Canada’s Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon is a chance to promote healthy living, active lifestyles – and to raise money for charities.
Held in May on Victoria Day holiday weekend, the event attracted thousands of participants and raised more than $450,000 for a number of charities.
Race weekend offered a variety of events for all fitness levels. From the 4.2k youth run to the 42.2k marathon, there was something for everyone including a 5k, 10k and half marathon.
Each event offered an opportunity to tour through many of the historical and new sections of seaside Halifax.
Starting and finishing near the old Town Clock on Brunswick Street, the route showcased the best of Halifax and Dartmouth's beautiful landmarks, historic downtown streets, and scenic parks.
Given the local terrain, the routes were somewhat hilly and challenging, but also contained vistas featuring major urban parks, the MacDonald Bridge, cityscape lakes, harbour waterfronts and exclusive residential areas.
This was the third year of the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge, featuring the YMCA Strong Kids Program and more than 30 other charities. A new online donation system allowed people to support the charity of their choice and this year’s fundraising brought the total over the three years to more than $800,000.
The second Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Champion Series took place in the Madrid Casa de Campo park on 3, 4 and 5 June, 2011. A splendid weekend, with perfect weather conditions for this kind of competition, the event was fully successful in that over 2000 athletes participated in the various races –popular, relay, classifying, paratriathlon…
The winners on this occasion were:
Elite female category: the Canadian triathlete Paula Findley, absolute series leader in this category, followed by the British athlete, Helen Jenkins, and the French athlete, Emmie Charayron.
Male elite category: the British triathlete Alistair Brownlee, who was joined at the podium by his brother Jonathan Brownlee, and by the Spaniard and current world champion Javier Gómez Noya.
All the participating triathletes were greatly encouraged by the large number of admirers who turned out for this authentic triathlon ‘fiesta’.