Two great runs for two great causes

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Sept 19,2014(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria is pleased to support two great initiatives this fall and have chosen to do so in a recreation fashion. In the same strides as last year’s President’s Run led by UVic president professor Jamie Cassels and Vikes Athletics and Recreation, there will be two upcoming events to support each of the Terry Fox Foundation and the United Way Campaign.

On Sept. 24, Vikes cross-country and track athletes will support and participate in the on-campus Terry Fox Run, which will leave the Student Union Building at 11:30 a.m. Since the fall of 2012, universities and colleges across Canada have been organizing and participating in Terry Fox events to celebrate the legacy of the Canadian hero. The events have commemorated the Marathon of Hope by raising funds for cancer research. Not only will this year’s run help raise awareness around campus but the funds raised will also support the Terry Fox Foundation’s cancer research program.

This year’s Terry Fox Run is organized by the UVic Student Society (UVSS). Vikes cross-country and track team athletes will be participating and will be able to give any running tips to interested participants. For more information on how to support visit:

On Oct. 6, Vikes athletes will also be participating in a special United Way President’s Walk, which will begin at 12 p.m. at University Centre. People of all fitness levels are invited to participate in the Ring Road walk organized by Vikes Athletics and Recreation.

In years past, the UVic community has raised more than $250,000 for United Way, from individual pledges and on-campus fundraising events. The 2013 UVic campaign brought in nearly $160,000, with the goal of helping United Way reach their target of $6 million. Information about the campaign is available at

United Way Greater Victoria is focusing on three impact areas this year: supporting kids and youth with resources to grow up healthy; building individuals’ financial stability and independence as pathways out of poverty; and developing people’s capacity to care for themselves and their families.

The Sept. 24 and Oct. 6 events will both be attended by President Cassels. Last year a series of runs initiated by President Cassels encouraged everyone on campus to enjoy an active, healthy living style and that promotion will continue through this year.

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