For the second year in a row the Lake Cowichan Retreads Hiking Group, in partnership with Cowichan Lake Recreation, will be breathing life into the Lake Cowichan Terry Fox Run.
The run will take place on Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. Registration will begin at 9 a.m.
Everyone is invited, to “walk, run, bike, or crawl,” in this all ages five or 10 kilometre event, says organizer and Retreads member, Jean Cozens.
“It’s time to dig out your runners, invite family, friends, and everyone in the area,” she adds.
The run will begin at Saywell Park, and participants will make their way along South Shore Road, up Greendale Road and onto the Trans Canada Trail. Those who wish to complete the 10 km will follow the trail to the marked turnaround spot, and head back towards Saywell Park along the trail. Those who wish to only complete 5 km will turn around at the end of Greendale Road.
Once again there will be a warm up to music provided by a local aerobics teacher. The warm-up and the singing of “Oh Canada” will begin at 9:45 a.m. Once again, Cowichan Lake Visitor Centre Coordinator, Katherine Worsley will be leading the singing of the national anthem.
“This [run] is a great way for people to prepare for the Great Lake Walk,” said Cozens.
The Terry Fox Run was cancelled for a couple of years because the dates conflicted with the Great Lake Walk, so Cozens is hoping that with this new date, people will show up and take part.
“When they realized it was cancelled, Cowichan Lake Recreation contacted Retreads members and asked if we were interested in organizing [the event]. They help out with the financial end of it,” said Cozens.
Last year the event drew 50 participants, and this year Cozens is hoping for more.
St. John Ambulance and the Lake Cowichan Fire Department will be on hand, as well as nurses at every check point.
Cozens says that the Terry Fox Run is one of her favourites to participate in and be part of.
“It’s what he attempted to do in his short life,” she said. “I’ve done many others . . . but the Terry Fox is my favourite.”
For more information, search Terry Fox Run Lake Cowichan on Facebook, or call Cozens at 250-749-6156.