Cumberland to Comox Flag Run to start Heritage Week

Runners scheduled to arrive at Comox Mall by 11:30 a.m.

  • Feb. 11, 2015 12:00 p.m.

Record Staff

Heritage Week in the Comox Valley gets up and running Sunday, Feb. 15, with a “Flag Flash Mob Run” covering a 16.6km route from the Cumberland Rec parking lot to Comox Centre Mall.

This is an informal run and not a race. All entrants will run together as a group, with everyone taking turns carrying the Canadian flag.

Runners are invited to join at any time along the route, with the hopes of a large mob of runners arriving at the Comox Mall at 11:30 a.m.

Runners wanting to take in the entire 16.6 km route, or wanting to start in Cumberland are to meet at the  Cumberland Rec parking lot at 9:15 a.m.

The end of the run will coincide with a ceremony at HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial inside the mall. Members of all three local cadet corps will be on hand at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony and all day to pass out flags, give demonstrations and tours of the museums.

Military display

The Comox Air Force Museum will partner with the HMCS Alberni Memorial Museum to create a display in the Comox Centre Mall that will run throughout Heritage Week (Feb. 15-21).

The Air Force elements of the display will include uniforms, art depicting Air Force operations, models, flags, a movie detailing Canada’s Air Force history and a Voodoo pilot’s ejection seat. Visitors will be permitted to have their photo taken sitting in the ejection seat.

Other displays

Comox Archives and Museum Society will have a static display in the old “Inkwell” store from Sunday to Friday of Heritage Week.  The display will feature early Comox history and also a display originally set up for the hospital’s 100th anniversary.

Get the party started

The Sunday morning kick-off celebration to Heritage Week in The Mall will also feature Fiddle Jam, Scottish dancers and pipers and special Canada Flag refreshments from Johns Independent Grocery. The free “Family Fun” continues all week with live events including hosted tours of all five museum/historical exhibits and much more. For more information visit the mall’s Facebook page at


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