Triathlon new addition to Terry Fox Run

Kristina Jarvis
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Marge Nainaar holds Terry Fox in very high esteem.

Ever since she heard about his "Marathon of Hope" to raise money in the fight against cancer, she's wanted to do what she could to help.

Triathlon new addition to Terry Fox Run

Marge Nainaar holds Terry Fox in very high esteem.

Ever since she heard about his "Marathon of Hope" to raise money in the fight against cancer, she's wanted to do what she could to help.

"I saw an ad in the paper asking people if they thought we should continue Terry's Marathon of Hope," she said.

"I thought it was a good idea and that he was an example to the youth."

Sunday will mark the 29th annual Terry Fox Run in Prince Albert. The run will start at 2 p.m. at Prime Ministers' Park on the Harry Jerome Track, while a triathlon will start at Frank Dunn Pool at 10 a.m. the same day. In addition to the run, cancer survivors will be on hand to discuss their stories with those present.

The idea for the Terry Fox triathlon came from former member of the Prince Albert Triathlon Club Greg Sylvester, who died three years ago from natural causes unrelated to cancer. A former cancer survivor, Sylvester often ran a triathlon fundraiser for the Terry Fox Run.

According to current club president Marty Houle, the group decided to continue running the triathlon in memory of Sylvester.

Aside from an adult triathlon, there will also be a children's race for younger triathlon participants.

"He's a good guy to remember," Houle said. "We thought with Greg being a part of the Terry Fox Run and well-known in the community, we should keep that alive."

For Nainaar, who started working on the race in its first year, the most important part of the day isn't the run, but the money that is raised for cancer research.

"Without research, we wouldn't know how to cure it," she said. "If each family in Prince Albert gives $2, we would have a lot of money for research."

She also said that next year the Terry Fox Run would hold a 30th anniversary celebration.

Organizations: Prince Albert Triathlon Club Greg Sylvester

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