Register now for marathon
Runners planning to register for the Kamloops Marathon at the last minute are being asked to pick up the pace.
“We’re really asking people to sign up early, so we have a feeling heading in on which race is going to be bigger,” said Christopher Seguin, vice-president of advancement at Thompson Rivers University.
Almost 200 registrations have been received for the marathon, which will take place on Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29.
Seguin said it’s important for organizers to know earlier than later how many runners will enter each race.
“We need to organize volunteers, supplies and t-shirts . . . those sorts of things,” he said.
“We want to take care of all of our athletes.”
The event will feature five- and 10-kilometre races on Saturday, with the half-marathon and full marathon taking place on Sunday.
Seguin said most of the registrations already received are for the half and full marathons.
“There’s not very many in the five and 10 and that’s where a lot of people sign up last minute” he said.
The five- and 10-kilometre races will start at 8 a.m. at Hillside Stadium and meander through the TRU campus.
The 21-kilometre half-marathon and 42-kilometre full marathon will start at 6 a.m. on McArthur Island, head north to Singh Street, travel along Ord Road, then turn north on Westsyde Road into Westsyde Park.
The race will continue along the Rivers Trail, looping back at The Dunes Golf Course, and across Overlanders Bridge.
Runners will take Rivers Trail on the south shore, loop back near the Yellowhead Bridge on River Street, cross again Overlanders Bridge and finish at McArthur Island.
Fees to take part are $35 for the five- and 10-kilometre races, $45 for the half-marathon and $65 for the full marathon.
Seguin said about 75 per cent of the registrations thus far have been from Kamloops residents, with the rest coming from “all over the place” — as far away as Salt Lake City, Utah.
To register for the event, go online to kamloopsmarathon.ca.
Proceeds from the race go toward scholarships and bursaries for TRU student-athletes.
The organizing committee hopes to raise $5,000.