The 37th annual running of the BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool's Run half marathon and relay, presented by Coast Cable, takes place this Sunday, April 6.
Start time is 9:17 a.m. with the race starting in Gibsons and runs, for the most part, parallel to the Sunshine Coast Highway northwest to Davis Bay. More than 600 runners and walkers will be taking part.
The first male and female across the line earn $300 each, while second will receive $150 and third $100. Top master athletes who are at least 40 years old earn $150, $75 and $50 each, while the top local athletes win a pair of Brooks shoes and will have their names engraved on the George Matthews Memorial Trophy. The trophy is a perpetual award in recognition of the late Matthews, co-founder of the April Fool's Run.
The Fool's Run offers a great experience for all levels of participants, from age group contenders to first-time walkers. The relay divisions provide a doable option for those training for shorter distances, and the free Sunshine Care Network Kids' Jester Dash allows the whole family to enjoy fitness and fun. Half marathon finishers will be rewarded with a Fool's Run medal, a high-five from BMO the Bear, hot soup, coffee/tea and a variety of healthy treats.
Late registration is available on Saturday, April 5, at the Gibsons and Area Community Centre from 1 to 5 p.m. and race morning April 6 at the Community Centre from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. See www.foolsrun.com for more details.
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