Local participants of the Vancouver Sun Run Alexander Nemethy

Local participants of the Vancouver Sun Run Alexander Nemethy

Thousands of runners take to the Streets of Vancouver

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

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Brian Nemethy

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