Expo 2020 Dubai to host Terry Fox Run

The cancer research event is returning to Dubai in February

 

Terry Fox Run, which raises funds and awareness for cancer research is returning to Dubai to mark World Cancer Day, on February 5. Expo 2020 Dubai will be hosting the event this year and will be the final event of Expo 2020 Dubai’s Health and Wellness Week. The very first Terry Fox Run in Dubai took place in 1994.

Terry Fox was a Canadian university student who lost his leg to cancer and had a goal to run across Canada, to raise awareness and cancer research funds in 1980. Unfortunately as he was unable to finish his journey across Canada, when his cancer returned, people ran in his honor. Ever since then Terry Fox Run has become an annual fundraising sporting event with more than 33 countries across five continents participating.

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The run is said to take place through the country pavilions at Expo, and is open to all ages and abilities. As per tradition, the noncompetitive run, will be 3 or 5km distance, where participants can choose to walk or run. In tribute to his heritage, the Terry Fox Run will start and end at Jubilee Park, next to the Canadian Pavilion.

The registration for the Terry Fox Run is Dhs100 per person and free for children aged 11 years and younger, and is said to begin at 7.30am. Registrations for the event close on Thursday February 2. And the participants are in for a surprise! They will receive three Expo 2020 entry tickets, giving them full access to the world’s greatest show.

All net proceeds from registration will be donated to cancer research projects in the UAE, and approved by the Terry Fox Foundation.

 

Contributed by Nishitha Rachel.

 

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