By Jennifer Copley (Last Updated 31 August 2014)
Where: Burns Bog, Delta, BC, Canada
Description: This yearly event provides two options: running a 10K or running or walking a 5K through beautiful forest trails to raise money for the Burns Bog Conservation Society.
Time: I went at a relaxed pace (this is a very laid back event) to enjoy the scenery and finished the 10K in just over an hour. Other finisher times were really variable. People tend to take longer on this than most 5K/10K runs because it’s more about raising money for charity than running a competitive race.
Cost: $45 for the 5K and $50 for the 10K if you register early; add an additional $5 to those prices if you register within a month of the event. If you raise at least $100 for the charity on your own, your registration fee will be waived.
Difficulty: This can be as challenging as you want to make it. There is no pressure to break records at this event. Just go at your own pace and enjoy the gorgeous scenery.
Required Equipment: Running shoes, comfortable workout clothing.
- The event raises money for a great charity.
- The atmosphere is fun, friendly, and relaxed.
- The forest trails are beautiful.
- There are three water stations along the trail.
In addition to live music, there are booths at the event site offering free stuff and activities (such as bouncing on a big rubber trampoline).
- You get a free pancake breakfast after your run (alas, no bacon, but in addition to the all-you-can-eat giant fluffy pancakes, there were cinnamon rolls, fruit, lemon sorbet, and coffee). Spectators can enjoy the same breakfast for $5.
You get a free T-shirt (made from sweat-wicking fabric, so good quality, though covered in charity sponsor logos).
- Poor directions on the website made it challenging to find the right turn-off for the place.
- The event started 30 minutes later than advertised.
- Use the washrooms at the onsite hockey rink before heading out – there are no washrooms along the trails.
- For more information, see the Burns Bog Conservation Society’s Jog for the Bog page.
For more running events and hikes in BC and Washington, see the main Activities page.
*Prices and conditions may have changed since the time of this writing.