Charlottetown, June 12th, 2015- The Confederation Bridge, in partnership with The Terry Fox Foundation, announced today that the Terry Fox Run will mark its 35th anniversary 100 days from now with a run across the Confederation Bridge on Sunday, September 20, 2015.
Founded in 1981 in commemoration of Terry’s ‘Marathon of Hope’ and his fight against cancer, the Terry Fox Run has evolved into the largest fundraising event in support of cancer research in the world, with events taking place in 32 countries across 4 continents annually. To date, close to $700 million dollars has been raised in Terry’s name for cancer research.
“It is fitting that Canada’s largest Terry Fox Run will be held on the Confederation Bridge. The Bridge and the ‘Marathon of Hope’ are symbols of what makes Canada great: enormous dreams, herculean efforts, momentous feats, and the end result, a nation connected and unified,” said Britt Andersen, Executive Director of The Terry Fox Foundation. “Thirty Five years ago, I’m certain Terry never could have conceived of such an engineering marvel. If it had existed, without a doubt, he would have run its length in the name of cancer research.”
Both the 25th and 30th anniversaries of the Terry Fox Run were marked with Confederation Bridge hosted events, offering participants the unique opportunity to cross the bridge on foot. The two runs continue to be recognized as the largest Canadian Terry Fox Runs in the history of the event for both participants and funds raised, collectively welcoming 24,000 participants and raising in excess of $700,000 for cancer research. Organizers hope to surpass past event numbers in 2015.
“It is truly an honor to be a part of the 35th anniversary Confederation Bridge Terry Fox Run”, stated Gwen Smith-Walsh, Provincial Director of The Terry Fox Foundation in New Brunswick and PEI. “Sharing this event with so many Canadians will be inspiring and momentous for the pursuit of cancer research and the legacy of Terry Fox. We expect this run to be highly attended, judging by the number of inquiries our office has been receiving.”
Established in 1988 as a grassroots, charitable organization independent of other National cancer fundraising organizations, The Terry Fox Foundation is an industry leader in fiscal responsibility – 84 cents-per-dollar raised is donated directly to cancer research. As one of the largest non-governmental funders of cancer research in the country, the Foundation’s efforts in Terry’s memory are allowing for innovative, discovery-based and translational research in a number of areas including: imaging that detects if breast cancer treatment is working after just one week of therapy; a pre-leukemic stem cell that can identify the disease before it even begins; and genome sequencing to better understand drug resistance in cancerous tumours.
“We encourage Canadians from across the country to register to join us on the Bridge on September 20th to be a part of Terry’s legacy of courage and determination, to celebrate the progress made in cancer research, and to help ensure that strides in the fight against cancer continue,” stated Michel Le Chasseur, General Manager of the Confederation Bridge.
For more information on the 35th Anniversary Terry Fox Run on the Confederation Bridge, including a mandatory online registration form, visit www.terryfox.org.
Following the annual inspection, Strait Crossing Bridge Limited has decided to proceed with complete resurfacing of the bridge deck. The work is scheduled to begin on June 9 and end on June 26.
During that period, traffic interruptions are to be expected. Intervals of 30 minutes where traffic is stopped can be expected between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day and in either direction during this period. There will be no work at night and both lanes of traffic will be open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. every day. “Accordingly, Strait Crossing requests the travelling public to plan ahead, be patient and tolerant” said Michel Le Chasseur, General Manager of Strait Crossing Bridge Limited. “Every effort to move traffic quickly will be deployed but it remains that the safety of workers and the travelling public is at the forefront of our priorities at all times” added Mr. Le Chasseur.
“Our members will be following this work closely” stated RCMP Staff Sergeant Ken Spenceley. “With distracted driving on the rise, we urge the public to stay alert, keep to the posted speed sign, follow construction signage and last but not least, put your mobile device away as charges could be laid for as much as $600 in work zones” added Staff Sergeant Spenceley.
During this period, wide loads that do not require a lane closure will continue as usual. Wide loads that do require a closure will be moved to 6:30 a.m. instead of the regular noon hour crossing.
Strait Crossing Bridge Limited would like to thank the travelling public for their understanding and patience during this work, which is the first such intervention since 2005.
Borden-Carleton - Due to construction at the 43 Queen Street location, the Charlottetown offices of the Confederation Bridge will be closed until further notice. While the company considers its options for relocation, bridge gift cards will be available at the Shoppers Drug Mart in the Confederation Court Mall on Queen Street in downtown Charlottetown as of October 1, 2012. We regret the inconvenience this may cause to our clients and we look forward to re-opening in the near future. For all gift card outlets, please visit our website, confederationbridge.com.
May 31, 2012 marks the 15th anniversary of the Confederation Bridge and we’ve got plenty of great special events and contests planned to celebrate! Beginning in late-May, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date information on how you can help mark this special occasion!
We’re making it easier than ever to access information regarding travel conditions while you’re on the go. Beginning in late-May, smartphone users should visit their App Store and download the free PEI Bridge app! This new app allows travellers to access up-to-the-minute advisories on the traffic status of the bridge, as well as current weather conditions and information with respect to tolls and fees. Not a smartphone user? The Confederation Bridge now subscribes to the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia 511 traffic information service! Simply dial 511 and select menu option 4 in New Brunswick and 5 in Nova Scotia to hear current traffic and road conditions on the bridge.