City of Surrey Councillor Mary Martin announced Surrey’s Bear Creek Park as the newest Run location of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure on Thursday. Wendy Slavin, CEO of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – BC/Yukon Region, CIBC Run for the Cure, Surrey Run Champion Jassy Braich and Sally Haysom, Surrey resident and breast cancer survivor, joined Councillor Martin in a morning event at Bear Creek Park to kick-off the ninth Run site in the province.
“It has been ten years since we launched a new Run site in BC and we are very excited to be here in Surrey, one of the fastest growing cities in Canada,” said Wendy Slavin. “Now that we have a Run site between Abbotsford and Vancouver, it will easy and convenient for those not only in Surrey, but in Langley, White Rock and other communities to take part. We look forward to building this new Run site with the community and making Surrey a huge success come Sunday, October 6th.”
“Surrey is proud to be hosting such an important event,” says Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure will bring the community together in support of those who have been affected by this terrible disease and raise funds to provide crucial support for important research and awareness initiatives.”
For Sally Haysom, the experience of Run day is always inspirational. Sally is a five-year breast cancer survivor who has been a long-time fundraiser for the event. Every year, she travels to Vancouver to share the experience with thousands of people supporting the cause. This year, she is excited to have the event in her own backyard and rally the community to participate and fundraise. To help lead a successful event, she has also joined the volunteer organizing committee.
CIBC Run for the Cure Surrey organizers are also excited to announce the piloting of a 5km chip timed option at the event. Surrey was selected as one of only 5 Run sites in Canada to offer this Run day feature. Participants young and old are invited to sign up as runners and take advantage of this additional, optional, element to boost their Run day experience and add a competitive aspect to their event. Only the 5km run will be timed.
The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is the largest single-day, volunteer-led, fundraising event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, education and awareness programs. The event is a 1km or 5km run or walk and takes place on Sunday, October 6, 2013 with start time at 9:30am. To learn more, sign-up, donate or volunteer, visit www.runforthecure.com.