An annual community run based out of Fort Langley is steeped in history.
That’s because the Historic Half Marathon begins and ends at the Fort Langley National Historic Site.
The fundraiser supporting the Langley Hospice Society is Sunday, Feb. 19, and gets underway at 8 a.m. with the start of the half marathon run.
With staggered starts, the half marathon will be followed by those running the 10-km and 5-km routes. At noon, a 1-km kids run is being held inside the site with young participants doing laps.
As of Jan. 31 there were roughly 200 running spots available, said race director Mitchell Hudson.
“It’s pretty popular,” Hudson said. “I think we’ll have around 600 people.”
To register, click here.
Online registration closes Monday, Feb. 13 at 11:59 p.m.
The event, touted as B.C.’s half marathon, is marking its 13th anniversary.
All event distances are walker, jogger and runner-friendly. The roughly 21-km half marathon course will be open for four hours, making it user friendly for runners and walkers.
“I think it’s fantastic,” Hudson said. “We have the start and finish inside the gates of the fort. Having the campfire there and all of the historic buildings for us to check out the history of B.C. and start and finish around is pretty cool, and the routes are really nice, as well.”
Race package pick-up is Friday, Feb.17 from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Flaman Fitness #101 8860 201 St. Visit flamanfitness.com. Those wanting to register for the event in person, can do so at Flaman Fitness during package pick-up days.
Each finisher receives a medal and all participants receive a T-shirt.
All donations and the pledges go to the Langley Hospice Society which, its website notes, provides “emotional, practical and spiritual support for people who are living with a terminal illness, their family and friends, throughout the last stages of illness, at the time of death and bereavement.”
Established 30 years ago, the palliative care society was officially offered a site by Fraser Health to construct a 15-bed, free-standing hospice residence for patients in Langley.
“It’s a fantastic, important organization,” Hudson said, about the society.