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Annual Steveston Icebreaker 8K run registration now open

The race is not until January 2024, but the event fills up fast
Last year’s cheque for more than $6,000 is handed over to KidSport Richmond. Pictured (from left) are: Jordan Cluff (owner, New Balance Richmond), Evan Dunfee (KidSport Ambassador), Bob, Jackson (president, KidSport Richmond), Karen Fisher-Hagel (Kajaks, manager), Jared Hulme (race director)

It may still officially be summer, but registration for the annual Steveston Icebreaker 8K run and New Balance Kidsrun in January 2024 has opened.

The race - one of the major fundraisers for the Kajaks Track and Field Club - takes place along the Steveston Village boardwalk and dike trail on Jan. 14, 2024, which comes complete with a fundraising contest, with all the proceeds going to KidSport Richmond.

In 2022, the Icebreaker raised $6,134.74 to help children and youth in Richmond try or play a sport in the city.

“This is so awesome to be able to contribute to such a great cause. Sport can play a huge role in one’s life and KidSport is so important to our community,” said Jared Hulme, Icebreaker race director.

The Icebreaker has some fun, new stuff in the works and New Balance Richmond is back as the title sponsor.

“Keep your eye out for some free community runs this fall with lots of giveaways from New Balance and more,” added Hulme.

The 1K kids’ run is for ages 2-10 and parents/caregivers can run alongside their little ones.

“Sport has the power to build confidence, create lifelong friendships, learn to set and chase goals, and every kid should be afforded that opportunity and that is exactly what KidSport does,” said Richmond’s Olympic bronze medalist racewalker Evan Dunfee, who’s also a KidSport ambassador.

After back-to-back sellouts, participants are encouraged to register early for the event at and follow them on social media at @Icebreaker8k for the latest news and giveaways.

Organizers are advising people to take advantage of early bird pricing, with the next price increase on Oct. 15.