DUBAI – Some came on foot, some rode bicycles and a few glided on roller blades to be part of the 14th Terry Fox Run Dubai at Mamzar Park on Friday. The event attracted nearly 12,000 participants.
The event, which began in 1994, is the second biggest in the world by participation and the third biggest in terms of revenue, according to publicity director David Baker.
More than Dh250,000 has been donated from Friday’s event already and Baker said that the figure was expected to double over the next month as funds continued to pour in.
“We’re confident we can exceed last year’s total of Dh500,000,” Baker said. “It’s traditionally a Dubai event but this year we purposely targeted Sharjah as well, especially with the easy location of Mamzar Park.”
The event, inspired by a Canadian hero and cancer sufferer Terry Fox, draws all nationalities to participate but Canadians were out in strength on the day.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer Grace E. Warkentine started the run after the Aga Khan Scouts & Guides band led participants to the starting line.