Get ready to Dash for Diabetes

The 4th Annual Stouffville Dash for Diabetes Charity Run/Walk takes place on June 18 beginning at 8am.

Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to join the fun.

The Minacs family of Stouffville, inspired by their eldest daughter Sarah who has been living with Type 1 Diabetes since the age of 12, started this event in 2014 to support the millions of Canadians who live with Diabetes.

The Stouffville Dash for Diabetes is a fun, community event for walkers and runners to gather and promote good health while raising awareness of diabetes and supporting Diabetes Canada.

Diabetes Canada leads the fight against diabetes by helping those affected by diabetes live healthy lives, preventing the onset and consequences of diabetes and discovering a cure.

Diabetes affects 1 in 3 Canadians and 20 Canadians are newly diagnosed with the disease every hour of every day. Physical
activity, such as running and walking is a key element in the prevention and/or management of
diabetes.

The 2017 Dash for Diabetes will offer a high-quality 5km run and walk course on closed roads and the beautiful trail system surrounding the Wheler’s Mill neighbourhood.

They will also be offering a Kids 1km Race Course, for those between 3-12 years of age. Thanks to the Kids 1K Presenting Sponsor, Tiny Seedlings, participation in the Kids 1km is free.

Both races will start and finish at the Stouffville Clippers Sports Complex.

Markham-Stouffville MP Jane Philpott will be the honorary race starter.

Both races are fully marshalled and there is official chip timing for the 5km event.

Participants receive a race number bib, race t-shirt and participant’s medal. There will be post-race food and expo. There will be Age Group Prizes and an exciting Fundraising prize. Fundraising is optional but those who raise $50 or more will be entered into a draw for several prizes with the Grand Prize of two free Air Canada tickets to anywhere in North America, Mexico or the Caribbean.

The 2016 event attracted 665 participants and raised over $30,000 and the organizers are hoping to surpass those numbers this year.

Visit www.dashfordiabetes.ca for more information.

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