Drumheller will be holding it’s annual Dinosaur Half Marathon for the eighth year Sunday, September 10, 2017.
Registration is now open for all three events. The Dinosaur Half Marathon will consist of the family 5k run, a 10k road race and a half marathon.
Becky Kowalchuk, Event Coordinator of the Dinosaur Half Marathon Committee said, “The routes will be the same as last year. Before last year’s marathon the routes were professionally measured so participants can use the race to qualify for other races.”
The half marathon is a twenty one kilometre trek that takes advantage of the museum trails as well as McMullen Island park. The ten kilometre run goes through Midland and circles back to the starting line at the Badlands Community Facility. Also featured will be the popular family fun run which is a 5 kilometre route.
Kowalchuk said, “Last year we saw a huge increase in the 5 kilometre. There were a lot of families which is great. We hope to see some of the ones with older children move up into the ten kilometre and see lots back for the 5 kilometre.”
According to Kowalchuk, the Dinosaur Half Marathon sees participants from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and all across Alberta. In 2016 there were between four hundred and five hundred participants.
“Others are seeing a dwindle in participants in races throughout Alberta but the Dinosaur Half Marathon seems to hold steady,” Kowalchuk said, “It’s a great way to show off our scenic trails and beautiful valley.”
Kowalchuk also said they are always looking for volunteers to help marshal the finish line or along the race site itself as well as set up and take down.
“We have a really great core of volunteers, but we can always use more volunteers at race day.” Kowalchuk said.
Registration opened the beginning of December and until January 31, discounted fees are available.
Kowalchuk said, “I challenge as many people as able to come out and do the race. With Christmas behind us, people may be looking to get active and this gives them lots of time to train for the marathon.”
Questions or to register for events go to dinosaurhalf.com.
To help volunteer contact Becky Kowalchuk at (403)823-0433.