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 created a new medal design for 2018, 2.5" wide in antique gold finish with a full colour neck ribbon design. Click images to enlarge.
For just $6 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! Comes with a self-adhesive backing.
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 approximately 3 weeks after the race.
Order deadline is April 15th. Click image to enlarge.
Top three overall males and females and first male and female 40+ masters in the individual half marathon (9:17am start) will each receive cash prizes and products from Holy Crap Cereal. Double dipping is allowed (we figure, if a 40+ year old is in the overall top 3, they deserve extra credit!).
Overall prizes will be presented during the Awards Ceremony.
For information on Elite hosting, please see information on Registration page.
The fastest local Sunshine Coast (Port Mellon to Egmont) male and female finishers in the individual half marathon will each win a pair of shoes from Brooks, in addition to having their names engraved on the George Matthews Memorial Trophy. Mr. Matthews was the co-founder of the April Fool's Run. In 2017 we are updating the memorial trophy to match the style of the original 'Coast News Challenge Cup' (see History pages for photos; in 1987 it was given permanently to 3-peat winner Glen Chilton).
Second and third local male and female will receive apparel from Brooks.
Age Category, Relay & Group Challenge awards, as well as draw prizes, will be available for pick-up at the Awards Tent beside the stage — no waiting around for the awards ceremony.
The top 3 males and females in each age division will receive a hand-crafted pottery bowl from local artisan Naomi Brand of Halfmoon Bay.
All members of the winning teams as outlined below will receive prizes from our sponsors:
Fastest Group will win a set of up to 10 prizes from our sponsors. See Group Challenge page for details.
It's the April Fool's Run after all, so don't be shy, wear your silliest costume! For the 40th edition, how about a 1978 look? In past years we've had the Knights of Crampalot, Minnie Mouse, a Gingerbread Man, Darth Vader, Canadian Beavers, ballerinas, and of course jesters. Winner will be determined by applause on stage near the finish line at 11:45am, so plan to be there! Prize will be gift cards from Running Room and PaceSetter Athletic, so you can get yourself some normal running apparel.
“The April Fool's Half was my first ever half and I don't think I'll ever forget it… I finished with a time of 1h 38m (still my PB!) and the second Katie met me when I crossed the line, all I could get out repeatedly was “Where… Where… Where's Darth Vader… Where's….”
Katie looked at me confused for a moment and then said, “Oh, he finished like 10 minutes ago!”
LOL. I'm not sure if I was more crushed that he slaughtered me or more absolutely impressed! Hahaha.
You have a great race,”
— Mike Romaniuk
We will be giving away some great draw prizes! All run or walk participants and volunteers signed up prior to race day are eligible to win. So pre-register by Saturday April 7 to get in the draw!
Draw prizes will be available for pickup at the awards tent by the finish line. Be sure to check if your name is on the winners' list, or listen closely to the announcements! Show your bib number or ID to claim your prize.
Volunteer prizes will be awarded at the Wrap Party which takes place a week or so after the event, by invitation.
Anyone who donates to the Food Bank will have their name entered in a special draw for donors only. One winning name from the online donors and one name from the in-person donors will be drawn and announced/posted, so stick around — you have to be there to win! Prize TBA.