Blue Nose Marathon returning to Victoria Day weekend

Blue Nose Marathon returning to Victoria Day weekend

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Contributors:

Emily Bednarz


Since 2004, the Blue Nose Marathon has brought together a diverse group of participants, volunteers, charities, sponsors, and community leaders. “It is a weekend to celebrate being active, being a part of the community, and all the training our runners have maintained over the winter,” says Sherri Robbins, Executive Director of the Blue Nose Marathon.

Now entering its nineteenth year, the Blue Nose Marathon will return to its familiar schedule after three years of change and uncertainty. In 2019, the Blue Nose was moved to June to accommodate the Memorial Cup. In 2020 and 2021, it was hosted virtually in November due to the pandemic. “The Blue Nose Marathon traditionally takes place on Victoria Day weekend, kicking off the summer and race season,” says Sherri Robbins, Executive Director. “We are thrilled to be returning to Victoria Day weekend. We consider it to be Blue Nose’s home.”

Returning to the regular timeslot reflects a greater sense of hope and optimism in Blue Nose Nation, the marathon’s community. “It’s meaningful as we are coming out of the pandemic, hopefully, and learning to live with COVID-19” says Robbins. “People have been missing these opportunities and our events.”

The Blue Nose team is looking forward to hosting a large crowd in 2022. “We welcomed over 4,500 to Blue Nose Marathon last November, and we expect to surpass that and be closer to pre-pandemic numbers for 2022,” says Robbins. Marathon participants have several races to choose from in addition to the Blue Nose Full Marathon, including the Killam Marathon Team Relay, Medavie Blue Cross Half Marathon, GoodLife Fitness 10KM, Lifemark 5KM, and Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run.

Even if you’re not running that weekend, there are several ways to support the event. The marathon welcomes new members to their Giv’er Crew, which consists of over 1,000 dedicated volunteers who help bring the event to life. You can also donate or fundraise for one of the many Blue Nose teams that support upwards of sixty local registered charities. “The impact of these charities is tremendous,” says Robbins. “We have charities supporting mental health, eating disorders, diseases — such as lung cancer, MS, and Cystic Fibrosis — the environment, animal welfare, and so many more.”

The marathon makes a significant impact for charities, but it also contributes to our business community. “The downtown area is abuzz throughout race weekend,” says Robbins. “The city is pulsing with energy, especially at the start and finish lines.” The marathon holds longstanding relationships with sponsors and suppliers, but for the first time in thirteen years, the title sponsorship of the Blue Nose Marathon is up for grabs!


For more information on participating, volunteering, donating, and sponsorships, visit:

bluenosemarathon.com

IMAGE CREDIT: STOO METZ

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