Golf Canada has announced that a 5K run will be a part of the RBC Canadian Open this year at Glen Abbey Golf Club.
The five kilometre run or walk along the grounds of the Abbey will take place on Saturday, July 16, beginning at 9 a.m.
The event, held in conjunction with the Landmark Sports Group, will be open to the general public including golf fans, runners, walkers and recreational enthusiasts of all ages.
“We want to celebrate the RBC Canadian Open as a party and launching the RBC Canadian Open 5K has the opportunity to expose the event and Glen Abbey to a potential new audience of running and fitness enthusiasts,” said tournament director Brent McLaughlin.
“Health and wellness along with physical fitness align with golf’s impact on a healthy active lifestyle and organizing a run through the golf course brings those elements together,” he said.
“Landmark Sport Group brings tremendous race expertise and we are excited to partner in delivering a truly unique golf and fitness experience leading into the 2016 RBC Canadian Open,” said McLaughlin.
The route will start near the first tee and finish at the 18th green. The event is tailored to both the traditional and non-traditional running audience and will provide participants with the full runner’s experience of a timed event, participant bibs, shirts and medals for all.
“As an avid golfer and runner, I was thinking of a way to combine both of these sports into one completely different and unique event. That is where this idea was born,” says Elliott Kerr, president of Landmark Sport Group.
“This exclusive experience will be a one-of-a-kind opportunity for both golf and running enthusiasts to have access like never before to a RBC Canadian Open course. We could not be more excited to bring this event to both the golf and running communities,” he added.
Participants will also be invited to watch third round coverage of the British Open Championship both on the big screens located along the race route and afterwards during refreshments.
Every registered participant in the RBC Canadian Open 5K will also receive a free any-day ticket to the Canadian Open.
Early bird participant registration begins at $60. For more information, click here.