Thousands of people across the region, the country, and in fact, the world are taking part in Terry Fox Runs for cancer research today, 32 years after Terry Fox grabbed our hearts with his Marathon of Hope.

In the Ottawa area, the largest run was at Anniversary Park beside Carleton University.

Governor General David Johnston was on hand for the 32nd annual event, speaking to the first group of participants before he and his three grandkids joined them on their route.

Terry’s brother Darrell also spoke, getting emotional as he read an excerpt from what Terry wrote about his pass through the capital in 1980.

“When I ran down Sparks Street, the road was so narrow, yet people were running behind me and people were lined up on either side clapping for me.  It was quite a long way down the road and I was just sprinting.  I was floating through the air and I didn’t even feel a thing.  I felt so great.  That type of memory you can never take away.”

Since 1980, more than $600 million has been raised for cancer research.

The organizers of the Ottawa run were hoping to add at least another $240,000 to that today.  As of 11:30a.m., they had hit the $200,000 mark.

There were also runs in several areas around the region including Kanata, Orleans, Almonte, Arnprior, Kemptville, and Manotick.