Cuban News Agency
The slower ones made it to the finish line in front of the Kid Chocolate sports center in Havana either walking or in wheelchairs, half an hour after Radio Reloj radio station gave the signal at 10am this Saturday for the 10th Terry Fox Marathon of Hope to begin simultaneously in some 5000 locations throughout Cuba.
In all 169 municipalities of the country and the tourist resorts of Varadero, Cienfuegos, Ciego de Avila and Holguin, volunteers ran to raise funds for cancer research and pay homage to Terry Fox, who pioneered a cross-Canada run to raise money for this purpose in 1980.
The president and scientific director of Canada’s Terry Fox cancer research center, Victor Ling, and the president of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Michael Chambers, attended the run in Havana.
Cuba’s Marathon of Hope, as Terry Fox’s historic run was originally called, boasts the largest number of participants outside of Canada. Last year over one million people participated for no other prize than the joy of promoting a healthier life style.
Proceeds worth $140,000 from previous Terry Fox Runs in Cuba have been allocated to research at the National Oncology and Radiology Center.