Legend Penticton race announcer Steve King shows a picture of Doug Alward (standing on the side of King) with Terry Fox on the epic Marathon on Hope in 1980 where Alward drove the travel van that Fox had behind him every leg of the journey. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Legend Penticton race announcer Steve King shows a picture of Doug Alward (standing on the side of King) with Terry Fox on the epic Marathon on Hope in 1980 where Alward drove the travel van that Fox had behind him every leg of the journey. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Driver of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope participates in Penticton run

Doug Alward was a friend of Fox and drove the van across Canada during the epic 1980 run

Doug Alward was the driver and good friend of Terry Fox who told a large crowd gathered outside the Rose Garden in Penticton about how no matter how hard it got on the Marathon of Hope— Terry never gave up.

Alward was with Fox every step of the way of that epic journey across Canada in 1980. And now 42-years-later Alward took part in the Terry Fox Run in Penticton Sunday morning.

With legend Steve King announcing for the day, the start had a feel of a triathlon excitement as over 130 children, families and adults participated in the 1, 2 or 5 km race.

“We believe this is the largest contingent we’ve seen here at the Terry Fox Run in Penticton. Good to see the youngsters turn up with their parents and grandparents,” said King who counted down the run start.

Bruno Johnson, who is in Grade 5 was the first to return from the one km run, with a time of 12 minutes and 15 seconds.

Year after year Kevin Harvey has organized the Terry Fox run in Penticton with the help of his granddaughter Olivia.

“Every year Penticton residents always come through and support it,” he said.

Terry Fox Runs went on across South Okanagan communities that also saw a strong turnout.

To donate to the Terry Fox foundation go to terryfox.org.

READ MORE: Strong turnouts in both Summerland and Penticton for Terry Fox Run

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Huge crowd came out for the 42nd Terry Fox Run in Penticton. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Huge crowd came out for the 42nd Terry Fox Run in Penticton. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Bruno Johnson, 10, was the first to come in from the 1 km leg of the Terry Fox run in Penticton. (Monique Tamminga)

Bruno Johnson, 10, was the first to come in from the 1 km leg of the Terry Fox run in Penticton. (Monique Tamminga)

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