Strong reg­is­tra­tion for Di­nosaur Half

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

One of Drumheller’s premier sport­ing events ap­pears to be buck­ing the trend. While many other events are see­ing a de­cline in num­bers, of­ten due to the econ­omy, the Di­nosaur Val­ley Half Marathon is see­ing strong reg­is­tra­tion.

The road race, which in­cludes a 5 km fam­ily walk and run, a 10k run and a half marathon, is set for Sun­day, Septem­ber 10. There are al­ready 169 reg­is­tered for the eighth an­nual race.

“Reg­is­tra­tion is up above last year so ev­ery­thing is go­ing good,” said race di­rec­tor Mor­gan Syvert­sen.

“We just have a great race. I have been talk­ing to peo­ple and they make it a point of com­ing here.”

This year’s race will fol­low the same cour­ses as last year’s race. Syvert­sen ex­plains the routes have been cer­ti­fied by Ath­let­ics Canada.

“We spent a day with a court mea­surer, us­ing spe­cial de­vices, and now ev­ery­thing is ex­actly the right dis­tance,” he ex­plains.

This means that the Dino Half could ap­ply to be­come a qual­i­fier for other high pro­file events. He says one of the rea­sons for the suc­cess of the event is the ded­i­ca­tion of the race or­ga­niz­ers, and the vol­un­teers lead­ing up to the event and on the day of the event.

“All the ducks are in a row, ev­ery­one is com­mit­ted, we have the vol­un­teers in place …now all we need is re­ally good weather.”

Far reg­is­tra­tion of the Di­nosaur Val­ley Half Marathon is up over last year’s at this time and or­ga­niz­ers are op­ti­mistic it will be a great race.

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