It was sunny skies and warm temperatures for the ninth annual Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon weekend from 18-20 May.
Organisers were delighted that participation was up 14 percent this year, with 11,801 people of all ages coming together to walk or run in one of the five Blue Nose events. A particular highlight was the Doctor’s Nova Scotia Youth Run, which remains the largest youth run in Canada.
This year saw several changes in Blue Nose start times and routes to enhance the experience for everyone.
For the first time, the 5K featured a loop around the Halifax Citadel, testing participants with its steep slope before rewarding them with breath-taking views of Halifax's harbour. Meanwhile, the full marathon started in Dartmouth and ended in Halifax, with its more forgiving terrain and larger crowds to cheer people on to the finish line.
Next year is the 10th anniversary of the Blue Nose and plans are under way for a special celebration to mark this significant milestone.
May 26–27 was a record breaking weekend for Canada’s premier marathon event. The Ottawa marathon attracted record numbers of participants (42,205) and spectators over two days to confirm its standing as the largest multi–distance race event in Canada.
The marathon record was also broken by Laban Moiben of Kenya, who finished in 2:09:12, shaving 19 seconds off the previous record. Fellow Kenyan Julius Karinga finished just one second behind him, to claim second place. The women’s race was won by Yeshi Esayias of Ethiopia in a time of 2:28:45.
The marathon features a fast, scenic route with few elevation changes and passes some of Ottawa's most vibrant neighbourhoods and popular landmarks. Considered to be an excellent course for first timers, it provides an environment conducive to setting a personal best. It is a unique course in that it travels through two Canadian provinces. The race is open to all and no qualifying time is required.
The In addition to the excitement of race weekend, Ottawa is a fascinating place to visit. From the remarkable Victorian parliament buildings to the Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa boasts a wide array of attractions which make this capital city an ideal tourist destination.