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Rainforest Trail Run kicks off at Swanguard Stadium on Sunday

The trail run through Burnaby’s Central Park started in 2019 to encourage physical activity among people in Indigenous communities.

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Get ready to lace up your shoes for the annual Rainforest Trail Run on Sunday.

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The five or 10-kilometre fun run through the trails of Burnaby’s Central Park started in 2019 to encourage physical activity among people in Indigenous communities.

“It’s an important part of our Indigenous nations as well as for all Canadians to recognize that overall health can be improved by participating in lifelong physical activities like walking,” said Doug Bruce Clement, president of the board of directors of the Achilles International Track and Field Society, a non-profit society that founded the Vancouver Sun Run in 1985.

The Sun Run was launched with similar goals, noted Clement, and has grown to about 40,000 participants pre-pandemic. He hopes the Rainforest Trail Run will similarly inspire people and have a strong impact on their health and lifestyle.

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And with Thursday marking Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Sunday’s run is also a way for people to learn more about Indigenous culture and history through the sharing of art and music in a festival-like atmosphere, said Clement.

The Coastal Wolfpack, a three-generation family group of Coast Salish performers will be at the event. Organizers plan to add cultural complements in the future.

The inaugural event drew about 400 people, then was cancelled last year due to COVID-19. This year, organizers hope to get the momentum going again at the reduced-capacity event.

The run starts and ends at Swanguard Stadium. There is a kids’ run, a 10k run, which is capped at 200 registrants, and a 5k run/walk, capped at 300. Registration is still open and starts at $45.

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