The Reach Discovery Run returns

The Reach Discovery Run is up and running again for 2011. The largest fundraising event for The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford will take place on Sunday, April 10, featuring the Thrifty Foods 5k run or walk and the 10k run on the City of Abbotsford Discovery Trail.

The run is timed, which makes it an excellent event for novice and experienced runners.

“We’ve had great response to our route from last year’s participants. Using a combination of the Discovery Trail and the roads around The Reach makes for a smooth, relatively flat course,” said race director Karina Chow.  “Many participants had one of their best times ever at our run”.

New for 2011 is the Thrifty Foods 5k run and walk sponsored by Abbotsford Thrifty Foods.

“We’re thrilled to be part of a fun family event that raises funds for arts and culture activities in Abbotsford,” said Mike Bryant, Thrifty Foods Abbotsford manager. Thrifty Foods will have its own team in the 5K and we challenge our customers to join us to support the exhibitions and programs of The Reach.”

Grade 4 to 12 students are also invited to submit a t-shirt design entry for this year’s event.  The top three selected entries will receive a flip camera courtesy of Thrifty Foods and an entry into this year’s run.  The selected design will be used on all t-shirts for this year’s event.  The design contest runs until March 10 – more information is available on The Reach website.

The 2011 Reach Discovery Run will feature the same route with traffic services now provided by A&D Traffic as well as refreshments provided by Thrifty Foods and Tim Hortons.

The Run will also feature a Sunday Family Arts Tent for children and youth with hands on art activities from their very popular Sunday Family Arts program and a performance stage to keep everyone entertained while the runners and walkers finish.

Interested runners can register at any Running Room location, The Reach or online at or you can also contact Karina Chow at or 604-864-8087 ext. 123 for group and school team information.

The mission of The Reach is to be the centre of cultural and creative innovation in the Fraser Valley. The Reach is committed to preserving and sharing the stories of our rich and diverse cultural heritage and showcasing the best in the visual arts from both inside and outside our community. Admission to exhibitions is free.