This year, event organizers have added a 10 km running event, to the 5 km run/walk event, for those who want a longer run. The 10 km run is a chip timed event, which means that participants will receive an official time for their run. Organizer Julie Ziebart, is optimistic that the addition of the 10 km distance will encourage more people to turn out on Sunday.
The Mother’s Day Run and Walk will start at the Surerus Fields at 86th Street and 101 Avenue, with registration opening at 8 a.m., on Sunday, May 11th. The race itself will begin with a jazzercise warm-up conducted by April Stewart, at 9:30 a.m., when registration closes. The 10 km run begins at 9:45 a.m, and the 5 km run at 10 a.m, with an additional fun event for children, a free 1 km Kids’ Sprint, starting at 11:15 a.m. A Rotary-sponsored pancake breakfast will follow the prize presentations at 11:30 a.m.
Ziebart says they are hoping to see 500 people register for the event this year. The number of participants has been increasing every year, with 450 turning out in 2013, despite the rainy weather. The forecast for Sunday is supposed to be warm with a high near 12 degrees, which she hopes will help the turn-out. Already, over 230 people have registered.
Entry fees are $15 for the 5 km event, if you register by Thursday at midnight, $20 for the 10 km event. After midnight on Thursday, the cost will increase by $5 per event. Two dollars from each entry fee wil go towards the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society.
Anyone interested in taking part in the event, can register online, on the Stride and Glide website www.strideandglide.ca and follow the links under Events. Online registration is open until midnight on Thursday, May 8th, and in-person registrations are being taken until 9:30 on Sunday morning. In-person registrations are being taken at the MNP office on 102nd Street, and during package pick-up at Ernie’s Sports Experts in the Totem Mall on Saturday, May 10th from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m. The first 350 registrants will receive a bag from Ernie’s, containing gift certificates and other assorted goodies.