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Go For the Burn returns Sunday

Annual fun run to support burn survivors

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
April 28, 2017

LOWER SACKVILLE, N.S. – The Nova Scotia Burn Support Group provides a multitude of services to burn survivors around the province, to help reintegrate them into society.
But this work requires fundraising, and this weekend’s Go For the Burn Fun Run in Lower Sackville will play a part in that.
The event will take place on Sunday, April 30, featuring 10K and 5K walk/run options.
“The fundraiser is for the Nova Scotia Burn Support Group so we can build awareness and have the funds needed to send survivors to conferences,” said Chris Backer, group representative in charge of the run.

Participants head out in the snowy inaugural Go For the Burn Fun Run in Lower Sackville, N.S. last year. This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday, April 20.

Photo courtesy of Chris Backer

“The firefighters give us so much money, but sadly it isn’t enough, so we try and fundraise to get the rest," he added,
The run is modeled after the Go For the Burn Run in Winnipeg, which takes place on the same weekend. The hope is to someday make it a national event, according to Backer.
“With The Running Room helping us organize and set up again this year, and the great sponsors we’ve gotten, I’m hoping that some other provinces will put their feet on the pavement to help make a change,” he said.
The burn support group was formed in 1986, with the main goal to provide support to burn victims and their families during their stay in hospital and following discharge. The support group holds meetings that consist of open discussions, guest speakers and workshops.
The fun run is put on the by the support group, in association with the Nova Scotia Firefighters Burn Treatment Society. It is a timed event, featuring medals and prizes.
The 5K course will remain the same as last year, running from the Sackville Fire Station No. 9 to Cobequid Road, while the 10K will be changed from last year’s route, which went around First Lake, to a route that goes more “around Sackville.”
This will be the second year for the Lower Sackville event. Last year’s event was visited by a surprise dump of snow.
“For a run that took place in the snow, we just broke even,” said Backer, earlier this week. “So this year I would really like to turn a profit, and with more runners (over 50) already registered than last year, it’s looking like that just may be a possibility.”
For more information on the Go For the Burn Fun Run, visit here .