Wounded Warriors Canada
Port McNeill RCMP officer showing support for the Wounded Warriors Canada cause in 2015. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Brum

The annual Wounded Warrior Run B.C. starts in Port Hardy today and will finish in Victoria on Sunday, February 26.

Founded four years ago, the Wounded Warrior Run is a relay-style awareness-building and fundraising event that makes its way from Port Hardy down the length of Vancouver Island to Victoria over the course of six days.

The non-profit group helps Canadian Forces members who are in need. Right now, the team is focusing on mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The journey starts in Port Hardy and ends in Victoria where just over a handful of veterans, active military members, reservists, First Nations and non-military members will run just over 700-km.

When can you expect to see the team pass through your community:

  • Feb. 20 Port Hardy to Woss
  • Feb. 21 Woss to Sayward
  • Feb. 22 Sayward to Campbell River
  • Feb. 23 Campbell River to Comox
  • Feb. 24 Comox to Nanaimo
  • Feb. 25 Nanaimo to Mill Bay
  • Feb. 26 Mill Bay to Victoria

Here are the top-three reasons to support Wounded Warriors Canada and awareness for PTSD.

  • Help encourage a conversation around PTSD and mental health issues.
  • Help educate the public on the impact PTSD has on our military members their families.
  • Help reduce the stigma that is often attached to PTSD and other mental health issues.

For more information on the run or to donate to the cause, head to woundedwarriorbc.com. Look for the “Donate Now” button in the top right corner. You can also follow their updates on Facebook.

For those who wish to watch the run virtually, there is a run tracker available online.

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