Stanley Park readies for 1,300 runners at Modo Spring Run-Off 8k



(ISN) –  Vancouver, BC – With more than 1,300 runners registered, the second annual Modo Spring Run-Off 8k (Modo 8k) returns again to Stanley Park on Sunday, March 22. Featuring top runners leading the pack, the all-ages, all-levels race has a unique community focus.

“The course through Stanley Park is beautiful and we have a great group of athletes out to run – it’ll be a fun one!” said Race Director Clifton Cunningham. “It’s definitely the most competitive Elite field yet for the Modo Spring Run-Off 8k.”

The Canada Running Series, the sanctioning body for the footrace, has put up prize money for the top three male and female BC athletes, in addition to their standard winner’s purse, making the Elite fields more competitive than ever. The Elite field already includes the 2013 Canadian Cross Country Champion, Natasha Wodak, who won the Modo 8k female division last year, as well as Kelly Wiebe, who will be back defending his Modo 8k male division title. Lanni Marchant, the current Canadian Marathon record holder will compete as well as Beer mile world champion, Corey Gallagher.

Modo, Metro Vancouver and Victoria’s oldest local carshare co-op, has brought on the Take a Hike Foundation as charity partner for a second year. An alternative high school program for at-risk youth in Vancouver, Burnaby and Trail, BC, Take a Hike’s team of teacher, counsellors and outdoor specialists use adventure-based learning to teach students life skills, as well as attempt to repair relationships between students and their families.

“The Modo 8k is an excellent event that inspires people to get fit and connect with their community, and we’re thrilled to be part of it again this year,” said Jaydeen Williams, Take a Hike Programs Coordinator. “And we’ll even have several students running!”

Along with the race, Modo will also host a Community Fair inside the Stanley Park Pavilion that is open to the public. Modo community partners, including the City of Vancouver’s Pop-Up City Hall, Stanley Park Ecology Society, HUB, Share Shed, Vancouver Farmers Markets, Hitch Planet and Maker Mobile, will offer live demos, interactive display and resources around the theme of the “Healthy, Connected City.” There will also be a live canoe carving demonstration by First Nations carver David Robinson, who also provides workshops for Take a Hike students, and a photo booth.

Pre-registered runners for the Modo 8k can pick up their race packets on Saturday, March 21 from 10–4pm at the Running Room, 679 Denman Street. Packet pickup will be available on race day from 8:30–9:45am at the Stanley Park Pavilion. The race begins promptly at 10am with an awards ceremony at 11:15am.