Run For H2O
Run for H2O seeks to raise money as well as awareness, compassion, and generosity for sustainable clean water projects to Guatemalan communities in desperate need. We believe that the provision of water will transform communities in poverty to have hope of a sustainable future. Through this Run, we also aim to bring together the Fraserview community by gathering support from businesses and general interest and concern. All funds raised will go directly to HOPE International, a registered, non-profit international development organization currently working in 22 countries. HOPE International’s mission is to improve the basic human necessities in third world countries while educating and involving North Americans in development issues.
Run for H2O will take place along the Fraser River as a visual reminder of water in Southeast Vancouver and Burnaby. It is also an ideal location as the River district is an award-winning project and the newest waterfront community in Southeast Vancouver. We chose this area specifically because of the scenery and how it is fast becoming a one of largest communities in Vancouver. With new developments rising and more to come in the future, new residents and life will be infused into the area and it only seems fitting that while a new community is growing, by supporting Run for H2O, it’s residents can also be part of a movement that restores life into another community in need of access to clean water.
H2O is the chemical name for water and as a play on words, it also represents Hope 2 Offer, the name of the leadership team and our goal – to offer hope to those who don’t have much of it.
We hope you catch our vision of making the world a better place by giving hope through clean water.
10K Timed Race: 9:30 AM Start
Along the shores of the Fraser River and through the beauty of some of South Vancouver and Burnaby’s trails and parks, this 10K course promises a scenic run! Starting in Riverfront Park in Vancouver, the route heads east along North Fraser Way, through the picturesque Glenlyon Urban Trail, and loops west along the shoreline of the Fraser River back to the finish line at Riverfront Park. The route consists of mostly paved walkways with part gravel trail and few inclines. It is a great path for the whole family to run, jog, or walk. There will be water and first aid stations along the route, as well as race marshals to answer any questions you may have and guide you along the way.
5K Fun Run: 10:00 AM Start
Join us for a beautiful 5K loop through South Vancouver and Burnaby by running, walking, skipping, or dancing! It’s up to you! This route starts in Riverfront Park in Vancouver, heads west along East Kent Avenue South, makes a turn by Gladstone Park, and loops back along Riverwalk Avenue where you will reach back to the finish line at Riverfront Park.
Whether 5K is easy or a daunting new challenge for you, you will love the run along this flat, scenic route. The route is part paved walkway and part gravel park trail, with water stations and friends to cheer you on along the way. Strollers and pets are all welcome.
1 KM Kid's Run: 11:00 AM Start
Little ones and the young at heart can join in on the fun through our 1K Kids Fun Run.
The route starts at riverfront park along the waterway heads along the shoreline and makes a loop around back to the finish line. This route sits right in the heart of riverfront park where parents and friends can cheer on the kids along the entire course.
50 M Toddler Dash: 11:30 AM Start
We also have a special 50M Toddler Dash across the field at Riverfront Park for our smallest runners – seeing the finish line from the beginning will make it easier to make it to the end!
This route will take place in the main area of the Run for H2O event along the grass where you can watch and cheer on your little one. Help your kids learn that big or small, they can make a real difference for kids just like them around the world.