Granville Island Turkey Trot Returns as a Virtual Race

Granville Island Turkey Trot

RUNVAN® returns with its popular Granville Island Turkey Trot as a virtual race this October (1-15). The local races raise money for local Food Banks and BC Children’s Hospital and are loaded with race extras for all runners.

“Local races help to create a sense of community and normalcy, even if we’re physically distanced,” says Eric Chéné, RUNVAN® Race Director. He also notes the non-profit’s RUN4HOPE charity program has proudly helped runners raise over $16M over the years.

Charity and community additionally came together earlier this year when RUNVAN® partnered with race organizers from across the country for a ‘Canada Moves’ initiative that helped to raise nearly $30,000 for the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Granville Island Turkey Trot

“Staying active is important for our physical and mental health,” adds Chéné, noting these Fall races provide extra motivation to keep moving.

Runners will be rewarded with medals and race kits, and may also enjoy a new Staycation special to help support the return of local businesses. The relaxation ‘runcation’ bundle includes a hotel stay at The Westin Bayshore, wine, credit to top tourist attractions, and more. Register now for the Staycation package.

The Westin Bayshore

“Everyone, surely, has had a challenging year in 2020,” adds Chéné, referencing the struggles the COVID-19 pandemic may have caused. “This is an opportunity to be generous to others, and also to yourself.”

The Granville Island Turkey Trot 10KM and Kids Run takes place October 1-15. Runners may donate to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Share Family and Community Services, Surrey Food Bank and Richmond Food Bank Society.

Granville Island Turkey Trot

“Food banks are an amazing resource for communities, and I’m proud to be involved with this one,” writes participant Rachel Galvin on her fundraising page. She has already raised nearly $600 dollars for the Surrey Food Bank.

Every year RUNVAN® also supports nearly 100 youth with free race entry. The entries are part of the non-profit’s outreach into the community and ongoing work with at-risk-youth.

“While we’re unsure of when mass sporting events may return, the spirit behind these events has remained unchanged and we encourage you to still get involved,” adds Chéné.

Granville Island Turkey Trot

“What will stay the same is our commitment to our community,” adds Rackets & Runners, long-time retail sponsor of the Granville Island Turkey Trot. The popular 10KM inspires a ‘Run & Give’ theme in the spirit of Thanksgiving and giving back to others.

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