Paavo Nurmi Run

Last month I shared some tips about running in New West. If you’ve been considering a flat, fun and local run, I enthusiastically recommend the Paavo Nurmi Run on Saturday, June 22nd at 9am. The run takes place along the South trails of Burnaby Lake Park (a new route this year).

The Paavo Nurmi Run is a fun run for folks of all ages and speeds. There are three different distances available: 3km, 5km or 10km. The runs are low cost compared to a lot of other runs: $25-35 per participant – and kids run for free! Your registration for the run also gets you free access to the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival down the street at the Scandinavian Centre. There are even medals and prizes for top finishers.

Who is Paavo Nurmi you ask? He was a Finnish nine-time Olympic Gold winner and is considered one of the greatest runners of all time. Some refer to him as “The King of Runners” or the “Flying Finn.”

To register for the event you can head over to their website.

Bonus: The Midsummer Festival in Burnaby hosts a Wife Carrying Contest on Sunday, June 23rd (inclusive of all genders). It’s an entertaining afternoon you won’t forget.