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2018 BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool's Run start - Bryan Andrews photo

Not too late to join the fun at BMO April Fool’s Run

GIBSONS, BC, March 25, 2019 — The BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool's Run presented by Eastlink is gearing up for its 42nd edition on Sunday, April 7th. Registration is accepted online through Wednesday, April 3rd and in person during package pickup on April 4th, 6th and 7th. Online volunteer sign up is also available.

Title Sponsor BMO Bank of Montreal is back for an eighth year, providing generous support in the form of cash, volunteers, souvenir items, cheering aids and equipment. BMO staff will again be hosting the second aid station near the halfway point on Lower Road at Joe Road.

“At BMO, we look to give back to the communities where we live and work,” said Stephen Gardner, Regional Vice President, BMO Bank of Montreal. “We’re excited to return for an eighth year as the title sponsor and look forward to participating in the race.”

Presenting Sponsor Eastlink is also returning with a cash donation, live video coverage on race day, and a 30 minute show to be aired following the event.

On race day, over 600 runners, walkers and relay team members will make their way from Park Road in Gibsons to Mission Point Park in Davis Bay. The main start is at 9:17am, with an 8:17am start for walkers. New this year: Running Room ‘Pace Bunnies’ will be on course to help runners achieve their goals.

After a loop on Pratt, Chaster and King in Upper Gibsons, the course traverses Roberts Creek via Lower Road, Beach Ave and Marlene Rd, then follows the highway past Wilson Creek to Mission Point Park. Local residents along the route are encouraged to come out to cheer and play music.

“The finish line is all about celebrating each participant,” says co-organizer Teresa Nightingale. “Imagine the thrill of hearing your name announced to cheering spectators as you race towards the line, then get your finisher’s medal placed around your neck.” Then it’s time to enjoy hot soup, coffee, and snacks donated by local cafes and stores. Upbeat DJ music, awards ceremony and costume contest add to the party atmosphere.

All 50 spaces are taken in the free Home Healthcare Network Jester Dash presented by Pastimes, but kids (age 1-7) can join the wait list. The Dash takes place at noon in Mission Point Park and includes access to the activity tent for an hour beforehand.

Last minute sign-ups for the half marathon and relay will be accepted at Running Room on Denman (Vancouver) on Thursday April 4th from 2:00 to 6:00pm, at PaceSetter Athletic (Gibsons) on Saturday April 6th from 10am-4:30pm and on race morning at the Gibsons & Area Community Centre from 7:45 to 8:45am.

As of March 25, the event has collected close to $1000 for the Sunshine Coast Food Bank, through participant donations while registering online.

Visit www.foolsrun.com for the complete race weekend schedule, volunteer sign-up, and late registration details.

About the BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool’s Run

The Fool’s Run was started in 1978 as the result of a challenge between two local newspaper columnists. Now in its 42nd year, this popular half-marathon and relay attracts more than 600 participants from near and far to run and walk from Gibsons Community Centre to Mission Point Park in Davis Bay (Sechelt). In addition, 50 children participate in the Home Healthcare Network Kids’ Jester Dash presented by Pastimes. Local TV coverage is provided by presenting sponsor Eastlink. The half marathon is race #3 of the Lifestages Lower Mainland Road Race Series, which includes 9 races in the Vancouver area. Visit www.foolsrun.com

About BMO Bank of Montreal in the Community

BMO Financial Group - founded in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, Canada's first bank - has been part of the British Columbia scene for over 125 years - since 1887. BMO believes in community reinvestment and corporate and social responsibility in the communities it serves; providing donations and sponsorships to groups and programs that help build and sustain resilient and healthy communities. BMO is the bank for runners in B.C. – sponsoring the BMO Vancouver Marathon, the BMO Okanagan Marathon, the BMO St. Patrick’s Day 5K and the BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool’s Run. Visit www.bmo.com

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