On April 15 under cloudy skies and a temperature of 8C, 48,904 runners lined up at the starting line for the 28th annual Vancouver Sun Run – a 10 kilometre road race.
Six highly motivated runners from Vanderhoof made the nine-hour journey south and took part in the event. This is North America’s largest foot race for a distance of 10km. Imagine how many water cups and litres of water this event must consume? There were 10 music bands along the course playing a variety of music to keep the runners running strong.
First across the line from Vanderhoof was Brian Nemethy in a time of 35 minutes and 54 seconds. He placed 89th overall and 3rd for his age category – 50 to 54. One minute and 24 seconds later (37:18) was his son Alexander, who placed 146th overall and 1st for his age group – under 16. Patrick Harraway placed 14th in the same age group as Alexander. Patrick placed 497th with a time of 41 minutes and 31 seconds. There was a whopping 1,938 runners in this young age group. The three gals who took part were Karia Kelly with a time of 49 minutes and 17 seconds, Laura Bennett with a time of 55 minutes and 14 seconds, and Jill Park with a time of 1 hour 12 minutes and 12 seconds.
Coming up soon, May 5, is the 34th annual Wild Goose Chase Fun Run here in Vanderhoof. Participants have a choice of 3.5km, 5km, and 8km. Forms available from Woody’s Bakery, Source for Sports, page 5 of the Omineca Express or see the web site www.wildgoosechase.ca or www.pgroadrunners.ca