Coast News, April 13, 1987
The tenth annual April Fools' Run from Gibsons to Sechelt drew a record number of participants on Sunday, April 5, and saw the Coast News Challenge Cup won outright by three-time winner Glen Chilton, formerly of Winnipeg, but now running as well as ever out of Calgary.
Chilton, the winner in 1985 and 1986, stormed to the finish line at the Sechelt Cenotaph this year more than 10 minutes ahead of the second place finisher. He won, in addition to the Challenge Cup, a brunch at Andy's Restaurant and a $20 Gift Certificate at Blackberries in Sechelt.
In second place some 11 minutes behind the winner in one hour 20 minutes and six seconds was Brent Kamenka of Vancouver, winning a sports bag from Linnadine's Shoes, and finishing just over a minute ahead of Brian Jones of Maple Ridge who finished in one hour 30 minutes and 40 seconds.
Perhaps the performance by Jones was the most remarkable of the day since he is a 57 year old and also took the First Master Award for those over 45 years. Jones won a Pen Set from Dockside Pharmacy and shorts.
Second place finisher Kamenka also won a one hour massage from Jaynee's which he was happy to accept immediately.
Another double winner was Irene Lugsdin of Selma Park who was first lady finisher overall, in a time of one hour 52 minutes and eight seconds, and First Master Woman (a category for over 35 year olds). Lugsdin won a Hair Products Basket from Hair We Are and a Soap Basket Set from the Landing General Store.
Langdale Elementary School won the elementary relay and were rewarded with passes to Gibsons Swimming Pool and a large pizza; and the Morcum Family from Whonnock won the Open Relay.
Another notable finisher was Arne Tveit-Pettersen who has completed just about all 10 of these runs since their inception in 1978.
Two Vancouver ladies, Patience Silbernagel and Kelsey Bamber, finished a brave last even and were awarded with a session in the flotation tank at Supershape in Sechelt which they gratefully accepted without delay.
Over 80 people participated in this tenth annul April Fools' Run and it would appear to be safe to say that the Sunshine Coast's own semi-marathon is becoming an event for which runners mark their yearly calendars.
The tenth annual April Fools' Run was a smashing success, with almost 80 runners taking part, the biggest group ever. The Coast News Challenge Cup found a permanent home with third time winner Glen Chilton of Calgary, and the many runners who came from Vancouver and the lower mainland have vowed to return again next year.
This run would not happen without the assistance and generosity of many businesses and individuals in our community.
Special thanks go to all those who donated prizes: Andy's Restaurant, Trail Bay Sports, J's Unisex Hair, Blackberries, Linnadine's Shoes, Supershape Hair, Skin and Health Care, Gibsons Radio Shack, Leeward Clothing Group, Dee's Fine Cleaning, B & D Sports, Landing General Store, Dockside Pharmacy, Hair We Are, Silks and Lace, Green Scene, Richard's Men's Wear, the Weight Room, Janee's Massage and Gibsons Swimming Pool.
And it is to that dedicated Scandinavian hero and master runner Arne Tveit-Pettersen that all the runners must give thanks for the certificates they received. Many thanks to Belinda McLeod for so gracefully inscribing them.
This is the tenth time that Super Valu has provided oranges for the runners, and this year Blane also donated some scrumptious bakery items. Many thanks to Ken's Lucky Dollar for the discount on lemonade, and to Audrey's Coffee Service for glasses. Thanks a million to Shop Easy for the huge box of baked goodies, it's hard to believe, but every single thing got eaten! And a special thank you to PJ's Refreshments for setting up his stand and providing hot coffee and snacks.
Sincere thanks go out to Joy Smith (who also helped organize the very first run!), Jeff Collins, Ruth Hogburg, Dave Wong of the Running Company in West Vancouver, and Cam McKenzie for all their help both before the run and at the finish line. And huge bouquets to the many volunteers who manned the water stations; we couldn't have done it without you!
And finally, many thanks to all the runners who took part, enjoyed the run, and made the whole event worthwhile. See you again next year!