NEAT's Karen Mason-Bennett says for the past few years they have organized candlelit dinners and concerts around the city, but this year they wanted to change it up a bit.
"The intention behind the run is just to get people out for one thing. I think healthy residents make healthy communities, and that’s really what earth hour is starting to focus on. So it definitely is focusing on energy, conservation and where that energy is coming from. But also the effectiveness of small actions put together. So getting a community together, going for a run in the dark, it’s fun, it’s easy and it really does highlight some of the solutions."
She adds that it’s also a great event to take part in during the dark hour where some people may be struggling for activities to do.
The run has been designed to promote healthy living to northern families, and as a result, the event is open to all family members, even pets.
Festivities will be taking place during Earth Hour, an hour when people around the world are encouraged to use as little electricity as possible, so the run/walk will take place primarily in the dark outdoors. Participants are encouraged to bring flashlights to help improve visibility, while also wearing any reflective gear, and proper running shoes to maximize safety during the dark run.
The event will be taking place from 7 to 9 p.m. starting at Fort St. John’s Northern Lights College, with registration beginning at 7 p.m. and runners hitting the trails by 7:30.
There will be no charge for those looking to participate, or any age restrictions.
2013 marks the sixth year anniversary of Earth Hour in Canada, which last year, involved 13 million people nationwide in over 500 cities.