This article was published on May 19th, 2014
Runners from across metro Vancouver will lace-up in Abbotsford on Sunday, May 25 for the 7th annual Envision Financial Abbotsford Run for Water 5k, 10k, half, and full marathon races. There is still time to register for the events.
The Boston-qualifying marathon is one of BC’s flattest courses, making it fast and exciting. The full loop course starts and finishes at Mill Lake Park. Marathoners will run through downtown Abbotsford and out into the agricultural lands of the Sumas Prairie. It’s a very relaxing and peaceful marathon course where participants can enjoy the scenery and enjoy the challenge of long distance running.
Race registration is open online until Wednesday, May 21, and last minute registration is available at the race expo. Race organizers encourage participants to register online before races sell out.
Race package pick-up, last minute registrations, and the race expo are located at the UFV Envision Athletic Centre (1395 McKenzie Road). The expo is open Friday, May 23, 2-8pm, and Saturday, May 24, 9am-4pm.
In addition for the four Sunday events, a small team of runners will head out at 7am on Saturday, May 24 for a special ultra marathon. They will run 56km from Chilliwack to Abbotsford. Each runner raised $1,500 to be a part of the ultra team. Spectators are encouraged to cheer on the ultra marathon runners at the finish line, located at the race expo. They are expected to finish at approximately 2pm.
The Run For Water event is a fundraiser to help bring clean drinking water to third world countries. Every $35 raised can give someone drinking water for life. Last year, the Run For Water event raised $358,000 for clean water projects in Southern Ethiopia; enough to supply 10,000 with clean drinking water for life.
For more information, visit the Run For Water website.