02.11.08 - Terry Fox Run, Lake Gardens

For those who are not familiar with the Terry Fox Run, it's a marathon conducted to raise money for cancer research in different countries (in this case, Malaysia).

The story starts with Terry Fox, who was an active teenager in sports, discovered that he had bone cancer at the age of 18. The disease forced him to have his right leg amputated. He then obtained a mechanical leg and decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research and awareness of the disease itself.

After 143 days of running, Terry was forced to stop because cancer had appeared in his lungs. After some time, he passed away. He was only 22.

To date, more than 400 million USD have been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry's name through the annual Terry Fox Run, held across Canada and other parts of the world. This year marks the 19th time the event has been organised in Malaysia.

To participate in the run, I just had to buy the T-Shirt (RM25) which were on sale even during the day of the run. What suprised me most about the run was the amount of people that turned up. To be honest, I did not expect that much of a crowd. There were companies that joined as a whole including, Shell, Petronas, Accenture and Green Packet.

Yasmin Yusoff kicked off the event with her loud-early-morning voice.

The route is supposedly 5km long. And me being as unfit as I am, managed to do the whole 5km without taking a break (hehe). I'm really glad I did it though since it's for a good cause.

Plus, Ida Nerina (from the Amazing Race Asia Season 3) was also there for the run. We managed to snap a pic with her. :-)


2 comment(s):

Nick Phillips said...

Gee, I just posted something on not having motivation to run and I stumble on this post about Terry Fox and it makes me feel like such a whiner!

Sriyany said...

Hey it's never to late to start running again! Go back to what inspired you to run in the first place :)

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