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Letter to the editor: Kakabeka Falls Legion Half Marathon

The Kakabeka Falls Legion Half Marathon and 8K scheduled for Aug. 18, 2019 opened for registration this morning -- Groundhog Day.

To the editor:

The Kakabeka Falls Legion Half Marathon and 8K scheduled for Aug. 18, 2019, opened for registration Saturday morning -- Groundhog Day.

This will be the third edition of the Half Marathon and second running of the 8K - both races start and finish at the Kakabeka Falls Legion - with all proceeds going to the Royal Canadian Legion.

This year we will be honouring the 75th anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy from World War II -- more specifically the Canadian Landings at Juno Beach.

Our local military garrison will be in attendance with some interesting displays. We include information about Canada's involvement at Juno Beach for our participants on our social media, in their race kits and along the race course itself

We remember the 1.1 million Canadians who served in WWII, of whom 42,042 were killed and 54,414 wounded

On D-Day -- June 6, 1944 -- some 14,000 Canadians landed in France of which 450 jumped by parachute or landed by glider.

This assault proved to be the turning point in the War

At Juno Beach on that day 340 Canadians were killed, 574 were wounded and a further 47 were taken prisoner.

The Royal Canadian Navy provided 109 vessels, and 10,000 sailors as its contribution to the massive armada of 7,000 Allied war ships that participated on D-Day.

For more information and to register please check out our Facebook page "Kakabeka Falls Legion Half Marathon" or our web site at

Jim Gilbert,
Race Director
Kakabeka Falls Legion
Half Marathon and 8K