The Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research



The Terry Fox Run is an annual non-competitive charity event for cancer research held in numerous regions around the world in commemoration of Canadian cancer activist Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope.

2. When did it first start?

The event was founded in 1981.

3. When did it first start in Doha?

The event has been taking place in Doha since 2003.

4. Who organizes it in Doha?

College of the North Atlantic - Qatar

5. How many participants have you had every year since its inception (in Doha)? What nationalities?

Participation varies every year but averages around 1,200 runners from all nationalities, the largest group of which is Canadian.

6. Do you fundraise? If so, how much have you raised?

The Terry Fox Run has raised 1,034,147 QAR since 2003.

7. Where does the money go?

One of the main differences with this particular run is that all funds raised here will go to Cancer Research in Qatar.

8. What do you hope to achieve by the run?

To promote and celebrate the vision of Terry Fox, encourage residents in Qatar to participate, raise awareness of the importance of cancer research, and to help fundraise for Cancer Research in Qatar.

9. When is the event? (Time, date, venue)

The Event is going to be held on November 28th, 2015. Registration for the run is at 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. The actual Run begins at 11:05 p.m.

10. Has the run fulfilled the expectations of the organisers so far?

The past runs have been extremely popular among the residents of Doha with large turnouts where people can come and enjoy each other’s company and participate in the cause. The organizers were able to raise significant amount of funds in the past for the advancement of Cancer Research.

12. How has feedback/response been from participants?

We have seen a tremendous response to past events. People tend to say it’s a very worthwhile cause and a great way to give time and money to charity in a fun, family-oriented environment.

13. How long is the run? (time-wise and km-wise)

The run itself is non-competitive, which means that there are no prizes awarded or official times taken. One lap of the course is 2kms, but people can decide for themselves how many laps they will run.  Participation is considered to be more important than completing the set distance.

14. Can children participate?

Families and children are welcome to participate. Past runs have proved to be very popular with families bringing their children and having a fun active day out for the cause.  Bikes, skateboards, etc.. are  allowed on the course.

15. What is the registration process?

Registration for the run starts at 9:00 a.m. at the College of the North Atlantic – Qatar. Volunteers can register their names at the Registration Booth by filling out a form and making voluntary donations before the run begins. Participants can also donate online at

16. Is it a run against time? (i.e. Are there winners?)

No, it is non-competitive and there is no particular winner for this run.

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