Tighten your laces! The 4th annual National Capital Pride Run is fast approaching. Get ready to run, walk, and show your pride on August 24th at Tunney’s Pasture.

Pride Run is guaranteed to be a fun event for all genders, ages, orientations, occupations, and skill levels. Participants may choose to do the 5km run or 2.5km walk. Supporters are welcome to come out and cheer on participants!

All proceeds raised from the Run help support Bruce House programs and services. Last year, over $6,300 was raised; come out and sweat for a good cause!

You may register here.

Need some extra motivation? Will this be your first 5k run? Not to worry—Ottawa FrontRunners has got you covered with their free 8-week Out-to-Run program! Click here for more details.

We received the opportunity to ask Jeff, Chair of Pride Run, a few questions.

What does Pride mean to you?

Pride is a celebration of the strides that the LGBT community has made in Canada. However, Pride is also a reminder that LGBT people continue to face discrimination and hate on a regular basis in our country and around the world. As a result, Pride serves as a point in time to both reflect on the gains we’ve made, and to continue to work towards greater equality in our country and elsewhere. The National Capital Pride Run is one step along that journey.

What can participants and supporters look forward to on the day of the run?

A lot of fun! The National Capital Pride Run is a chance to come together with other LGBT people and their allies for a morning of running and walking, but also an opportunity to interact with other runners across the city. We expect a lot of colourful outfits, some fun speakers, and some great music to pump up the crowd. Participants also have the option of joining a breakfast at Royal Oak after the run to share stories and meet new people, and all participants will receive a free drink if they attend the other major Bruce House fundraiser that same day, that being the Drag N Balls event at Riverrain Park. All in all, a fun event and day!

Bruce House is grateful for the support received from the National Capital Pride Run each year. Why has Bruce House been the chosen recipient of all proceeds generated from the Run?

Bruce House signifies all that is great about the LGBT community in Ottawa. Bruce House reflects compassion, caring, service, and giving back to people in our community. The NCPR is very pleased to be supporting this worthwhile organization, and we hope we can continue to increase our contribution to Bruce House in 2019!

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