Recap: Canuck Place Adventure Race (PHOTOS)

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Jericho Beach was a lively location on Sunday, September 7 thanks to the Canuck Place Adventure Race! Over 80 volunteers and staff helped 100 participants in the short and long courses and 40 participants in the kid’s course. Thanks to all the courageous participants, dedicated volunteers, amazing donors and philanthropic sponsors, the 2014 Adventure Race raised over $118,000 to support Canuck Place Children’s Hospice (CPCH).

Among the participating teams was Team Ashley, a group of young adults who raced in memory of a teenager, who passed away at Canuck Place. Many members from Team Ashley visited Canuck Place and experienced firsthand the clinical care from CPCH staff and support from volunteers. “Canuck Place took great care of Ashley, and we wanted to give back,” said one of the members of Team Ashley. “The Canuck Place Adventure Race brought us together. Even out on the course, it was a team atmosphere, rather than being a competitive one. Other racers who we had never met before were cheering for us and encouraging us to go on! It was just fantastic.”

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Eight-year-old Mathan Gorospe’s birthday wish was to sail, bike and run in the memory of his brother who was cared for at Canuck Place. He and his parents participated in the Adventure Race for the first time and enjoyed themselves immensely. “Seeing other people participate and support families like ours was a humbling experience. I was overwhelmed by everyone’s spirit to finish the race. Like us, their strength came from their reasons for racing,” said Mathan’s mom, Rochelle Roces. “Participating in the Canuck Place Adventure Race was very fun for all of us.”

Also on the course this year was Team Sunshine, 24 magnificent women from the Sunshine Coast who worked hard to train and fundraise for the Adventure Race. Together, these ladies held bake sales, pub nights, and encouraged local businesses, friends and families to contribute to the cause and raised over $25,000!

For the first time, two Canuck Place children on the program participated in the brand new accessible course. With the help of specialized duet bikes and trail runners, both Mason Hernandez, 5, and Griffin Martel, 11, completed their first Adventure Race. Watching them have fun on the course and cross the finish line with the help and support of their parents and siblings was a great source of inspiration for many spectators.

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The late summer weather made for a beautiful day in Vancouver, and lit up the race routes along Jericho Beach, Spanish Banks and Pacific Spirit Park with plenty of spectators. It was truly an amazing day to be out and about and to see so many Canuck Place supporters come together to race for a reason and build courage for Canuck Place children and families.

Canuck Place Adventure Race features a Kayak, Mountain Bike, and Trail Run. The race course highlights the beauty of Vancouver’s most stunning scenery, including Jericho Beach, Spanish Banks and Pacific Spirit Park. The event includes an exciting start/finish line, a Long Course and Short Course race as well as an opportunity for kids to participate and support Canuck Place in an exclusive Kids Race (Assisted Sail, Mountain Bike and Trail Run).

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is British Columbia’s recognized pediatric palliative care provider. Over 560 newborns, children and teens with life-threatening illnesses and their families receive care from CPCH through outreach programs and two provincial hospice locations; Vancouver and Abbotsford. Services include clinical respite and family support, pain and symptom management, 24-hour phone consultation support and in-house clinical care, art and education, recreation therapy, grief and loss counselling and end-of-life care. Through the investment of the community and our talented team and over 325 energetic volunteers we make a lasting difference in the lives of children and the families who love them.

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Leanna Morgans, 4, crossing the finish line

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Team Ashley

Kaitlyn Veuger, highest kid fundraiser, and Tasman Miller

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Vancity Buzz was a proud media sponsor of the Canuck Place Adventure Race

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