Single-digit temperatures didn’t scare away local runners Sunday morning.
Just over 100 participants turned out for the 42nd annual Labour Day Classic, featuring runs of 17 and 8.5 miles. Jacqui Pettersen brought her sons Kai and Max out for the one kilometre kid’s run fun.
“They jumped out of bed this morning with smiles on their faces, all excited. One of the things they really like is that at the end of the race, they get a cookie medal,” says Pettersen, who ran her first Labour Day Classic in the 1980s.
Attendance was down slightly compared to previous years. Race director Dennis Straussfogel says that’s likely because of more people getting involved with trail running.
“Road racing isn’t quite as popular as it used to be. But it’s always a good turn out here. We always have a good, solid support for this race and that’s always very gratifying,” Straussfogel says.
The race began in 1974, known as the Prince George to Boston Marathon. It gained national recognition after Terry Fox used the 1979 event as testing grounds for the Marathon of Hope.