Around the Lake race invests in trail running community

Organizers have earmarked $11,000 from last year's race towards local groups who focus on outdoor activities.

Organizers of the annual Around the Lake Give'R Take race are donating proceeds from the 2016 event to several local groups.

Organizers of the annual Around the Lake Give'R Take race are donating proceeds from the 2016 event to several local groups.

Several Chilliwack outdoor clubs will share in $11,000 raised at last October’s 14th annual Round the Lake Give ‘R Take 30 Trail race.

The Chilliwack Outdoor Club, Cascade Off-Road Motorcycle Club, Fraser Valley Bike Association and Fraser Valley Mountain Bike Association will each receive $2000.

“All of these groups have put in a major effort to build and maintain trails and will continue to do so,” said race co-founder Clarnce Wiens. “We have also set up a $1000 bursary to be given out by School District No. 33.”

The Chilliwack Track and Field Club receives $1,000 for their ongoing efforts to help train young runners.

The race committee has also donated $500 to the local St. John’s Ambulance volunteers who help out on race day.

The popular Chilliwack trail event is sold out every year and relies on 60 volunteers. Participants choose to run the entire 30 kilometre race or enter two-person relays of 14 and 16km.

The 2017 Round the Lake Give or Take race celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, introducing new trails in the first half of the race that make the total distance  closer to 30km.

This year’s race will be held Oct. 14, the  first Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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