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April Fool’s Run set for April 8

April Fool’s Run set for April 8

The 41st annual BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool’s Run, presented by Coast Cable, will see up to 700 participants running and walking from Gibsons to Sechelt on Sunday, April 8. At the finish, 50 children age 7 and under will be racing around Mission Point Park in the Sunshine Care Network Kids’ Jester Dash presented by Pastimes.

Title Sponsor BMO Bank of Montreal is back for a seventh year, generously providing support in the form of cash, volunteers, souvenir items, cheering aids and team spirit. BMO staff will be hosting the second aid station and the gear check service.

“We’re excited at BMO to continue to play a key role in this very popular half marathon,” said Stephen Gardner, regional vice president, BMO Bank of Montreal.

“The BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool’s Run attracts running enthusiasts of all levels from the Sunshine Coast, the Lower Mainland, across Canada and beyond. We really enjoy supporting the event as volunteers, runners and cheerleaders.”

Presenting Sponsor Coast Cable is also returning with a cash donation, live video coverage on race day, and a 30-minute show to be aired following the event.

“With early registration numbers at an all-time high, we could sell out prior to race weekend, so don’t wait to sign up,” says co-organizer Teresa Nightingale.

One motivating factor for participating this year is the completely revamped Finisher’s Medal. The new look features an antique gold oval with a coastal design, a cut-out, and full-colour artwork on the neck ribbon.

Post-run festivities at Mission Point Park will again include hot soup and a selection of healthy snacks and coffee, provided by IGA, Wheatberries and other local retailers; professional race announcer and DJ; and the free kids’ run and activity tent. Parents please note: your child must be pre-registered and space is limited.

Online donations to the Sunshine Coast Food Bank so far are over $1,300, expected to surpass the goal of $2,018 set for this year.

Each volunteer gets a t-shirt, BMO gloves, access to refreshments, and more

Visit www.foolsrun.com for full event details, and to register as a participant or a volunteer.  Submitted

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