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VIDEO: 670 take part in 18th annual Fort Langley Historic Half Marathon

‘100 per cent’ sold out

Stuart Nurse was running his 49th half-marathon, competing in the male 70-79 category of the 18th annual Fort Langley Historic Half Marathon on Sunday, Feb. 18.

“I’m 73 and not dead,” he laughed.

He was one of 670 participants in the sold-out event, its best turnout since the pandemic.

Through the years, since he started running races in 2000, Nurse explained that he has become a little less “hard-core” about competing.

I take it seriously, but I’m not fanatical about it,” he remarked.

“If I don’t win, I don’t worry about it.”

The 5k, 10k, and half-marathon races started at 9 a.m. at Bedford Plaza.

Nurse, a Vancouver resident, finished second in his age group in the half marathon, 84th overall.

North Vancouver ultra runner Adam Harris was first overall, and Langley BMX champion Drew Mechielsen was the first woman to cross the line, winning the female 20-29 category, 30th overall.

Charlie Charlick won the 10K with Christina Howard the first woman, and Geoffrey Walton was first in the 5K, with Vivian Liu the first woman.

Race MC and announcer Joseph Hayden said the race was “100 per cent sold out.”

“We have hit our cap for this race, which is fantastic for us and for the community,” Hayden said.

“COVID did a number on our events, as well as all the [other] events, but people are starting to come back.”

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Langley Senior Resources Society (LSRS) volunteers were checking in bags and collecting donations.

Loretta Solomon, president of the society board of directors said it was the third year the society has been a volunteer partner with the half marathon.

“We want to show people that seniors are active,” Solomon said.

“There’s a lot of seniors who are registered to run in this, as well as those who are volunteering.”

One of the volunteers, Kerry Mittleman, said the goal was to make it a smooth experience for the participants,” so they can just come out here, enjoy themselves, do their race, and have a great time.”

It was a great day for a race, noted Jude Henders, coordinator of volunteer services and fundraising at LSRS. It was clear and cool.

”We’re so grateful for the weather today,” Henders said.

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