This article was published on March 19th, 2012
For some people playing practical jokes on April Fool’s Day is a long standing tradition. For others, it’s running in the BMO Sunshine Coast April Fools Run half marathon.
For 35 years, organizers have been putting on the friendly and fun 21.1km race. The scenic point-to-point race from Gibsons to Sechelt, BC, is one of the most stunning and scenic half-marathon race routes in the lower mainland.
The 2012 race will get underway on Sunday, April 1st, 2012 at 9:00am. The course is a mix of long-scale undulations, hills and flats, all along a paved surface.
Registrations are still being accepted for the 2012 half marathon event. In 2011 there were 640 registered participants and 539 finishers. Organizers are hoping for a larger turn-out in 2012.
Race packages can be picked up in advance at Forerunners at 980 Marine Drive in North Vancouver on Thursday, March 29, or from 2-6pm at the Community Centre in Gibsons on Saturday, March 31.
“We’re proud to be the title sponsor in this Sunshine Coast recreational running tradition,” says Debra Carson, Gibsons Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal. “We’ll be setting up water stations, helping with the finisher’s medals and cheering on all the participants — from first to last.”
BMO is supplying both the volunteer t-shirts and the runners’ BMO blue gloves for the race, and BMO employees will be out in force to volunteer at the Fool’s Run.
There will be a gear-check at the start of the course, which will be transported to the finish line. Busses will bring participants from the end of the course in Sechelt, back to Gibsons.
For those traveling to the event and want to make a weekend getaway, the official half marathon host hotel is The Cedars Inn Hotel & Convention Centre.
For those traveling from Vancouver on race day, catch the 7:20am ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale. A bus will be waiting to take participants to the start line in time for the 9:00 gun.