Terry Fox Run back in Alberta as thousands run in support of cancer research

Across the country on Sunday, thousands of Canadians laced up their running shoes and pounded the pavement for the 42nd Terry Fox Run.  The annual fundraiser for cancer

research was back in person, and across the province, Albertans ran once again in honour of the Canadian legend.  In Edmonton, more than 800 people ran to raise money and

awareness for cancer research.   The crowd in the capital was smaller than past years, but still an impressive turn out as the city continues to deal with the pandemic,

according to organizers.  "It's like a family reunion, you know?" said Edmonton organizer Darrin Park. "Everybody sees everybody again … it's like meeting your old

year old friends, like a high school reunion." Honouring loved ones, survivors Crowds were even bigger in Calgary, with more than 1500 runners. People of all ages — along

with some furry friends — ran, biked and walked the race. Many, like Tommy Dominique, said they were thinking of loved ones. "My grandfather, he died of cancer in

2012, so that's one of my main motivations," Dominique said. "He was up in my thoughts when I did that last [kilometre]."   For others, it's a reminder they

survived, like Don Cowie, who lost his leg to cancer. "It's a big day in the year for me because I went through the same thing that Terry did," he said, adding he's run

almost every year since the fundraiser began. Some who knew Fox before his passing, like his friend Ken Larson, also turned out. Larson spoke to the crowd in Calgary ahead

of the race, and said his friend is still an inspiration not just in Canada but worldwide.