Guest post by Meaghan Jorgensen, AScT, Project Manager
Binnie had an incredible turnout at this year’s Sun Run event, held on Sunday, April 24, 2022. Nearly 10% of the company (30 of our roughly 300 staff) participated either in-person or virtually on Team Binnie. We had all skill levels represented, including competitive runners, joggers, and walkers. Many participants were doing their first 10km race! It was a beautiful day, and the forecasted rain held off.
As one Binnie Team member said, ‘It can’t rain at the SUN Run!’
The cherry blossoms were in full bloom, with live music at every kilometre, and many cheerleaders from the community on the sidelines encouraging us on. There was even a father/daughter duo doling out A535, (which is a sore muscle cream) to anyone who wanted it. The sense of community at the race is one of the main reasons I participate, along with getting outside, meeting people, and feeling that huge accomplishment of finishing a 10-k race.
The race was one of the more well-attended Binnie-sponsored events since the beginning of the pandemic. Most participants were in the largest crowd they had been in since prior to the pandemic. We were able to get to know a few new faces and connect with staff outside of our typical groups. We have a very cool group of people working for Binnie.
I am so proud to be part of this company.
Grom the Vancouver Sun:
With the Vancouver Sun Run returning to the city streets Sunday, following a two-year hiatus amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the 10-kilometre event and mini-run brought back a sense of normalcy for casual, recreational and elite participants.
“A lot of them were emotional around the fact that here we were again with another re-building of the Sun Run with around 23,000 and we have some where to grow,” said race director Tim Hopkins.
“We were at 50 per cent of where we were in the last one (2019) and we knew that going in with the pandemic, and especially the Omicron variant, it was affecting registration numbers early on.
“To get the numbers we have now — 3,000 virtual, 1,100 in the mini-run and close to 19,000 in the in-person event — is pretty incredible. There was a lot of passion and a lot of runners were really excited to be there and they showed that.
“It was created to get people to change their lifestyles and we love the fact we have elite athletes and walkers doing 10K for the first time. We don’t target the fastest runners, it’s about creating positive lifestyle changes.”