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After winning the BMO Vancouver Marathon in 2:43, Keddi-Anne Sherbino is just beginning to recognize and acknowledge her true potential. Read article in bclocalnews.com: Kelowna marathoner has unlimited potential »
March 28, 2011 — The 34th edition of the April Fool's Run, presented by Coast Cable, promises some fierce competition for the top spots and BC Championship honours, especially in the women's division. Challenging for the win will be Kelowna's Keddi-Anne Sherbino who has been dominating races in the interior, winning the Okanagan College Half Marathon this past Sunday in 1:21:41; Vancouver's Gillian Clayton, who recently set a personal best of 1:23 at the "First Half" Half Marathon; Vancouver's Amy Schneeberg whose best time in the half is 1:22; and Burnaby's Tina Connelly, who hasn't been racing much for a couple of years but has a stellar half-marathon PB of 1:12:47, and is now entering the fray as a master. Another top master in the mix is North Vancouver's Darcie Montgomery, a consistent racer who placed second here last year.
Though there's still the potential for some last minute ringers to sign up on race weekend, three of the men entered so far who have a shot at the podium are Vancouver's Kevin O'Connor, a top masters competitor who finished 3rd at the Fools Run last year and has been tearing up the roads lately; VFAC club teammate David Palermo who was 4th behind Kevin last year, and has recently been getting a new personal best every time he races; and Geoff Reid, with a 32:04 10k best, who will making his half-marathon debut here.
Registration numbers are on track for another record turnout, with over 550 signed up as of Monday morning, with another 100+ expected. The event is capped at 700 entrants so there is the possibility of a sell-out by Saturday afternoon, during the Gibsons package pickup at the community centre, from 2:00 to 6:00pm. Check www.foolsrun.com daily for latest updates and number of spots remaining.
The organizers can always use a few extra volunteers, so if you aren't running but want to be part of the excitement, call 604-885-8849 or email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 9pm Saturday, or drop by the Saturday package pickup at the community centre between 2 and 6pm.
Drivers are reminded to please SLOW DOWN and be on the alert for runners, walkers and volunteers on Sunday morning in Gibsons, Roberts Creek and Davis Bay, and please obey traffic marshals. Give yourself extra time to arrive at your destination and check out the course map at www.foolsrun.com to find alternate routes.
Residents along the route are encouraged to come out and cheer, play music, make some noise! Participants will be voting on their favourite neighbourhood cheering spot, so don't be shy.
Good luck to everyone participating!