Event Information 2015

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Start Time: 9:17am*

*find out why

“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


Start Times & Location

  • Regular Start: 9:17am NEW!
  • Early Start (walkers & 3hr+ runners): 8:17am NEW!
  • Race Morning Check-in: Gibsons & Area Community Centre, 700 Park Road, Gibsons
  • Start Line: 300m north of the community centre on Park Road
  • Finish Line: Mission Point Park, Davis Bay (Sechelt)

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New Features in 2014

  • 9:17am start time in the tradition of the very first Fool's Run
  • Chip timing mat at the start line
  • Updated relay/spectator shuttle schedule during race
  • More kids (50) in the Sunshine Care Network Kids' Jester Dash presented by Pastimes
  • New Club/Team Challenge divisions and more prizing
  • Combo pack draw prizes (grouping items together)
  • Earlier awards ceremony at the finish line

What we continue to offer:

  • Rural scenery and small-town friendliness
  • Easy and affordable online registration with no processing fee added; discounts for Seniors and Youth
  • Beautiful sublimated tech shirt in men's and women's styles
  • BMO running gloves for everyone
  • Free gear check
  • TV coverage by Coast TV
  • Special rates at the Cedars Inn and other local accommodation
  • Eco-friendly practices: see Green Page
  • Traffic cones marking the entire course
  • Every km clearly marked, plus first mile, halfway & 400m to go
  • Finisher's medal with option to personalize with engraved tab
  • Unique, hand-crafted age group awards
  • Professional finish line race announcer and DJ
  • Individual race photos
  • Hot soup and other goodies at the finish
  • Free shuttle buses from the finish back to Gibsons and ferry
  • Great draw prizes

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Gear Check

check your bag with your warm gear

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.

  1. 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.

  2. Look for the Baggage Tag in your race kit — it will have your bib # on it. Staple it around your bag handle — either at home or at the Gear Labelling table on race morning in Room 209, between 7:45 and 9:10am.
  3. If you need to stash your bag while you warm up, and access it again before the start, you can leave it at the Gear Labelling table temporarily, then reclaim it before 9:10am and check it onto the vans (see below). After 9:10am, any bags not collected will be checked onto the mini-vans.
  4. When you're ready to check your bag, bring it to the volunteers at the mini-vans parked just outside Room 209, no later than 9:10am. You'll be heading to the start line by then anyway. Look for the number range sign on the van corresponding to your bib #.
  5. After your run, claim your bag at Mission Point House (just beyond and to the right of the finish line). You'll be required to show your bib number. You can get changed inside the heated Rotary building at the Davis Bay Beach parking lot. PDFSee finish line map, top left

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Aid Stations

Gatorade Canadian Springs Water

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.

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Medical Support

BC First Aid

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!).

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Toilet Facilities

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).

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Course Restrictions

No dogs, bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, strollers or headphones

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 PDF fileBC Athletics' Road Race Etiquette Guidelines.

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Timing & Results

Sportstats

In 2015 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.

Please note:

  • There will be a start chip mat again in 2015. Net chip times will be listed for personal info only; awards and official results are based on 'gun time' (from the start time to when you cross the finish line).
  • Relays: only the last runner wears a chip. Gun time only for relays.
  • Attach your chip to your shoe using the zap strap provided or your shoelaces. NO CHIP = NO RESULT! You may keep or recycle your timing chip after the race.

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.

Q3: What wheeled items are allowed on parts of the course? What's this?

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Finisher's Medal with Insert Option

finisher medal

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.

finisher medal back

Personalize your finisher's medal with our insert option!

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).

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Individual Race Photos

We will have amateur photographers on course and at the finish line taking your photos. See Results & Photos page for links to this year's photo galleries.

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Weather

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.

If you can't view the above weather badges, use the following direct links from Environment Canada: 7-day forecast for Gibsons; 7-day forecast for Sechelt

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Running Fool, Costume Contest

Future race dates:

April 12, 2015
April 3, 2016