Over 400 people are taking part in the Fernie Half Marathon and 10 km run this morning.
Runners started at 10 am leaving the start line at Fernie Annex Park. The Fernie Academy is providing snacks at the finish line and at six refueling stations along the 21-kilometre route that winds through Fernie on the riverside trails.
This year’s new addition of the 10-kilometre sprint may be one of the reasons there is an increase from the usual sub 300 participants to over 400 runners. Teams of three can also run the half marathon distance by running seven km each. The Athena and Clydesdale events are also new events added for spice. This event is a prize category for Athena (women over 165lbs) and Clydesdale (men over 200lbs).
With all these options on a perfect day full of crisp autumn air and yellow leaves lining the trails with snowy mountain peaks not so high above, what’s not to like about getting some exercise? Awards will be given at 1 pm at the Annex Park near the finish line.
Proceeds from the run will support local children’s programming in the community including Friends of the Fernie Heritage Library.