Fort Langley: where the rubber (and spandex) hits the road

Sunday morning is typically a quiet time in Fort Langley, except when hundreds of people turn out for the annual Historic Half Marathon.

This year’s adult marathon was Sunday, Feb. 16 and the course took 370 runners through the village and around the Fort Langley area on half marathon distances.

As well there are also five and 10 kilometres runs.

In total, 657 people took part.

“It was awesome,” Historic Half race director Mitchell Hudson said. “We couldn’t have asked for better weather days, for sure.”

Extensive traffic control measures were put in place to allow runners and motorists to get around safely.

The TWU Fort Langley Historic Half, 10K & 5K starts and finishes inside the Fort Langley National Historic Site.

Hudson said volunteers were integral in making both the Historic Half Marathon and the related Kids Run on Saturday a success.

“Everything went very smoothly,” he added. “It was nice.”

The first half marathon runner to cross the finish line was Lawrence Brown, with a chip time of 1:26.55. He was followed by second-place finisher Duane Foley, at 1:30.34.

The top placing female half marathon runner was Lisa Rossetto in 1:33.13.8. That put her fifth overall.

First place in the 10-kilometre portion of the event went to Kevin Heinze, a 50-59 age group runner who completed the route with a chip time of 40:27.8.

The top female finisher in the 10K was Marissa Verhoeff, who placed fifth overall in 44:24.4.

Amongst 5K participants, the first to arrive was U19 runner Olivia Willett, who completed her run in 19:35.6.

In second place, and first among male 5K runners, was Michael Ross, who was in the 50-59 age group. He came in at 20:11.7.

Third place in the 5K run was U19 runner Sam Willett in 20:39.5.

The event marked its ninth anniversary over the weekend.

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