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The eighth annual Drumheller Dinosaur Valley Half Marathon has wrapped up for another year.

Organizers Morgan Syversten and Becky Kowalchuk said they expected about 450 participants this year between the half marathon, the 10K and the 5K races.

Syversten explained why so many people choose to run the half marathon in Drumheller.

"We have one of the best half marathons in the province. It used to be touted as the toughest, because we used to go up on prairie level and back down. But, now we just go through the Badlands, along the river. It's scenic, it's beautiful, and it's a fast course."

This year's half marathon started at the BCF, snaked through downtown and Midland and headed to the Royal Tyrrell Museum before returning to the BCF finish line. The 10K started at the BCF, went through downtown and Midland and ended at the BCF. The family-friendly 5K race took a different path: the course went from the BCF to Drumheller Valley Secondary School and back to the BCF.

The inspiration for a Drumheller race came from Kowalchuk, eight years ago.

"I had run a couple of 10k's and I decided why? Why are we not doing this in Drumheller?" thought Kowalchuk. "We have far nicer paths and far nicer scenery than running in downtown Calgary or Edmonton. That's what brought it here and that's why people come back. They love running through the hills, absolutely love it."

Registration fees from this year's event went to a different cause than usual, said Kowalchuk.

"In the past, any extra funds we end up with after all the bills are paid, has gone to the BCF. This year, we heard that the Drumheller Swim Club needed some new racing blocks for their swim team, so that's what we decided to do [with the extra money]."

Medals were awarded at the finish line. Also at the finish line were snacks, a BBQ, and free coffee courtesy of McDonalds.

A list of finishers and their times can be found here.

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