Laurel Sliskovic trains for this weekend’s Frogger 15K with a run through the Beaver Lodge Lands.

Hopping along for a good cause

Greenways Land Trust is hoping Spirit Square will be hopping this weekend

Greenways Land Trust is hoping Spirit Square will be hopping this weekend.

The organization is hosting its third annual Frogger 15K which aims to raise funds for Greenways and raise awareness for the completion of the 25-kilometre Greenways Loop, a cycling and pedestrian path circumnavigating the city.

The run is staged at Spirit Square with community booths, music and awards.

The race begins at 9 a.m. this Saturday at Spirit Square, and takes participants through the Beaver Lodge Lands before winding its way back to the finish line at Spirit Square.

Campbell River’s Laurel Sliskovic began training for the Frogger 15K in the spring.

New to running, Sliskovic decided to tackle the event in large part due to her passion for the natural environment.

“I love the trails, forests, green spaces and natural spaces in and around Campbell River,” she says. “Greenways Land Trust’s mission is to restore, sustain and protect natural areas and critical habitats, particularly ecological and recreational greenways, for the benefit of our community. The more I can support Greenways, the more my community benefits.”

Though she admits being both excited and nervous about running the Frogger this weekend, Sliskovic says having that goal helped her keep on with her training.

“The challenge of running the 15 kilometre on Sept. 19 – setting a specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely (SMART) goal has kept me focused, for the most part, and I’m going to do it,” she says.

The Frogger also provides an opportunity for Sliskovic to participate in the health and prosperity of the community. The event is increasing awareness and sharing the messages of Greenways Land Trust – an organization made up of volunteers working to preserve and enhance the natural environment.

The Frogger begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, with day-of registration taking place between 8 and 8:30 a.m. The tadpole trot for kids run, put on by the River Runners, starts at 11 a.m. and is free of charge. The Frogger can be run as an individual (15 km) or as a relay team (three runners each tackling five km).