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Official Logo WELCOME TO THE GREAT LAKE WALK
to be held on the third Saturday of September

2013 CANCELLED due to lack of registrations.

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

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PRESS RELEASE

Date of release: September 5, 2013

2013 GREAT LAKE WALK & ULTRAMARATHON CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF PARTICIPANTS

It is with a heavy heart that the Great Lake Walk (GLW) Society must announce that this year's Great Lake Walk & Ultra Marathon has had to be cancelled.

Deadline time has arrived and there simply were not enough registrations received this year to cover even the basic costs of safely hosting this year's event.

While the Great Lake Walk Society members can trim certain costs to a bare minimum, safety and comfort of participants and volunteers was held in high regard and costs for this could not be cut.

Coupled with lack of registrations, the GLW Society has also experienced a decrease in sponsorship commitment from other partners involved in making an event of this caliber viable and successful.

The decision had to be made by September 5th due to pending deadlines for implementation of all the final details of hosting an event of this nature (toilets, rest stations, food, insurance, t-shirts, prizes, buses, first aid, supplies and volunteers - just to name a few).

The Great Lake Walk Event has been running since 2002. During this time, participants have collected over $700,000 for charities of their choice and over 360 charities have benefited from this event.

This event has had tremendous economic spinoff for the Cowichan Lake area and will be sadly missed this year.

In 2002 there were approximately 779 participants and over the last few years numbers have stabilized to approximately 350. Unfortunately, this year numbers dropped off to below 160. People are overcommitted and just can't do it all. For some, the walk/run around Cowichan Lake is a gruelling personal challenge. Training for an event like this begins early in the year.

Organizers are already working hard for next year's 2014 event in the hopes that participation and sponsorship numbers will climb back up again. Watch for updates on the website including information on the new team option. Visit www.greatlakewalk.com for all the details. For more information please contact:
Joan Hieta,
Chair,
Great Lake Walk Society
250-749-3707
joanhieta@shaw.ca

"Experience the Walk, Walk the Experience"

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Enter your team and do a relay/tag team approach to complete the 56km!

The Great Lake Walk Society presents a new meaning to the word TEAM

Enter your team and do a relay/tag team approach to complete the 56 kms
Be the team that raises the most money for the charity of your choice. Challenge other teams.
The base price for a team includes each person's entry fee, food, prizes, medical care, use of facilities
Identify your team-- showcase and promote yourself. Decorate your team vehicle

Minimum team members is 3
Maximum team members is equal to the number of seatbelts in the team vehicle
You monitor your own team and the distance each person walks/runs
An adult must accompany children under 14 years of age
One team vehicle per team. The team driver may also be a team member
The team vehicle must be a regular passenger vehicle
Team vehicle must identity your team
Route Committee will be monitoring team vehicles. RCMP will be brought in for any concerns.
Team vehicle goes out before the 5 am start time. Team members must start the walk together.
All team members MUST cross the finish line together
For security reasons, all team members must record their walker numbers at Rest Stops 3, 5, 7, 10, 11 and 12.
Team vehicles must stop at these rest stops.

NO ALCOHOL OR DRUGS

Check out our Registration Page for more details

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Mike Watson who started the walk with 55 students from Pearson College left everyone in his wake as he crossed the finish line in 4:52:26
Joan Hieta, our chairperson congratulates Mike and presents him with his print for completing the walk.

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Joah Hieta is presenting the perpetual Michaela Davidson painting to Sam Beldessi and Eileen Pilkington of the Lions Club for all the years of being "Last Walker Vehicle" Line

This was posted on FaceBook by Cathy Ferguson-King, after learning that her son was the youngest walker in this year's race.

Koltin received his prize of a "Fungus Sculpture" and got to see his name on the Perpetual Plaque.

"Pretty cool... it was his 14th birthday....and he wanted to raise $1400 for Muscular Dystrophy on his 14th birthday...by walking the GLW....well he raised over $3600 and finished! SO proud of him.. he left me in the dust but was there at the finish.. What an awesome birthday!"
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Listen to the interview by our local radio station at the finish line.

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The recipient of Honeymoon Bay Retreat and Spa Package Prize was: JANET RATHY OF NANAIMO Bib # 5876

The winner of the Boutique Motel Package was: ROB SMITH OF VICTORIA

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Last years Perpetual Trophy winner was the Lions Club of Lake Cowichan. They have graciously volunteered since the beginning and we are very grateful for their help.
One of their duties is to supply the "Tracker Car" which follows the last walker to make sure they arrive at their destination.

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Attention all Walkers!! Please take a few minutes to fill out our online survey. Click here to take The Walkers Survey

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Check us out on FaceBook. Ask others to join your team or support your favourite charity. You can also post tips to help others who are thinking of doing the walk but are a bit timid.

Keep up-to-date with us on Twitter as well.

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Last year's walk raised $27,048.00 for a variety of charities and causes. Check out our "Charities Supported" Link for the details

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As well as individual walkers/runners, we strongly encourage team entries and corporate challenges. All the forms needed to register for the Great Lake Walk, as well as information on team incentives can be found on the Registration page.

If you cannot print from this format, please contact us We will be happy to mail the forms.

You can also register using PayPal on our Registration Page.

The folks from THE RUNNING ROOM will also take your registration.


To keep up to date with what's going on around our town tune into CICV Radio 98.7FM

Listen to Joan Hieta as she's being interviewed by CICV 98.7FM Radio of Lake Cowichan

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Don't delay...you could be promoting The Great Lake Walk

Contact us through the
Link on the Souvenirs Page

There's Lots of fun for all ! !

The team from Pearson College in Metchosin B.C. took the challenge again this year with 62 participants. You'll recognize them by their team shirts and broad grins...

Congratulations! to all who participated and a Big "Thank You" To All the Volunteers
Hope to see you all on September 21st, 2013

Sign In 2006, with funds set aside for community projects, we commissioned a beautiful yellow cedar carving by Zak Stolk, a local artist.
Find out more.

Video Clips from the 2006 Great Lake Walk...more info...

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS GREAT WALKING EVENT

The Great Lake Walk is the premiere walking-ultramarathon event of the Cowichan Valley on beautiful Vancouver Island. Find out more.

SEE THE ROUTE
Walk or run from the community of Youbou on the north shore to Caycuse, Honeymoon Bay, Mesachie Lake on the south shore, finishing in the Town of Lake Cowichan. You will be greeted with warm welcomes along the way from the volunteers at the twelve rest stops. They supply food, drinks, porta-potties and more. More information.

FAMILY EVENT
Make the most of your visit to our friendly towns. Lots of fun activities are planned for you and your family including a pasta dinner and breakfast hosted by local organizations, bowling, skating, entertainment and more. The Walker Letter contains all the details.
HOW TO GET HERE
Follow the maps to the Cowichan Lake recreation area on Vancouver Island. The quiet scenic beauty of the majestic trees and mountains surrounding the lake will enthrall you. Get directions. WHO ARE OUR SPONSORS?
The Great Lake Walk Society would like to thank the sponsors who donate time and funds to make this event such a success each year. Please support our sponsors.
WALK/RUN FOR CHARITY
Great Lake Walk participants are encouraged to walk or run to raise funds for their charity of choice, although this is not mandatory. More than 300 charities and causes have benefited over the years.
Take a look. HOW TO VOLUNTEER
Hundreds of volunteers dressed in bright yellow t-shirts host the walkers/runners in the 56 km Great Lake Walk and Ultramarathon each year. Their generous support has helped make this event a great success. New volunteers are always appreciated. Join the team.

Enjoy our Website! If you have any questions or comments, please contact us.