After taking a year off due to the pandemic, the ever popular Steveston Icebreaker 8K run is back.
Richmond’s only road race – accompanied by the New Balance 1K Kidsrun – is one of the premier events in the field in the province.
It’s set to take place Jan. 16 along Steveston’s famous waterfront boardwalk and is one of the major fundraisers for its organizers, the Kajaks Track and Field Club.
The race is the first in the Lifestages Lower Mainland Road Runners Series and the second of the BC Athletics BC Super Series.
So, if you are looking to start your running season off with a good time, some beautiful views and have some family fun, you don't want to miss this one.
New for the 2022 Icebreaker:
• New website www.icebreaker8k.ca
• Two team challenges: 1. Fundraising contest with all the money going toward Kidsport Richmond (already at $2k) 2. Biggest team on race day (prizes for both winners)
• Community-run ambassador program with seven Richmondites out in our community promoting active living, running and the Icebreaker
• Inaugural finisher medals for all the participants
• New faster certified course
• Evan Dunfee will be there with his Olympic medal and will be walking with the kids to raise money for KidSport Richmond
• New Balance Richmond is the title sponsor
Missing for the 2022 race, however, will be the run expo inside the community centre post-race, but there will still be some fun, safe activities at the start/finish line, say organizers.
Entries are already going through the roof, added the organizers, and the kids run is sold out.
“This is so exciting and cool to see the Richmond community come together for a great cause while getting some physical activity in as well," said Icebreaker race director Jared Hulme.
“The Richmond New Balance Store has been a huge part of the success of the event and there will be giveaways and discounts to all the participants that will take part in the Icebreaker and kids run. Follow @icebreaker8k to stay up to date.”
Hulme added that the event will be compliant with all Provincial Health Orders at the time of the race.
You can run or walk as the event is open to all levels from elite athletes to parents/caregivers pushing a stroller.
For more information, go to Icebreaker.ca.