The Dinosaur Half Marathon is more than half full.
The second annual road-racing event, sponsored by Community Futures, is less than two months away, and already has 162 entries for the 21-kilometre trek. There are also 93 signed up for the new 10 kilometre race and 51 registered for the 5-kilometre fun walk and run.
In all there are 306 entries.
The half marathon has a cap of 300 racers, so organizers have surpassed the halfway mark to filling the event.
Both the 5-kilometre and 10-kilometre races have a cap of 200.
"We are expecting 600 people in this race. Last year in August we had 153; by race day we had 438,” said Kloot.
Kloot would like to encourage more local entries, especially for the 5-kilometre and 10-kilometre races.
“The 5k is a fun run and walk, and you can walk in the 10k as well,” said Kloot.
The 5k race is designed for anyone. There is no age limit, and it's the perfect way for a family to come out and participate in the event. Friendly pets on a leash are even welcome.
The shorter races are also a great chance for those who want to test their mettle but aren’t ready to tackle a full half marathon.
“It is the way people get started… it is perfect way to test your fitness,” said Kloot.
All the racers are electronically timed through a microchip in the runner’s bib. Those who complete the 5k course earn a certificate of completion, and the top three runners will get a cash prize. In the 10k, everyone who completes the course receives a medal for their accomplishment.
Because of the cap, Kloot is hoping they can close out registration in the near future.
“This is when the jump comes, so anyone who is interested should get registered and get training,” said Kloot.
For more information, or to register go to
www.dinosaurhalf.com. There are also registration forms available at Herman Kloot and Company.