On September 14 and 15, outdoor-sports lovers from around the Lower Mainland will come together to participate in the Adventure Challenge for Kids, a multi-sport charity event that combines kayaking, biking and trail running. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Canucks for Kids Fund in support of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and the 60 Minute Kid’s Club.
One excited participant is Global News anchor Chris Gailus. “There’s just a little over [one week] until the Adventure Challenge for Kids! I can’t believe how the summer has flown by,” said Chris. “My legs are strong after carting my two-year-old around on the back of my bike for the past few months. It’s exactly the same as a trail ride, right? Ha!”
As a veteran participant in the Adventure Challenge for Kids and a long-time supporter of Canuck Place, Chris’ passion for the event and the cause is infectious. “The important thing for me is to get out there, have some fun and raise some money so the good people at Canuck Place can continue to perform the miracles they do. I’ve always been well-supported by my family and this year I’ve even recruited my sister-in-law to do it with me. Moral and physical support is so important! I can’t wait for September 15!”
Representing the good people at Canuck Place in the Adventure Challenge for Kids is Dr. Hal Siden, Medical Director. “This year’s event will be my fourth Adventure Challenge,” Hal said. “I have done the Deep Cove short course on a team, then the long course twice in a relay, taking on the Mountain Bike section myself while physician colleagues completed the Kayaking and Trail Running sections.” Hal spends each summer training for the Adventure Challenge and credits the event for both his fitness level and his passion for mountain biking. “I was never a mountain biker before the Adventure Challenge, so learning to ride a cross-country mountain bike is a new skill I attribute to the Adventure Challenge. It’s a great way to stay in shape over the summer!”
This year’s Vancouver-area event has been relocated from its previous home in Deep Cove, located on the mountainous North Shore, and will now take place in the hilly Jericho Beach area, including Pacific Spirit Park. Dr. Hal is excited about the change, as it puts the event in very familiar territory. “I know the Jericho area well since Poppy, the Canuck Place therapy dog, and I do trail runs all year in the UBC Endowment Lands,” said Hal. “This year, on the Jericho Course, I will be doing the entire Long Course with a team of four – no doctors this time, but friends from the film, IT and corporate worlds – maybe we will have Poppy join us for the race as well!”
The Vancouver Short Course is nearly full. Register today to take the challenge and be a Courage Builder for B.C. children and families!
To register or support a participant, please visit www.adventurechallenge.ca.
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