Campbell River, Vancouver Island, British Columbia,

The Great Walk - Gold River to Tahsis

Organiser Betty Ganyo, "We're really excited about the response this year. We already have more than 600 paid-up registrants on file - up from just over 100 at about the same time last year. We may even hit our limit of 1,000 entries before the May 22nd registration deadline!"

Start of " The Great Walk "

 It started in 1978 and the tradion continues this year on June 3, 2000. This first walk raised more than $5,000 towards their community centre.

Since then, the "Great Walk," has gained the reputation of being North America's toughest walkathon. Each year there are more participants, raising more money for more charities.Last year more than $95,200 was pledged to the B.C. Lions Society for Children with Disabilities and another114 worthwhile charities.Walkers who choose to do so solicit sponsors for the charities of their choice; others just walk for the challenge.

The Course - 63.5 Km (40 mi.) from Gold River to Tahsis, B.C. on Vancouver Island.
Sponsored by Tahsis Lions Club, this June 3, 2000 marks the twenty third year of the GREAT WALK, an annual fund raising event. Participants walk the 63.5 kilometres of gravel logging road between Gold River and Tahsis on Vancouver Island which covers some of the most rugged and beautiful country in the world. The GREAT WALK has been sanctioned by the Canadian Volkssport Federation and is eligible for credit towards their IVV Achievement Awards program.

The GREAT WALK starts at 4:00 AM near Gold River and we reserve the right to pick up and bring in any walkers not recorded in by 8:00 PM. Advance registration (until April 30, 2000) is $45.
Regular registration (May 1, 2000 until midnight May 22, 2000) is $55. There will be no registrations accepted after midnight May 22, 2000.

 All walkers will receive a GREAT WALK T-shirt for making it halfway (Checkpoint 6) and the coveted Burning Boot Plaque for completing the route.

There are a total of twelve check-points along the way, handing out sandwiches, drinks and moral support! Special trophies are presented at the awards ceremony that starts at 9:00 PM. Ground transportation between Campbell River, Gold River and Tahsis is available, at additional cost, before and after the GREAT WALK.

photos courtesy of André Bérubé, Nanaimo
Finish of " The Great Walk " 

Interested in participating or volunteering your help.... Contact Betty Ganyo @ 250-934-6570
Registration can be done via their website at www.greatwalk.com

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