Explore nature at Jog for the Bog

Get back in touch with nature at this month’s Jog for the Bog.

The annual chip-timed 5km and 10km walk or run travels along the edge of the Delta Nature Reserve.

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“You have beautiful plants in bloom right now down there. It’s really gorgeous, you’ve got some beautiful flowers,” says the Burns Bog Conservation Society’s Marcello Oliverio.

Jog for the Bog isn’t a highly competitive event and everyone can participate, says Oliverio.

The society hosts the event Sunday, July 22 to celebrate International Bog Day. The annual event celebrates the “beauty of bogs” and helps spread awareness of peatlands, their importance to all species and ecosystems, and the threats they face, the society’s website explains.

The Scottish Wildlife Trust started International Bog Day to raise awareness about disappearing peatlands worldwide. When the society celebrated International Bog Day in 1996, Canada became the 11th country to join the movement.

Proceeds from the jog go towards the society’s education programs. They include summer day camps, public tours, in-class workshops and field trips.

Surrey pop/folk singer/songwriter Richard Tichelman will be performing at the event and there will be a pancake breakfast hosted by DeDutch. Cobs Bakery will be serving up scones as well. 

Register online at http://www.burnsbog.org/jog. The cost is $45 for the 5km route and $50 to take part in the 10km option. Runners who raise more than $125 in pledges get their registration fee waived.

Delta Nature Reserve is accessible through the Planet Ice parking lot, located at 10389 Nordel Court.

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