Ole’s Spring Runoff set for Saturday
Ole’s Spring Runoff will go Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Stoney Creek Centre. File photo/Camrose Canadian
Ole's Spring Runoff organizers are hoping the late thaw will mean more runners are looking to shake the rust of an extra-long winter.
The annual kick off to the running season goes this Saturday morning at the Stoney Creek Centre as spring decided to show up just in time.
Race organizer Robert Renman is expecting anywhere from 150-200 runners to line up in one of the three distances.
"It's a great opportunity for people to get the first run in their legs," he said. "There's a lot of people who want to run other events in the summer, so I think those people who run regularly want to come out to this one to get a good start to the running season."
Runners have the option of an eight-kilometre loop, a three-kilometre loop, and a one-kilometre kids race. All three distances takes runners along trails through the valley. The longer loop is highlighted by a challenging hill about midway through the race while the three-click race is mostly flat.
The goal is to give an entry point into running for people of all skill levels.
Depending on the provincial race schedule, Ole's Spring Runoff usually attracts a number of runners from throughout the region.
Online registrations closed on Wednesday night, but any last minute runners can register at the Camrose Public Library today between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. or on Friday between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. when pre-registered runners are able to pick up their race kits. The other option is to show on Saturday before 9 a.m. to register on site. Those who have pre-registerred should show up before 9:30 a.m. with the run to start at 10 a.m.
Ole will be onsite to help kick off the race and entertain the kids and there will be draw prizes.
The race is run by the Camrose Running Club, which is part of the Camrose Ski Club, and has been active since 2005. This is the club's lone race of the season and last year was won by local runner Brendan Lunty.
For more information go to www.camroserunning.ca