The 8th International Terry Fox Race in Havana registered a record participation of 10,000 people, local press said on Monday.
Nonetheless, taking into consideration the simultaneous races in the 169 municipalities of the island, the number of participants could reach one million.
This athletic event was initiated by Canada’s ambassador to Cuba, Alexandra Bugailiskis, in honor of the young Canadian who 25 years ago raced across his country after having been diagnosed with bone-cancer.
Bugailiskis praised Cubans’ passion for this race, which is the second largest in scale behind the race taking place in Canada to honor Fox.
This year marks the race’s 25th edition, and its celebration on Sunday also marked the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and Cuba.
Terry Fox Race is a charity race, which is aimed at generating awareness among people of the combat against cancer and raising funds for investigations on the disease.
Terry Fox was diagnosed with cancer at 18, and doctors amputated one of his legs. With a prosthesis, Fox planned to run across the country to collect funds for investigations on cancer, but failed to fulfill his goal when he died at 22 after 146 days of race.
Similar races take place in over 50 countries and regions each year.
Cancer is the second cause of death in Cuba, after heart diseases.