Always a Classic

Posted onSeptember 17, 2021

The Labour Day Classic began as the Prince George to Boston Marathon, a 17-mile road race from Salmon Valley into the city.  

The race has the distinction of being the event that convinced Terry Fox to embark on his Marathon of Hope. PGRR’s Board of Directors voted unanimously in favour of acquiring the Labour Day Classic in the fall of 2018, when there were concerns the race would disappear from the Prince George landscape.

In a normal year, the  LDC is a road race that boasts a 17 Mile Run, 8.5 Mile Run, 8.5 Mile Walk, 8.5 Mile Wheelchair, 5km Run, and Kids 1km Fun Run beginning at Canada Games Plaza in downtown Prince George.  

After a one-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were excited to offer the LDC as one of the events in our 2021 Virtual Fun Run Series and we were thrilled with your participation!  

We had 129 VFRS participants lace up and run the Labour Day Classic over the course of the past week.  And because it was virtual, for the first time in its history, the LDC was run in places like 108-Mile, Fort St. James, Dome Creek, and Collingwood, Ontario!

LDC Race Director, Jules Ubdegrove, managed to convince PGRR board member, Denise Blanchette, and a group of friends to run the original race route to kick off the virtual event.  The women ran 17-miles from the bridge in Salmon Valley to Prince George, with sunshine, lots of laughs, and Dale Huzar offering support!