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Lighting up the lake in three Maritime cities

Events to benefit pancreatic cancer patients and research

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Oct. 25, 2017

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – When Kate Elliott was hired by the Craig’s Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society, they wanted her to put together an event that would attract those outside of their regular community.
That was 2014, and the result was Light up the Lake, a fundraising night time 5K run/walk that will this year be held in three Maritime cities over the next three weeks.
“We knew there were lots of 5K runs, but we figured a night run would make it unique,” said Elliott, the society’s community engagement and fundraising coordinator. “There are unique challenges to a night run, but the solutions – head lamps, spotlights, and glow batons, also add to the whole atmosphere.”

The annual Light up the Lake events, in support of the Craig’s Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society, will take place in Saint John, N.B. on Oct. 29, Dartmouth, N.S. on Nov. 4, and Charlottetown on Nov. 18. Shown here are Denise (left) and Ashley Robson at last year’s Dartmouth event.

Photo courtesy of Kate Elliott

The first event will take place at Rockwood Park in Saint John, N.B. on the evening of Sunday, Oct. 29. The next will be around Lake Banook in Dartmouth, N.S. on Saturday, Nov. 4, and the last will be in Charlottetown on the Confederation Trail on Saturday, Nov. 18.
Ideally, the route goes around a lake, but that is not always possible, as is the case with the Charlottetown event.
“We try to pick relatively flat courses,” she said. “It is not meant to be challenging, it is meant to give you a run with a potential personal best to finish off the season, and also one that is attractive to new runners and walkers.”
Registrations are looking promising, according to Elliott, who said the New Brunswick event has more than 100 signed up for the first time.
The Nova Scotia event usually attracts around 300, while the Prince Edward Island event’s numbers are climbing and could hit 100.
The Craig’s Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society will host each of the events.
“The goal is literally to shine a light on pancreatic cancer,” said Elliott. “Awareness is very low, which can create delays in diagnosis, and this leads to limited treatment options.”
Ninety-two per cent of Canadians diagnosed with pancreatic cancer are not expected to survive their diagnosis.
Funds raised from Light up the Lake events will support pancreatic cancer patients and research.
For more on Light up the Lake, visit here for the Saint John event, here for the Dartmouth event, and here for the Charlottetown event.