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Runners ready for Steveston Icebreaker

By Don Fennell

Published 12:07 PST, Fri December 17, 2021

Last Updated: 12:27 PST, Mon January 10, 2022

Flat, fast and scenic, a stretch along Richmond’s beautiful waterfront offers the perfect tonic for the new year.

After a year’s hiatus, the community’s only road race returns Jan. 16 to the spectacular shores of Steveston when the Richmond Kajaks Track and Field Club stages its annual fundraiser—the Steveston Icebreaker 8K and New Balance 1K Kidsrun.

“If you are looking to start your running season off with a good time, some beautiful views, and have some family fun, you don’t want to miss this one,” says race director Jared Hulme. “Being Richmond’s only road race, the Icebreaker has a true community feel to it.”

Two years ago, when the event was last held, a record number of participants turned out to enjoy a balmy seven-degree Sunday on the heels of a cold snap that had gripped the West Coast. In all 472 runners completed the 8K course and another 71 the Kidsrun 1K which loops around the Imperial Landing pond.

While this 2022 race will not feature a post-run expo, as was the case in previous runs, there will be safe post-run activities at the start/finish line. And with pre-registration already well underway, Hulme expects both events to soon sell out for the first time ever. To get in on the fun, be sure to sign up today at www.icebreaker8k.ca.

All funds raised will support KidSport Richmond, with popular ambassador and Olympic bronze medal race waker Evan Dunfee walking with the kids.

Whether you choose to run or walk, or will be pushing a stroller, the event is open to all levels of “athletes,” from the weekend warrior to the elite.

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