From left to right: Author Zig Misiak, Student Ben Shoffro, Principal Dale Petruka, SKIP Director Liz Martorano, Hockey Legend Walter Gretzky
Walter Gretzky will be our honorary Race Marshal at the starting line of Brantford BURST 2017.
Father of ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, the elder Gretzky is well known for his dedication to helping many local, provincial, and national charities. We’re thrilled to have Walter kick off Brantford’s first ever colour fun run.
On Sunday, September 10th at 11 a.m., the first batch of runners, walkers and strollers will leave the starting line following the scenic Grand River, looping at Birkett Lane and returning back to the Civic Centre parking lot.
Brantford BURST 2017, the 5 kilometre colour fun run in support of SKIP (Seniors and Kids Intergenerational Programs) is sold out.
600 runners plus a small army of volunteers, race officials, sponsors and support personnel will be on hand for this one-of-a-kind event. The objective of the event was to create awareness for SKIP, a Brantford based not-for-profit that has attracted attention both locally and around the world for its innovative brand of intergenerational programming.
Zig Misiak, local author, educator and historian has joined the SKIP team to help with Brantford BURST 2017. Misiak is friends with Walter and the Gretzky family.
“Walter is a wonderful and giving guy. He is supportive of so many great causes and he eagerly accepted our invitation to be our Honorary Race Marshal. Walter is synonymous with Brantford and we’re thrilled to have him at the starting line to kick off our colour run.”
Brantford BURST 2017 is going to generate a lot of photo opportunities and I think that a few of those photos will include Brantford’s famous hockey father.”
Brantford’s first ever colour run kicks off behind the Civic Centre on Sunday, September 10th. Brantford BURST 2017 also features food trucks, entertainment prior to the run and an opportunity to buy SKIP branded clothing and accessories.
The event begins the day before on Saturday, September 9th when ticket holders need to exchange their QR coded tickets for race kits containing their event t-shirts, sunglasses and wristbands. Race kit pickup is from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Brantford and District Civic Centre.
Race Kit Pick Up Day is an event onto it’s own featuring a number of sponsor tables and draw prizes.
“We’re encouraging everyone to bring nonperishable food items for Brantford Food Bank. We’ll be drawing for a number of prizes including signed copies of my books.”