Registrations now open

Staff writer
February 22, 2013 01:00 AM

BMO Bank of Montreal is excited to return as title sponsor of the BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool's Run on Sunday, April 7.

Following a very successful inaugural partnership in 2012, BMO has committed to a further three years' support of the very popular annual half marathon for walkers and runners.

The scenic run/walk covers 21.1 km from Gibsons to Sechelt, offering a forested rural course. Many volunteers and local residents en route will offer support and encouragement. Low entry fees, relay options and a free kids' run make this a family-friendly event.

Memorable features that draw hundreds of return runners every year include finishing in a scenic beach-front park, unique finisher medals, hot homemade soup and burritos, a professional race announcer and DJ, colourful custom-designed technical race shirts, a 30-minute video show produced by Coast TV, and a grand draw prize weekend for two at Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina.

"We're excited to be back again as the title sponsor," said Debra Carson, Gibsons branch manager for BMO Bank of Montreal. "Enthusiastic BMO employees will account for nearly a third of the race crew, and those who aren't volunteering will be running or walking."

BMO is also supplying both the volunteers' T-shirts and the runners' gloves for the race, plus special BMO the Bear coin banks for the kids' run, and spectator cheering aids (noisemakers).

"We're super happy to have BMO and its employees back on board," added Teresa Nightingale, event co-director with husband Larry. "Everything went so smoothly last year - it was a perfect fit. With BMO's support for the next three years, we're able to plan for even more enhancements to the participant experience."

Deadline to register online is midnight Monday, April 1. In-person sign up will be available during package pickup on April 4, 6 and 7, if the cap of 700 participants has not been reached.

For full details on the event, see

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