TerryFoxRun in Sapporo

TerryFoxRun in Sapporo 2020

Terry Fox is a Canadian hero who lost his right leg to cancer at the age of 18. Determined to raise awareness and money for cancer research, Terry decided to run across Canada. He ran a full marathon every day on an artificial leg and his “Marathon of Hope” continues to inspire millions of people around the world.

In Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, a committee of volunteers from the Canadian community has been organizing the Terry Fox Run in Sapporo since 2014. Initially with less than 80 participants, the event has continued to grow and attracted over 600 participants in 2018.

The Canadian Embassy, Government of Canada’s Trade Office in Sapporo, and Hokkaido-Canada Society are also supporters of the event, but it is organized entirely by good will volunteers.

All proceeds from the Terry Fox Run in Sapporo are donated to cancer research organizations around the world through the Terry Fox Foundation based in Canada.


The 2019 Terry Fox Run in Sapporo was held on the athletic grounds of the Hokkaido International School in the midst of an approaching typhoon. A non-strenuous 15-minute run/walk on a 300-meter track, and a non-competitive 60-minute run category for runners were organized. All participants were inspired by a video of Terry’s story and enjoyed fundraising games and musical entertainment by volunteers.

Terry Fox Run in Sapporo 2020 - Update October 25

For those wishing to participate in the 2020 Terry Fox Run in Sapporo, this year's event will be held online until November 15.

Thank you for your continued support of the Terry Fox Run in Sapporo, an annual charity event for cancer research. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are unfortunately unable to meet in person to hold the event in one location this year. Instead we have decided to organize a virtual event where you can run, walk, or ride the distance of your choice at a date and time that fits your schedule.

If you wish, please feel free to upload a photo (copyright free) of your participation to the Terry Fox Run in Sapporo Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/terryfoxruninsapporo
Please also participate at your own risk as there is no insurance coverage for this year’s event by the organizers.

Of course, you can also support cancer research by donation only or through the purchase of a 40th anniversary commemorative Terry Fox Run in Sapporo t-shirt or tote bag (details to follow).

Even if we cannot meet in person, we are united in spirit to keep Terry’s dream alive and help fund research to find a cure for cancer.


2020 Terry Fox Virtual Run in Sapporo
Date/TimeAnytime until November 15
DistanceYour choice

As in previous years, T-shirts can be ordered for 3,000 yen each. In recognition of the 40th Anniversary of the Terry Fox Run, commemorative tote bags can also be ordered for 2,000 yen each.

All t-shirts and tote bags will be made upon request, so it may take some time for delivery.

United in gratitude and hope,

The Terry Fox Run in Sapporo Organizing Committee
(With support from the Hokkaido-Canada Society)

T-Shirts & Tote Bags

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Only orders made within Japan will be accepted as we cannot make international deliveries.

40th Anniversary Terry Fox Run in Sapporo T-shirts and tote bags can be ordered online on a made-to-order basis.

The deadline for order is
Friday, January 15, 2021

Please fill in the “Order and Shipping Address” section and make payment via bank transfer.

Purchased items will be mailed after January 2021.


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    Terry Fox について

    Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He later went to highschool in Port Coquitlam, B.C. and Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., which is close to Vancouver. Terry was an athlete. He wasn’t particularly gifted, but through mental toughness, sheer guts and hard work he transformed himself into a formidable athlete in basketball, soccer, rugby and cross-country running. In university, Terry’s world was shattered when a pain in his knee was diagnosed as cancer. Terry’s leg was amputated and the cancer seemed to have been caught in time. It was during his stay in the cancer clinic that he got the idea for running across Canada. His feeling after seeing so much pain and suffering in the hospital was, “Somewhere, the hurting must stop.”He felt an urge to do something since he had  been given a second chance. After 15 months of training with his new artificial leg, Terry began his Marathon of Hope on April 12, 1980 in Newfoundland, on the east coast of Canada. While only halfway into his run, after averaging a full marathon a day,  Terry was struck with tragedy a second time — the cancer had spread from his leg to his lungs and he became too weak to finish his run. On June 28, 1981 Terry Fox died. While his run was over, his Marathon of Hope would continue on as the annual Terry Fox Run and raise millions and millions of dollars for cancer research in numerous countries around the world. Come and run with us in memory of Terry Fox and his quest to eradicate cancer.

    Want to learn more about Terry Fox? Visit The Terry Fox Foundation Official Website.


    Hokkaido Canada Society

    1-banchi, Odori 4-chome,
    Chuo-ku, Sapporo 060-0042
    8th Floor, Dogin Annex Bldg.
    (Exit No. 9, Subway Odori St.)

    Open: 9 am to 5 pm (Mon-Fri, except for holidays)

    Phone : +81-11-233-1003