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Icebreaker provides a fresh breath of air

Don Fennell   Jan-16-2019

The Richmond Kajaks' annual 8K road race is Sunday, Jan. 20 at Imperial Landing in Steveston.

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Now that the festive season has passed, it’s time to work off some of that holiday cheer. And there are few better ways than exercise.

Sunday’s Steveston Icebreaker 8K road race is the perfect tonic, with the added bonus of supporting KidSport Richmond in the process.

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One of the major fundraisers for the Richmond Kajaks Track and Field Club, which has proudly served Richmond since 1961, the Icebreaker is a chance to start 2019 anew. All that’s needed is a desire to run or walk.

This year, Richmond’s New Balance store (located at the Centre at Garden City, 1410-4771 McClelland Rd.) is stepping up to partner with the Kajaks on a 1K kids’ run at 8:30 a.m., just before the adults take to the streets at 9 a.m. Recognizing their efforts, each kids’ run finisher will receive an inaugural New Balance kids’ run ribbon. There’ll also be a free run, jump and throw demonstration by Kajaks’ coaches after both runs, where children can get coaching tips.

New Balance owner Jordan Cluff says his company is proud to be part of this longtime community tradition, and elated to be supporting youth in sport.

“There are so many benefits youth get from sport and fitness and New Balance Richmond is thrilled to be able to support this initiative and to bring more awareness to KidSport Richmond at the same time,” he says.

“We ecstatic to add the 1K kids’ run and to partner with a community-minded organization like New Balance,” says race director Jared Hulme. “Our hope with adding the kids’ run is to encourage families to be active together, while (at the same time) bringing more awareness to KidSport.”

All the proceeds from the kids’ run will go directly to KidSport Richmond, which helps children overcome the financial barriers of participating in sport.

“One of our goals as a club is to be community-focused, and we saw a great opportunity with the kids’ run concept,” says Kajaks’ president Garrett Collier. “We’ve managed to bring together not-for-profit and for-profit organizations with New Balance Richmond, KidSport Richmond and the Kajaks Track and Field Club. It’s a great event that benefits our community.”

For those looking for a few post-event fitness tips, a free community expo will be held in the Steveston Community Centre gym from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. There will be several run and fitness booths and food sampling, with Lifemark Sport Medicine on hand as well.

Register now for the big day.


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