Di­noHalf tops 500 reg­is­tra­tions, 5K fam­ily fun run leads way.

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail mailpho­tos by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

De­spite a chilly start, the Di­nosaur Half Marathon saw a strong num­ber out for the an­nual event last Sun­day morn­ing.

The homegrown road race fea­tur­ing a 5k Fam­ily run, the En­cana 10K race and a half marathon, hit the course for the sev­enth straight year, and or­ga­niz­ers are en­cour­aged by the par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Race or­ga­nizer Jens Mad­sen said this was the best year ever for reg­is­tra­tions in the fam­ily walk and run.

“Our reg­is­tra­tion broke 500, we had close to 250 signed up in the 5k, more than 120 in the half and more than 130 in the 10K,” said Mad­sen. “That is the best 5K we had by a big mar­gin.”

There was a strong con­tin- (l-r) Chan Lew Woo of Three Hills, with child, ac­cepts the gold medal in the 2016 Di­nohalf marathon from vol­un­teers Han­sine Kost­elecky and Jens Mad­sen. He fin­ished with a blis­ter­ing 1:20:53. time and the fastest 5K run­ner was Seth Hop­man, also of Air­drie.

The race was sup­ported by a strong con­tin­gent of vol­un­teers for all as­pects of the race. Mem­bers of the Ro­tary Club were on course as mar­shals as well as vol­un­teer­ing in other ca­pac­i­ties. The re­fresh­ment sta­tions were loud and proud as they cheered on run­ners. Many rac­ers re­marked on the spirit of vol­un­teers.

“The core of the race is vol­un­teers,” said Mad­sen.

There was also great feed­back on the course, which, as al­ways, fea­tures the beauty of the bad­lands and the Red Deer River valet.

“We have course.” a very spe­cial

Run­ners in the 10K take off Sun­day morn­ing on the scenic Drumheller Di­nosaur Half Marathon

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