Strong reg­is­tra­tion for ninth Di­nosaur Val­ley Half Marathon

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

The Di­nosaur Val­ley Half Marathon is about a month away and al­ready there are more than 260 reg­is­tered for the event.

This is the ninth year for the event that has un­par­al­leled vis­tas that take in ev­ery­thing from the Red Deer River Val- ley to the spec­tac­u­lar bad­lands. The race is pop­u­lar with lo­cal run­ners and many from across Al­berta.

The event goes on Sun­day, Septem­ber 9 and in­cludes a 5k fam­ily run, a 10k road race, and a half marathon. The course has been Cer­ti­fied by Ath­let­ics Canada.

Race or­ga­nizer Mor­gan Syvert­sen says they are get­ting close to pur­chas­ing its own race arc, which would be a wel­come ad­di­tion to the race.

Go­ing into its ninth year, the event re­mains pop­u­lar and this year it ap­pears that reg­is­tra­tion is strong. Of the reg­is­trants, more than 100 are for the full half marathon and over 70 are signed up for the 10k. The 5k fam­ily event is a walk / run so it is ac­ces­si­ble to rac­ers of any abil­ity.

Syvert­sen says when look­ing at the race ros­ter, he is see­ing a wide ar­ray of rac­ers com­ing from all over the province and Saskatchew­an. There are even reg­is­tra­tions from New Zealand and Ger­many. He adds there are many lo­cal run­ners tak­ing on the course for the first time.

“Many say we are their favourite race and it is be­cause of the vol­un­teers,” he said.

The race also gives back to the com­mu­nity. It has been a great sup­porter of the com­mu­nity through do­na­tions to the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity, men­tal health, the food bank and it helped to pur­chase start­ing blocks at the Aquaplex.

There are awards for the top 3 fin­ish­ers in each race and medals for all par­tic­i­pants.

The early start for the half marathon is at 7:30 a.m. This is for par­tic­i­pants ex­pect­ing to take longer than 3.5 hours to com­plete. The gen­eral start for the half marathon is at 8:30 a.m., the 10k at 8:45 a.m. and the 5k at 9 a.m.

Reg­is­tra­tion is open to those wish­ing to learn more or sign up can go to www.di­nosaurhalf.com

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The ninth an­nual Di­nosaur Half Marathon is see­ing strong reg­is­tra­tion num­bers for the event on Sun­day, Septem­ber 9.

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