They ran for friends, grandparents, mothers - and children.
Conspicuous in the 33rd annual Terry Fox Run on Sunday were red-clad Patricia Shmoorkoff and her 18-month-old son, James. Cancer survivors were encouraged to wear white among this year's white Terry Fox T-shirts.
James was diagnosed at four days old with neuroblastoma.
Riding in the front of his mom's stroller Sunday at the start of the event at Riverside Park, Shmoorkoff said her son is now declared as having no evidence of disease.
He remains in what his mother called "the relapse zone," however, so there is no breathing easy.
"That's why we're here," said April Buder, noting the mother and son in the crowd at Riverside Park. "We need to find a cure for cancer."
Shmoorkoff said taking part in the classic run is important because the impact on young people from cancer gets lost with other events.
"This is special to me because Terry was so young when he was diagnosed. . . . We think about our grandparents or moms; there's not a focus on children."
Another youngster hitching a ride Sunday was six-month-old Mason, with mother Denica O'Dine providing the footpower for the 10.5-kilometre run.
For O'Dine, it was her first Terry Fox run and first event in Kamloops, after moving from Williams Lake.
Another first-timer was Ron Watts, who was set to walk 10.5 kilometres Sunday morning.
"I had a couple people important in my life pass away from cancer this year," Watts said. "This is a great chance to see people in your life. It's kind of nice."
Sisters Tori and Taylor Killoran were lined up to run together, although they trained for the run at different times of the day.
"We're running for our great aunt, she passed away from cancer," said Tori.
The tallest runners Sunday were members of TRU's basketball team. The university's badminton team also took part at the community event.
More than 300 people took part in the event, together raising about $10,500.
Area schools will also host Terry Fox runs this month.