Ice-Breaker Run returns to Steveston
This Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. there will be a buzz of runner activity in Steveston Village, as many will be lacing up to run the annual Kajaks Steveston Ice-Breaker 8km road race.
This event is organized by the Kajaks Track and Field Club and will be the first road race of the year - part of the Lower Mainland Road Race Series. The series provides all levels of runners a chance to compete in their age-group and there are 10 races from January to August. It is the second event of the Timex BC Road Running Series.
“The Ice Breaker has been a popular choice with many runners because it is certified, flat and an easy course” says, 72 year old Richmondite, JJ Schmidt, race director and established coach of the prestigious Kajaks Track and Field Club.
He adds, “There are fast times like 24:30 in this course and our run has been around for about eleven years now.” The course has always been popular with the elites and all levels of runners.
This week, I laced up my shoes and did a test drive of the course with JJ. Despite the fog, I enjoyed running on the boardwalk where the race starts and finishes near Bayview Street and No. 1 Road.
The scenic route takes you along the Fraser River to charming houses, and you are quickly immersed in a nature serene setting. This course has a bit of road and trail to offer the runner a good mixture of terrain.
As in past years, I have raced this course and recommend it to anyone as it is a well organized event.
Be part of this happening this Sunday by participating in the Ice Breaker 8km run and afterwards enjoy post-race refreshments at the Steveston Community Centre. After the run why not make it a day outing and have lunch in Steveston and take in this charming historic village.
For more information, see www.kajaks.org/events/icebreaker.htm.
The South Arm Community Center Sun Run Clinic is now running weekly at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.s
It’s a Learn to Walk & Learn to Run for the Vancouver Sun Run which is Sunday, April 23.
No experience is necessary.
The clinic coordinator and leaders are run of the mill walkers and runners who meet 3 times a week through the year. Year round! No one ever gets left behind.