As the summer running season passes the halfway mark, runners will once again be treated one of the most scenic competitions of the year.
On Sept. 15, the historic and picturesque North Pacific Cannery will be the site of the 15th annual Northern View Cannery Road Race. The race is making its return after it had to be cancelled last year.
“It’s exciting, this is one of my favourite half marathons and I was disappointed that it didn’t happen last year,” said event organizer Shannon Lough. “So when Rupert Runners were looking for volunteers to direct the event I thought this was a good opportunity to take it on as an organization with the Northern View crew.”
Participants will have the option of running either a half-marathon, 10-kilometre or 5-kilometre course that will bring them alongside views of the cannery, the Skeena River, Lelu Island and through Port Edward. Those choosing to walk will have either a 10-kilometre or 5-kilometre option along the same route with a 1-kilometre option for children — who participate for free.
Lough said the natural features of the run are what make it a treat for the eyes. She added that since the race takes place in August, runners have the bright summer months to prepare and the course won’t leave them with especially fatigued legs.
“It’s an enjoyable route in that you get a little bit of everything, like the rainforest and the Skeena,” she said. “It’s challenging, but it’s not unattainable.”
Following the run, there will be a barbecue on the cannery’s newly restored working dock.
Lough hopes to see at least 150 people sign up from across northwest B.C., and stressed that participants sign up early to have their best chance to receive free event T-shirts and tanks. For more information, contact Shannon Lough at email@example.com or call 250-624-8088.