Cannery Road Race taking shape

The North Pacific Cannery Road Race is primed and ready to hold its annual marathon on Saturday, Sept. 13.

The North Pacific Cannery Road Race is primed and ready to hold its annual marathon on Saturday, Sept. 13.

Chief organizer Leslie Peloquin has received quite a few entries, but in typical Prince Rupert fashion, most of the participants have held off on registering for the marathon until they know the weather situation a little better.

“In order for [the participants] to have a shirt, we would like registrations in by Sept. 1,” said Peloquin.

The race includes a 10 kilometre walk and a half marathon, which begins at 11 a.m. from the cannery. A one kilometre fun run for kids has also been set up at 11:30 a.m. where the young ones can run 500 metres down the road and come back, accompanied by an adult if they wish. The fun run is free, but the kids must still be registered.

The five kilometre and ten kilometre run commence at 12 p.m. along with a five kilometre walk.

A barbecue is planned for 1 p.m. for runners and non-runners can pay $7 to attend.

“Aero Trading donates all the fish for the barbecue and then we have burgers and more,” said Peloquin.

Many sponsors have contributed draw prizes, including a gift certificate from Farwest Sport and Cycle

“All of our sponsors are fabulous and we have all kinds of little goodies for people,” added Peloquin.

The race typically attracts participants from Prince Rupert, Terrace and Kitimat, said the organizer.

“Last year we had 92 adults sign up and 46 kids,” Peloquin said.

Parking attendants will be on hand to help facilitate traffic along the small road.

“It’s still a bus route and so we have to allow the city transit to pass through there,” said Peloquin.

“[For the route of the race] you run from the North Pacific Cannery, and the half marathon would go just before Highway 16 and then turn around and come back in. The 10 kilometres race; they go from the cannery to just around Aero Trading and they have a turnaround there,” she said.

Registration forms and cheque submission information can be found at www.rupertrunners.com.