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Fools Run attracting record number of registrants

Fools Run attracting record number of registrants

The 40th annual BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool’s Run, presented by Coast Cable, will see more than 600 participants running, walking and relaying from Gibsons to Sechelt on Sunday, April 2. Runners can save $5 if they register online by March 29.

Title sponsor BMO Bank of Montreal is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, with 130 years in BC, and race organizers are pleased to have them on board for a sixth year.

Presenting Sponsor Coast Cable is also returning with a cash donation plus promotional spots, and their popular 30 minute show put together from race day footage, interviews and background stories, to be aired following the event for Coast Cable and Eastlink customers.

The epic nature of a challenging point-to-point course, plus custom designed medals, free shuttle buses, friendly volunteers, and community spirit are some of the features that have kept locals and visitors coming back since 1978. After the run, participants enjoy a festive finish zone at Mission Point Park, with a professional race announcer, DJ, and a healthy selection of post-run refreshments provided by IGA, Wheatberries, and other local suppliers. Free digital race photos will again be provided for all participants on Facebook. This year’s finisher medals will be larger than before, with a shiny gold finish to commemorate the 40th edition.

“Our early registration numbers are way up this year,” said co-director Teresa Nightingale. “There is more fun and energy being created by emphasizing a retro themed celebration for this year, including some classic 70’s snacks and music. We‘re looking forward to seeing people’s creativity in 70’s style outfits for the costume contest.”

On April 2, at the finish area, 50 children age seven and under will enjoy the activity tent followed by a fun run around the paths of Mission Point Park and through the big finish line, in the Jester Dash. The Jester Dash is a free event, but registration is required. Parents take note: it always fills up before race weekend.

Visit www.foolsrun.com for full event details and to register.

Volunteer sign-up is also on the website. Each volunteer gets a t-shirt, BMO gloves, access to refreshments, and more – join our Crew.

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