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Surrey’s Great Salmon Run to showcase Tynehead Park and Local Salmon Stewards

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February 29, 2012

For immediate release

Surrey, BC– Runners take to the trails and paths of Tynehead Regional Park in North Surrey to help preserve and highlight the natural habitat for local salmon and trout. Join us Saturday May 12, 2012 as runners will take to the trails of the park, in an 8km run, 5km run or a high energy 300m Kids’ Dash n’ Splash run event.

“Surrey’s Great Salmon Run will bring the community together in Tynehead Regional Park to celebrate our freshwater fish habitat and our volunteer supporters that we’re so fortunate to have in our City,” says Mayor Dianne Watts.

The inaugural Great Salmon Run 8km challenging route and 5km family friendly route are both sanctioned by BC Athletics and highlight the new Tynehead Perimeter Trail in the eastern portion of Tynehead Regional Park. The trail contains integral drainage and salmon habitat features important for healthy watershed function. The Kids Dash n’ Splash run will involve kids under 12 in a combined run and salmon fry release into the Serpentine River ecosystem.

Live entertainment and activities hosted by local volunteer organizations will surround the Great Salmon Run event from 10am to 3pm, and includes a great post-race barbecue hosted by and in support of the Serpentine Enhancement Society volunteers that manage the Tynehead Hatchery facility on-site.
Increasing community awareness and appreciation of the importance of protecting the watershed that they reside within is an integral goal of all the local salmon stewardship groups involved and it begins with simple action such as taking part in a salmon fry release or pledging support to a local volunteer organization that make everyone’s efforts realized.

Online registration closes Tuesday, May 8th. To find out more visit www.surrey.ca/greatsalmonrun.

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For more information please contact:

Liana Ayach
Engineering Department
City of Surrey
Tel: 604-591-4383
LLayach@surrey.ca