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Run and fun to put bog in spotlight on Sunday

International Bog day follows Jog for the Bog

The Burns Bog Conservation Society is combining two of its signature events into one magical day this Sunday.

The non-profit society that promotes ecological conservation of Burns Bog and other peatlands will host its annual Jog for the Bog as well as International Bog Day.

The day kicks off at 9 a.m. with Jog for the Bog, a five-kilometre walk/run and a 10-kilometre run along the beautiful trails of the Delta Nature Reserve.

Registration for the chiptimed run opens at 8 a.m., with a warm up set for 8:45 a.m. There will be a pancake breakfast and awards ceremony following the run.

Then it's on to International Bog Day, which is filled with interactive displays, guided tours

of Burns Bog, eco-friendly vendors, yoga classes, fitness competitions and games as well as performances from Bhangra and belly dancing groups. There will also be live music from talented musicians ranging from Afro-Cuban jazz to contemporary folk.

All Bog Day activities, which run from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., take place just outside the Delta Nature Reserve at 10388 Nordel Court.

Proceeds from Jog for the Bog and International Bog Day maintain the boardwalk through the Delta Nature Reserve and fund the society's educational programs. Each year over 50,000 people walk through the Delta Nature Reserve and witness the beauty of Burns Bog. People come from across the Lower Mainland

and around the world to see the diversity of this unique ecosystem.

The Burns Bog Conservation Society also takes over 2,500 students, ranging from kindergarten to university, on educational tours of Burns Bog. It offers public tours on the third Saturday of every month (except July), where guides give in-depth information on the many plants and animals found in the bog.

Throughout the summer the society offers day camps, which are a fantastic opportunity for children to have fun, be outdoors and learn about the natural world around them.

For more information or to register for the run, call 604-572-0373 or email [email protected].