media release

SFU campuses step up for Terry Fox

September 13, 2011

Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.9017;

Students, staff and faculty at all three Simon Fraser University campuses will run and walk in the spirit of Terry Fox on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

SFU’s Surrey campus is joining the event this year while the Vancouver campus community will continue a tradition of walking from Harbour Centre to the Terry Fox Statute at B.C. Place.

Meanwhile the course is being set for the 11th annual run/walk in Burnaby, where last year more than 1,100 participants joined SFU President Andrew Petter and raised more than $11,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation.

SFU’s Burnaby campus activities begin at 11:15 am in Convocation Mall with team check-in and individual registration.

The Terry Fox Gold Medal award ceremony begins at 11:40 am in Convocation Mall. The medal is awarded annually to a student who demonstrates courage in the face of adversity.

This year’s recipient is Casey Ruff, who has struggled with the effects of head injuries after a rodeo accident 10 years ago. Despite that he maintains a high grade point average as an SFU biomedical physiology and kinesiology student.

After a brief warm-up participants will be piped to the Terry Fox Statue in the AQ, where the 4.4-km run and 2.8-km walk will begin at 12 noon. The student SFU Club for the Cure will host post-run activities in Convocation Mall.

This year marks the first official SFU Surrey Terry Fox walk/run. Participants will meet at the Mezzanine at 11:30 am and walk over to Holland Park, adjacent to the Surrey campus, where courses have been laid out. Teams from science to arts and social sciences are already taking shape.

In Vancouver participants, who normally walk to the Terry Fox statue at B.C. Place, will walk to the Olympic cauldron as the new statue is not complete. They’ll gather at 2 p.m.


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