Canada Day run set to take off

Registrations being accepted for annual 10K event

For a third year in a row, Peninsula runners can celebrate Canada Day with a run, as the Peace Arch News Canada Day 10K is set to hit the streets of White Rock.

The run begins at 8 a.m. July 1, with a kid’s run set for 10 a.m.

Last year, despite colder-than-usual temperatures and a light rain, more than 250 runners took part in the 10-km run/walk/jog, which is organized and hosted by Try Events.

So far this year, registration numbers are done slightly, said Try Events’ Mitchell Hudson, but registration often picks up in the days prior to the event, as many participants decide to take part at the last minute.

The run starts at Semiahmoo Park, and from there, runners head west down Marine Drive before turning right up Bishop Road to North Bluff Road. Runners then move east down North Bluff until they get to Oxford Street, and the course then winds briefly down the Oxford hill to Thrift Avenue, before turning down Stayte Road and back to Semiahoo Park.

Last year’s event was won by Coquitlam’s Tatsuya Hatachi, whose time of 35 minutes, 33.5 seconds was 28 seconds than second-place runner Chris Barth of White Rock.

The Canada Day run is part of Try Events’ BC Race Series, which includes the Fort Langley Historic Half, Burnaby’s Green Sock Half and Shamrock’n Race and the Spooktacular Scurry, set for Oct. 29 in Langley.

To sign up for the Canada Day 10K, visit www.tryevents.ca and click on the Canada Day 10K link.