Surrey’s CIBC Run for the Cure looking bigger, better

SURREY – The CIBC Run for the Cure returns to Surrey this Sunday (Oct. 5) for its second event held in the City of Parks.

Following a successful debut last year, run director Vonda Dickman said the event is shaping up to be bigger and better for 2014.

“I think with Surrey we’re looking at being the next Vancouver,” she said. “We really want to grow the event and last year we had over 1,100 participants raise more than $180,000, and we are definitely looking at beating that this year and growing that and moving forward.”

A breast cancer survivor herself, Dickman said having a run on this side of the Fraser River provides an added avenue for those that might have thought Vancouver or Abbotsford too far to go.

“I myself ran in Vancouver twice and was thrilled to find that we were having a run in Surrey because I’m a resident of Ocean Park,” she said.

The route will remain the same as last year’s, with runners heading through the trails of Bear Creek Park in both 1k and 5k iterations.

And given the success of last year’s event, Dickman is hopeful the Surrey run will continue to grow in the years to come.

“We have tons of sponsors this year, everyone is coming forward and wants to be a part of this event,” she said. “The volunteer response has also been wonderful, lots of people are signing up to help out, people are more aware of the event now.”

The CIBC Run for the Cure takes place Sunday, Oct. 5 at Bear Creek Park. Run time is at 10 a.m. and runners can register online beforehand or onsite at 8 a.m. the day of.

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