Marathon of Hope: the most famous run on Canadian soil

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This story is part of an Olympic.ca series on running called Canada Runs.

Looking into Canada’s running history, one figure still towers over all when it comes to capturing the nation’s heart, igniting a sense of unity and selflessness.

Terry Fox wasn’t an Olympian, nor was he running to collect medals or accolades. He simply wanted to raise funds for cancer research. Despite that disease robbing him of his right leg, Fox thought the best way he could reach his fundraising goals would be to run across the world’s second largest country.

Thus began the Marathon of Hope nearly 35 years ago. It is simply the nation’s most famous run, and remains to this day an example to Canadians of bravery and purpose. Thanks to one of its greatest citizens, Canada runs every year to keep Fox’s legacy alive.

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