The first BRP half-marathon will take place through the streets of Valcourt, Quebec, on Sunday, May 5. Josée Fontaine and Julie Morel, both seasoned runners and BRP employees, put together this initiative to encourage physical activity and healthy eating.
Although the two organizers have already reached their goal of over 500 registrations among BRP employees and their families and friends, they decided to extend registration to people in the area, giving everyone a chance to take part in this first BRP half-marathon.
More than 50 students from the Odyssée de Valcourt high school have been training for weeks to participate in the event.
People who want to participate have several options. A 1-kilometer route has been designed for children, with 5-, 10- and 21-kilometer routes for adults. To encourage participation, the 5 km route can be walked. Anyone interested in taking part should register soon as the activity is limited to 700 participants.
“BRP values the health and well-being of its employees and of the communities in which we work,” said Gerd Ohrnberger, vice-president and general manager of the Product Engineering and Manufacturing Operations (PEMO) division and honorary president of the half-marathon. “Similar events are being held in cities where our pool of employees is large enough, such as in Austria, in the United States, in Mexico and in Finland.”
For details on the half-marathon, including the routes, registration fees and online registration, visit the website www.demimarathonbrp.com.