Di­no­half sees strong reg­is­tra­tion

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Patrick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

While many run­ning events are see­ing a de­cline with a strug­gling econ­omy, the Di­nosaur Val­ley Half Marathon is see­ing strong num­bers.

The sev­enth an­nual event is set for this Sun­day, Septem­ber 11 at the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity. It fea­tures a 5K fam­ily run, a 10K race and a full half marathon. Or­ga­nizer Jens Mad­sen says reg­is­tra­tion is up, with 465 al­ready signed up to run.

“Last year we had 392 at cut off, so we are quite a ways ahead of last year’s reg­is­tra­tions,” said Mad­sen. “I think there is room for the Di­no­half to grow, it is a great venue and a great event… I think we could do 1,000 peo­ple or more.”

He said this year so far the 5K was lead­ing the way in­so­far as reg­is­tra­tions. This year McDon­ald’s has pro­moted the event, and gave fam­i­lies a chance to reg­is­ter free, which helped to boost the num­ber for the fam­ily walk and run.

There are some changes this year for the 10K and half marathon course.

“We have sim­pli­fied the half marathon, and have added a stretch of river run to the 10K,” said Mad­sen. “So the 10K is much nicer to run.”

There are changes to the cour­ses as they wind through down­town was well. The 10K will leave the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity from the east side en­trance and head west along River­side Drive to Cen­tre Street, and then along 2nd Av­enue to 2nd Street where it will head across the bridge to­wards North Drumheller.

The half marathon will leave the Bad­landS Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity and head along River­side Drive to 5th Street East and then heads west on North Rail­way Av­enue and will pass through down­town on 3rd Av­enue. It will con­tinue to McCon­key Park be­fore head­ing back along River­side Drive West to the Gor­don Tay­lor Bridge. From there, it heads through the bad­lands to the Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum and then re­turns to the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity.

For those who want to take on the course, but have yet to reg­is­ter, they have un­til mid­night on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 8 to sign up. Af­ter that, reg­is­tra­tion can be taken in per­son at the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity at 4 p.m., Fri­day, and then Satur­day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On race day, reg­is­tra­tions can be taken up to one hour be­fore the event.

The event has been a great sup­porter of the com­mu­nity and in pre­vi­ous years has do­nated the pro­ceeds to the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity. This year it hopes to push its to­tal con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity to $100,000, to con­tinue to sup­port health and well­ness in the com­mu­nity.

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