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For decades now, famed sports announcer Steve King has been the voice of record for top-level events such as the Okanagan Granfondo, the Peach Classic Triathlon, Ironman Canada and much more.
When you've participated in a race called by King, you know it. The guy is a walking encyclopedia. He's the voice of the BBC, right here in Penticton. He's one of the big reasons the Penticton endurance scene rocks as much as it does.
And this Sunday, Sept. 17, Steve King once again lends his considerable talents to the Penticton iteration of the Terry Fox Run. And all you have to do to get the full-on King treatment is register and engage.
But King is by no means the only attraction.
There's the course itself, a lovely stroll/run/bike under the canopy of trees that parallels the Penticton channel. There are the refreshments at the start and on route. There's the pack of motorcycles from the annual South Okanagna Toy Run that'll likely zip by you right after you’ve started running.
And of course there's the biggest reason of all: The opportunity to make a difference for those you know who've been touched by cancer. The opportunity to pitch in for a cure.
"You can support the Terry Fox Foundation with as little or as much as you want," said long-time event organizer Kevin Harvey, who's now back into jogging himself after successfully battling a health condition.
"We have everything from kids putting in their change to companies donating multiple hundreds of dollars."
The goal this year is $4,000. They're darned close to that already.
The 2023 Penticton Terry Fox Run commences just outside the SS Sicamous Sunday, Sept. 17, at 10 am. There'll be one-kilometer, two-kilometer and five-kilometer options.
On-site registration begins at 8:30 am. Or you can register in advance online at this link.