We announced our Remembrance Day Virtual Races fundraiser with VR Pro back in August. Soon after, we reached out to 96-year-old Canadian D-Day veteran Jim Parks. As a 19-year-old, Jim landed on Juno Beach near the present day site of the Juno Beach Centre (JBC) and the museum holds a special place in his heart. He readily agreed to be our Remembrance Day Races Ambassador, telling runners that, “What they are running for is for the people that are still over there in Bény-sur-Mer and Bretteville-sur-Laize. We’ve got about 5,200 people still lying there. All Canadians who made the supreme sacrifice. Part of this run is in recognition of the sacrifice they have made”.
Jim also shared that he has been an active runner for his entire life and offered to walk the Strongpoint 1500m to raise money for the Juno Beach Centre! You can donate in support of his walk through the Running Room website.
Register for one of three distances, the Strongpoint 1500m, the Juno Beach 8k, or the Remembrance 21.1k. $10 from each registration goes directly to the Juno Beach Centre!
The Juno Beach Centre is very honoured to have the support of our great friend Jim Parks for our virtual Remembrance Races. The event is open for registration until November 28, 2020, and the funds raised will help the JBC overcome the losses associated with the prolonged closure of the museum in order to fight COVID-19.
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