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Marathon for awareness event expands

Three ways to take part in this years brain injury awareness walk

Powell River’s Brain Injury Society is hosting its third annual Marathon for Awareness on Saturday, June 11 and there are now three different ways to take part.

This year marks the society’s first attempt at turning its marathon into an event that extends the length of Highway 101 from Lund to Quellon, Chile. Letters were sent to brain injury organizations up and down the coast to initiate contact and tell them about the idea. No other organizations are on board for this year but executive director Debbie Dee believes it’s a good start and said that the push will be on this year to be organized for the next.

In Powell River the event takes place over three parts. The first is an ultra-marathon run from Lund to Saltery Bay that totals 57 kilometres. Runners are being picked up at 4 am for a 5 am start time in Lund.

The second option is a 10-kilometre walk from Tla’Amin (Sliammon) First Nation to Westview. Anyone taking part in these events can join or depart them at any point and can contact Dee through the website or by calling 1.866.499.6065 for more information and timing.

All participants will converge at noon for lunch at the Spot Prawn Festival at Willingdon Beach. After lunch, at about 1 pm, all who want to can participate in the Accessible Kilometre walk, the third option, from Willingdon Beach along Marine Avenue to Wharf Street and back along Willingdon Avenue to finish.

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