Sunday, 29 April 2018

A New Tradition

To confirm the rumors yes, it is true. The Kitsumkalum Salmon Run is a no go, at least for this year. Organizers are worried about expected bad fishing conditions on the river again this year. The long term future of the event remains up in the air.

Yes the event had it's challenges, but bottom line was the race was a fantastic course, had great food and was hosted by great people. It was so wonderful to see so many of the Kitsumkalum community participate either in the race or as a volunteer.

So while we have one less race in Terrace this summer, I want to point out that Kitsumkalum is replacing the Salmon Run with the Kitsumkalum Walk For Health.

On July 14th, 2018 the 5km walk will be hosted on essentially the same course as the Salmon Run. All funds raised from the Walk For Health event will go directly to the Dr. R.E.M. Lee Hospital Foundation's $100,000 Ophthalmic Surgical Microscope Project. As a glaucoma patient I can tell you how important this is to have in our regional hospital. The machine they have now is over 30 years old and in dire need of replacing. We want to have a new machine soon rather than risk having to send patients and their families to other parts of the province at great expense for cataracts and other eye surgeries

Registration fee is $35, and you can sign up at Kitsumkalum at the Tempo Gas Bar or in Terrace at Bert's Deli. You get a t-shirt as long as you sign up by June 15th. Registration also includes a Mike Burger and a grand prize draw ticket for a trip for two from Central Mountain Air.

There is also a pledge collection campaign that participants are urged to pursue. Your $35 registration fee can come from your collected pledges.

What I'm really liking about this event is it very much looks at the big picture. This is not just a fundraiser for Kitsumkalum. This is not even a fundraiser that benefits Terrace. This is a huge undertaking that will benefit all people of the northwest, from Haida Gwaii to Smithers, Prince Rupert and Kitimat and all of various First Nations territories in the area.

And for that reason I encourage Skeena Valley Runners to participate in the Kitsumkalum Walk For Health on July 14th.