RUNNING FOR A REASON The valleys first Daffodil Dash is being held on Sunday, April 26th and runners are encouraged to register now. From left to right, Sheila Tutty, president of the CV unit of the Canadian Cancer Society and Dash organizer thanks event sponsors Beva Kirk of Crazy Soles, and Rhiannon and Stuart Tutty of Stuart Tutty Financial Services.  Photo contributed

RUNNING FOR A REASON The valleys first Daffodil Dash is being held on Sunday, April 26th and runners are encouraged to register now. From left to right, Sheila Tutty, president of the CV unit of the Canadian Cancer Society and Dash organizer thanks event sponsors Beva Kirk of Crazy Soles, and Rhiannon and Stuart Tutty of Stuart Tutty Financial Services.Photo contributed

By Sheila Tutty

Canadian Cancer Society, Columbia Valley Unit

The Columbia Valley unit of the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is launching its inaugural Daffodil Dash. The unit is one of four locations in B.C. taking part.

This event is a one-kilometre walk, five-kilometre or ten-kilometre run fundraiser which replaces the Relay for Life.

Our first Daffodil Dash will be held on Sunday, April 26th at Mount Nelson Athletic Park in Invermere. This event is geared for walkers and runners of all ages, and is a perfect opportunity for the whole family to participate.

The race will begin at 9 a.m. sharp, with the 10-kilometre runners heading out first. Minutes later, the five-kilometre participants will take off, and then the one-kilometre walkers.

Each participant is encouraged to raise at least $150 by way of sponsors. There are many ways of garnering sponsorship: going door to door, asking relatives, collecting bottles, having a bake sale or garage sale the list is endless.

In past years for the Relay, my two young grandsons raised over $700 every year. Everyone who does raise $150 or more will be given a swag bag full of all sorts of goodies.

All money raised from this event goes to cancer research, education and prevention, and support services for those living with cancer. And lets face it, we are all touched by cancer in one way or another.

Registration for teams or individuals can be made online at www.cancer.ca/daffodildash or by picking up a form at Crazy Soles Running/Yoga Store in downtown Invermere. Donation forms are also available online as well as at Crazy Soles.

Registration cost is $30 for adults (or $40 the day of) and $15 for 18 years and under (or $20 the day of). If you register as a team (four or more people), the adult fee drops to $24 ($32 the day of), and the youth fee is $12 ($16 the day of).

For more information, contact Sheila at sheilatutty@telus.net or call 250-342-9059