Zoe Routh, an ex pat Canadian who has lived in Canberra for the past 15 years has vowed to rescue the Canada Fun Run which for the past 20 years has raised funds for the Cancer Council ACT.
“Until this year the run, inspired around the world by Canadian Terry Fox, has been supported by the Canadian High Commission, but as a cancer survivor and an enthusiastic runner, I couldn’t bear to see the demise of this important fund raising event when the High Commission decided not to continue with the run,” says Zoe.
“I have a certain resonance with the old Terry Fox runs and have run the race here for the last decade. I was very proud of the Canadian High Commission’s support of the Canberra community and I want to see that legacy continued,” she adds.
Zoe Routh was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2005 and is very appreciative of the treatment she received in Canberra. “Even when I was undergoing chemotherapy that year, I managed to walk the course. Now that I am well I understand how important it is to receive the support given by organisations such as the Cancer Council and so I, with my husband Rob and friends Lisa Moore and Dwayne Currie, are continuing this wonderful Canadian tradition.”
The 10 km run will take place on Sunday 17 July over a picturesque Mt Stromlo course and will retain much of the Canadian flavour that participants have previously enjoyed. There is also a 5km walk or run option starting at 10.30am and there will be lots of spot prizes at the finish line.
Zoe who proudly shares her birthday with Canada Day on 1 July says “Whilst I can’t promise the Mounties will be there I can assure participants that the syrup on the pancakes served at the finish line will be dripping in real Canadian maple syrup. But really the sweetest taste for runners will be knowing that by competing in this run they will raise much needed funds for cancer sufferers in the ACT. And that’s worth running for.”
DATE: Sunday 17 July – 10.00am (10km), 10.30am (5km)
WHERE: Stromlo Forest Park, Uriarra Rd, STROMLO – grass running race track
RACE: 10km run & 5km run/walk
COST: $20 for individuals, $50 for families
GOODIES: Pancakes, fruit and spot prizes
CONTACT: Zoe Routh – 0416 177 073
Lisa Meares – Manager Fundraising Events, Cancer Council ACT
Ph – 6257 9999