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MAD Dashers needed to help end diabetes

Registration open for the MAD Dashers run/walk in Pitt Meadows
A running Belt, blue or black, will be included to all live participants registered by April 29th – after that date it is while supplies last. (Mad Dashers Dash for Diabetes/Special to The News)

Registration is open for the annual MAD Dashers – Making a Difference for Diabetes.

The run/walk was started in 2015 by Pitt Meadows resident Neli Avila who wanted to bring awareness to the community, to raise some money and try to change the lives of people who have type 1 diabetes in order for them to be able to live a long and healthy life.

“With my passion for running and becoming a type 1 diabetic myself in 2012, I decided to make a difference for diabetes and started a run/walk event to get the community involved,” explained Avila.

Start and finish for the event will be in Osprey Village in Pitt Meadows on Sunday, May 26.

The run/walk will start following the opening ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. and will follow the dike trails along the Fraser River.

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“The dyke trails are a great hard-pack surface for running, that work well with any road running shoes. They also have the benefit of no cars and a mostly flat course that is good for setting PB’s, personal best times, or simply walking and enjoying the scenery,” said Avila.

There is a five kilometre route and a 10 kilometre route.

New this year will be sponsored chip timing by Trio Sport Events for accurate times and placings.

Those who register by Monday, April 29, will receive a custom made MAD Dashers medal and running belt. Following the date it will be only available while supplies last.

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Avila noted the run/walk can be done virtually as well and includes a running bib.

“This is an event for runners, and walkers of all abilities,” added Avila.

Custom-made medals with a unique design will be handed out at the event.

A discounted rate is available for those 16 years and younger.

To register for the event or for more information go to:

Colleen Flanagan

About the Author: Colleen Flanagan

I got my start with Black Press Media in 2003 as a photojournalist.
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