
Mount Terry Fox is located in Valemount, BC. It is an 18km round trip hike, which reaches approximately 6,500 feet in elevation at the summit. Typically, it takes about 11-12 hours to complete the journey and is meant for experienced hikers with a local guide.
While we cannot gather in Valemount this year, we invite you to find a hike/trail in your province that might replicate the route options offered at Mount Terry Fox. While we know it won’t be the exact same, we hope it will be a challenging hike to honour the challenge that Terry faced every day during his Marathon of Hope. The Terry Fox Foundation App will track your movement throughout the day, and will allow you to complete the challenge at your own pace, and how you’d like.
The App will provide motivation, and will hopefully help simulate the real act of climbing Mount Terry Fox. More information will be coming soon.
All three routes will offer different view, different challenges, and different rewards. Have a look below to see which one is right for you.
A cancer survivor’s Trek
It started as an innocent looking email from the Terry Fox Organization. I had participated in the Terry Fox Run as a kid in school, but also more recently for the last 12 years since going through my own cancer journey. I’d never done a hike to the top of a mountain of this magnitude before. I was intrigued. I soon decided I could do this and started a training plan that expanded upon my usual 10k running, but also included going up and down thousands of stairs. None of this training prepared me for the emotional journey I was about to take up Terry Fox Mountain.