Cancer society creates new fundraiser

Soggy Otter adventure race to include paddle-boarding, running and biking.

  • Aug. 14, 2015 7:00 p.m.

Ready, set, SOAR!

There is an exciting new fundraising event happening in the East Kootenay. On Saturday October 3rd at Jim Smith Lake in Cranbrook, we invite East Kootenay residents to come paddle, run and bike with us, all in support of the Canadian Cancer Society!

The Soggy Otter Adventure Race (SOAR) features three great outdoor sports: kayaking, trail running, and mountain biking – with some fun surprises thrown in! The race is designed to be challenging yet fun for all ages and skill levels. You’ll be paddling around the lake, biking for 7km, and running for 5km (not necessarily in that order!) You can put together a team of three participants and do it Relay style, or challenge yourself to go it alone.

We already know that about half of all cancers can be prevented through healthy living and staying active, so putting together an event that gets friends and families outside utilizing this natural playground that we live in seemed like a no brainer.” Says Rob Porter of Just Liquid Sports, one of the event organizers.

SOAR is a unique event – this is not your regular triathlon! Having the three race components happening in and around Jim Smith Lake, you can chose to do the route once or see how many times you can complete the entire circuit during the allotted time. In developing the event, we are working together with community groups like Wild Horse Bike Club and Backyard Traveler, all with the hope of engaging people’s interest in being active far beyond event day. The event will also include a post-race BBQ and entertainment, kid’s zone, and vendor booths.

Event organizers are also thrilled to announce the Heid Out Restaurant and Brewhouse as the Founding Sponsor for the race. “After all, their Soggy Otter Ale helped with some of the creativity that went into the planning!” Porter jokes.

Registration is capped to ensure smooth execution of the event, so avoid disappointment and get your team registered early! Registration forms can be picked up and dropped off at Just Liquid Sports, The Canadian Cancer Society office or the Paw Shop on 10th Avenue. They are also available for purchase online at Snapd East Kootenay’s website. Early bird registration is on now until Sept 4 and is $80 for adults and $60 for youth aged 13 – 18. After Sept 4 fees will increase to $100 adult and $80 youth.

To maximize our contribution to the Canadian Cancer Society’s work in life saving research, cutting edge prevention efforts and practical and emotional support programs for local cancer patients, participants are encouraged to do additional fundraising individually or as a team. Have fun with it – perhaps ask your friends and family to sponsor you an amount per round completed. Have a team BBQ or garage sale. The possibilities are endless and all efforts will make a difference in the lives of those fighting cancer. Registered participants will be given access to a team fundraising page to assist with on-line fundraising efforts – an instant and secure way for your contacts anywhere in the world to support you.

Come have fun and SOAR with us on Saturday October 3. For more information, email


Just Posted

Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison. Photo courtesy Conservative Party of Canada.
MP Morrison appointed to parliamentary national security committee

Kootenay-Columbia parliamentarian one of five candidates appointed to national security committee

Repaving of Victoria Ave (3rd St. S. to 11th St. S.) began on Monday, June 12. Drivers are asked to please avoid the area for the remainder of the day, if possible. Please watch for and obey directions from flaggers and signage, as the detours will be moving regularly. Photo courtesy City of Cranbrook.
Road construction, repaving programs well underway

Local road construction and repaving work continue apace, as summer programs get… Continue reading

Vendors and customers at one of the Cranbrook markets in 2020. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)
Cranbrook Farmers Market updates operating hours for the summer

Markets will continue to run from 10a.m. to 1p.m. until October 30th

City council passed first reading of a text amendment to a downtown zoning bylaw that would permit the land use for a craft brewery. Photo courtesy City of Cranbrook.
Downtown zoning amendment allowing craft brewery passes first reading

An application is moving forward that will tweak a downtown zoning bylaw… Continue reading

City council deferred moving forward on a proposed development in Wildstone, requesting a meeting with the developer to get clarification on project details. Photo submitted.
Cranbrook city council debates proposed Wildstone development

Cranbrook city council held off on moving forward with a proposed apartment… Continue reading

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

For more than a year, Rene Doyharcabal and a small group of neighbours in Langley’s Brookswood neighbourhood have been going out every evening to show support for first responders by honking horns and banging pots and drums. Now, a neighbour has filed a noise complaint. (Langley Advance Times file)
Noise complaint filed against nightly show of support for health care workers in B.C. city

Langley Township contacted group to advise of complaint, but no immediate action is expected

A nurse prepares a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Yukon Convention Centre in Whitehorse on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike Thomas
Vancouver couple pleads guilty to breaking Yukon COVID rules, travelling for vaccine

Chief Judge Michael Cozens agreed with a joint sentencing submission,

An inmate in solitary confinement given lunch on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. THE CANADIAN/Lars Hagberg
22-hour cap on solitary confinement for youth in custody still too long: B.C. lawyer

Jennifer Metcalfe was horrified to hear a youth had spent a total of 78 straight days in isolation

Old growth in the Columbia Valley, in the Kinbasket area. (Photo submitted)
Wildsight: Old-growth forests are being logged in Golden

Wildsight says that Canfor has been logging old growth at the Blaeberry headwaters

at the library
What’s on at the Cranbrook Public Library

By Mike Selby The Library is now open with extended hours (with… Continue reading

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

B.C. Premier John Horgan listens as Finance Minister Selina Robinson presents the province’s latest budget, April 20, 2021. The budget projects $19 billion in deficits over three years. (Hansard TV)
B.C. government budget balloons, beyond COVID-19 response

Provincial payroll up 104,000 positions, $10 billion since 2017

Ocean debris is shown on Long Beach in Tofino, B.C. on April, 18, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Shoreline cleanup finds COVID-related trash increased during height of the pandemic

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup reports litter from single-use food packaging nearly doubled

Most Read