The 25th annual Crohn’s and Colitis Canada Victoria Gutsy Walk is going virtual in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria Gutsy Walk goes virtual in support of Crohn’s and colitis patients

25th annual event encourages online participation

Like many 2020 events, the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada Gutsy Walk will take place virtually.

In a typical year, the annual fundraising walk brings hundreds to Gorge Park in an effort to raise awareness and money for people impacted by inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), but for the 25th year – marked by the physical distancing orders of COVID-19 – organizers are encouraging people to participate online. Participants can walk anywhere they want and share their experiences by posting videos and photos and tagging @getgutsycanada and using the hashtag #GutsyWalk. The virtual Gutsy Walk takes place Aug. 23.

READ ALSO: Walk brings support to those with Crohn’s and colitis

The annual event has been raising money for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada since 1996, raking in more than $45 million for the organization’s research and patient programs.

IBD are characterized by inflammation of the digestive track or gut, causing abdominal pain, cramping, gas, bloating, fatigue, frequent and urgent bowel movements, internal bleeding and weight loss.

More than 270,000 people suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases in Canada, with someone new receiving a diagnosis almost every hour. According to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, more than 400,000 Canadians are expected to have one of the chronic bowel diseases by the year 2030.

For more information on Crohn’s and Colitis Canada and Victoria’s virtual Gutsy Walk, visit the group’s Facebook page.

Donations are accepted online at

Do you have a story tip? Email:

Follow us on on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Man who stole truck and canoe in View Royal believed he was fleeing zombies, court finds

Judge finds man not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder for 2019 thefts

‘Bonnie’ and ‘Henry’ among latest litter of service dog puppies

B.C. Alberta Guide Dogs names two pups after provincial health officer

Electrical issue causes heavy smoke to billow from Oak Bay Avenue coffee shop

Victoria and Oak Bay fire crews responded to smoke at Victoria café

Former Victoria Royals manager celebrates Stanley Cup win

Grant Armstrong is now an amateur scout with Tampa Bay Lightning

Horgan frustrated as Transport Canada mandate for BC Ferry riders returns

Transport Canada reinstates rule that bans passengers from lower decks

105 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death as health officials urge B.C. to remember safety protocols

There are currently 1268 active cases, with 3,337 people under public health monitoring

U.S. Presidential Debate Takeaways: An acrid tone from the opening minute

Here are key takeaways from the first of three scheduled presidential debates before Election Day on Nov. 3

B.C. nurses report rise in depression, anxiety, exhaustion due to pandemic

A new UBC study looks into how the COVID-19 response has impacted frontline nurses

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

National child-care plan could help Canada rebound from COVID-induced economic crisis: prof

A $2 billion investment this year could help parents during second wave of pandemic

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Survey finds doctors worry supplies of flu vaccine, PPE will lag demand

Canadian health officials have said additional flu vaccines have been ordered to meet expected demand

Action demanded over death of First Nations youth in Abbotsford group home

Family and Indigenous organizations push for thorough investigation

16 MLAs retiring from B.C. politics add up to $20M in pensions: Taxpayers Federation

Taxpayers pay $4 for every dollar MLAs contribute to their pensions

Most Read