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“Really beautiful course and a fun race. Well organized too. Great shirts, medals, fast results, friendly volunteers, all the details were seamless. Great work, and I'll run this one again, FOR SURE!” — Zahida Jaffer, North Vancouver
Bring your bag to the Gibsons Community Centre on race morning and we will transport it to the finish area for you, for free. Remember it's early April — unless you're from Antarctica, you'll be wanting dry clothes and warm outerwear at the finish line. Do not check valuables.
Please bring your own SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED bag. A backpack or sports bag works nicely (like your 'carry-on' bag when flying). We will also have some plastic bags available, if you just have a few loose items to check.
Volunteers have the right to refuse bags that are unreasonably large or heavy. No luggage or duffle bags — pack light! If you have lots of stuff with you, make arrangements to leave most of it in a vehicle at the start, or in your hotel — only check what you'll need at the finish line.
Aid stations will be located at 5.5k, 11k, 15k and 18.5k. Each of the aid stations will have 1 portapotty, plus one extra portapotty at the 3rd relay exchange. Canadian Springs water and orange Gatorade will be offered at each station by our enthusiastic volunteers.
Medical support will be on hand pre-race, on course and at the finish line. Pre-race and on-course support coordinated and provided by Kellei Baker of BC First Aid. All medical support staff will have a print out of everyone's medical information as submitted when registering (now you know why we ask for it!).
There are plenty of indoor toilets at the Gibsons Community Centre at the start. On course, you'll find one portapotty at each aid station plus one at the third relay exchange (top of Marlene Rd). There will be two more at the finish line. Public indoor washrooms/changerooms are also within 150m of the finish (in the Rotary building at the beach parking lot).
Sorry, this course is not suitable for wheelchairs. No dogs, bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards or strollers allowed on the course, for safety reasons.
Baby joggers are allowed on the Leg 1 and Leg 2 relay portions only. This is due to Legs 3 and 4 being on the highway and/or narrow roads in Roberts Creek. You must start at the back if doing Leg 1 with a baby jogger.
Headphones/iPods are very strongly discouraged, but if you believe you can't run without music, keep the volume very low or use one ear only. You MUST be able to hear course marshals, other participants, and approaching vehicles. If you fail to respond to verbal warnings/instructions by a race official, you could be disqualified. We're not trying to be mean — this is for everyone's safety! Just like anywhere else, there are some crazy drivers on the Sunshine Coast. Also if you are in the early start you need to hear when runners are coming up behind you, and give them room to pass safely.
For more information please read BC Athletics' Road Race Etiquette Guidelines.
In 2014 the race will again be timed by Race Headquarters/Sportstats West using the ChampionChip timing system (single-use chip on your shoe). There will be a display clock at the finish line. Results will be posted at the Awards Tent by the finish line and online on race day.
Only registered runners who are completing the course may enter the finish chute. Relay team-mates: do NOT run in with your final runner! This will cause problems with the results. Find a spot on the sidelines and CHEER for them instead. If you stop running and get a ride to the finish, DO NOT CROSS THE FINISH LINE.
A high-quality, commemorative April Fool's Run Finisher's Medal will be given to each individual and relay team (each team member receives a medal) completing the Half Marathon. We have incorporated some fun artwork from an early edition finisher's certificate into the design. Silver with printed red and white neck ribbon (2013 colour/date shown). Click image at left for detail view.
For just $5 you can get a personalized insert for your medal with your name and official finishing time laser-engraved — fits neatly into a frame on the back! Order when registering or, if already registered, via our extras order page, or during late registration/packet pickup, and it will be mailed to you two weeks after the race. Order deadline is April 13th. Comes with a self-adhesive backing. Click image to enlarge. Not exactly as shown (computer generated image).
2013: Leo Lam was out on course taking pictures of AFR participants. You can search by bib number and order your images online — a great memento of your race!
2013: Suncoast Photography took individual photos on course and at the finish line. You can find your photos by bib number and order prints or digital.
Looking for older photos? Search for your 2012 photos here.
Weather on the Sunshine Coast in early April is variable but moderate. In recent years, race morning has ranged from a crisp dry 5-7°C to a balmy 16°C with sunshine, to a typical west coast 10°C and rain. In 2012 we woke up to snow and finished in mild sunshine! The odds of dry conditions are good — it rained on the race only three times in the past 12 years.
Your best bet is to come prepared for a range of conditions and check the local forecast (see below) as close to start time as possible. And note, Sechelt is usually warmer than Gibsons by a few degrees, with less precipitation.