Atlantic Canada’s largest running event entered its second decade on a great note this May, as the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon took to the streets of Halifax for the 11th time.
Living up to its billing as “the people's Marathon”, more than 13,000 walkers and runners ranging in age from 2 months to 87 years participated in the five events Blue Nose offers – Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Youth Run.
The Youth Run continues to win hearts and minds with the new 2K and the 4K attracting a record 4,100 young people – and as many accompanying parents and grandparents – making it the largest youth run in Canada.
Kenyan runners broke Blue Nose records for both the men’s and women’s Marathon events. Philip Biwott won the men’s with a time of 2:27:10, shaving a minute off the previous record; and Sarah Jebet ran in 2:36:54 – the first female to break the Blue Nose three hour mark.
Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon is an event growing in popularity and reputation each year. Since 2004 the event has more than quadrupled in participant numbers. All this is good news for local charities, with participants raising more than $520,000 for great causes this year alone!
Ottawa Marathon’s 40th Birthday was celebrated in record-breaking style at the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend in May. Massive participant numbers, lightning quick times and enormous levels of charity fundraising were just a few of the highlights of a fantastic race weekend.
The country of Ethiopia had a memorable marathon day, as Yemane Tsegay ran 2:06:53 to break not only the course record but also set the fastest time ever run on Canadian soil. It was a similar story in the women’s event, as compatriot Tigist Tufa claimed the course record in a time of 2:24:31. Two-time London Marathon champ Mary Keitany of Kenya also helped herself to the course record of the Ottawa 10k with a time of 31:27:7.
The records were not just limited to blazing finish times however, as 47,500 people across six events helped set the participation record for the Ottawa Race Weekend.
These participants raised a whopping $620,000 for 24 local and national charities, giving the race weekend the positive and enthusiastic vibe it is known for.
Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend has built a reputation as an enjoyable, well organised, feel good event. Every year more and more participants turn out for this great event – head to Ottawa next May to find out why.