The challenge is on.

The Barrie Terry Fox Run will have a little added incentive thanks to Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman challenging St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik that his city will raise more money during this year’s run on Sept. 16. It became a three-city contest when Sendzik turned around and challenged Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie.

Mayor Lehman remains confident Barrie will raise the most money and win the challenge.

“St. Catharines thinks they’re hot,” Lehman joked in a video on his Twitter feed. “They think they’re good. They’ve got a lot of people running, but we’re going to show them what true Terry Fox spirit looks like on the weekend of the run.”

The 38th annual Terry Fox Run for cancer research gets underway at 8 a.m. and runs through to 12:30 p.m. at Centennial Park, between the public washrooms and children’s park.

Participants are asked to dress according to weather conditions for the run, which will include refreshments, water, pizza and a children’s corner with a magician.

The route, which is between five and 10 kilometres, is bicycle, stroller, rollerblade and wheelchair accessible. The event is dog-friendly, but dogs must be on a leash.

For more information or to register, visit or contact Michael F. McDougal at 705-627-3484.

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