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Victoria’s 23rd annual Gutsy Walk to support Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis research is quickly approaching, and it’s shaping up to be one of the biggest events yet!

Since 1996, dozens of cities across Canada have taken part in the fundraising walk which raises money for research on Crohn’s disease and colitis, the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

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Roughly 270,000 Canadians live with IBD, meaning they contend with daily abdominal pain, cramping, gas, bloating, fatigue, frequent and urgent bowel movements, unintended weight loss, and internal bleeding.

Moreover, one Canadian is diagnosed with Crohn’s disease every hour.

While treatment is available for IBD, no cure has been discovered yet, which is why 60 Canadian cities take part in the Gutsy Walk every year.

So far, the Victoria community has raised $40,398.90 out of their $52,500 goal for the 2019 event. Meanwhile, Nanaimo has already exceeded their $18,000 goal and have raised a total of $19,860.79.

With three days left before Victoria’s Gutsy Walk, there’s still plenty of time to donate or register to walk!

This fun and non-competitive event begins at 10:00 a.m. and takes participants through the scenic Esquimalt Gorge Park. Walkers can take part in either a 2.5 km route or 5 km route.

Details on how to register or donate can be found online here.

23rd Annual Victoria Gutsy Walk

  • When: Sunday, June 2nd, Warm up starts at 10:00 a.m.
  • Where: Esquimalt Gorge Park, 1070 Tillicum Road