(Image / Gutsy Walk for Crohn's and Colitis Canada Facebook)

Victoria’s 25th annual Gutsy Walk to support Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis research is quickly approaching, but this year it’s going to look a little bit different—they’re going virtual!

The annual tradition, which usually features participants walking through Esquimalt Gorge Park, was originally scheduled to take place on June 7, but due to COVID-19, the new virtual walk will take place on August 23.

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).

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.

“With technology a click away, and from the comfort of everyone’s homes, we will rally the entire Crohn’s and colitis community, along with friends and families, to walk together virtually. Anywhere. Anyhow!” the event’s website reads.

So far, the Victoria community has raised nearly $12,000 out of their $55,000 goal for the 2020 event.

Now, with a few months before Victoria’s virtual Gutsy Walk takes place, there’s still plenty of time to donate or register to walk!

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

25th Annual Victoria Gutsy Walk

  • When: Sunday, August 23
  • Where: Wherever you are, virtually!
  • To donate: Donate online here