The Blue Nose Marathon is a charity road marathon that has been held each spring in Halifax since 2004. The race is currently sponsored by Scotiabank, as the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon.
The marathon is a standard length at 26 miles (42.2 kilometers). Since its inception, abbreviated runs are also available including a Youth run (2k and 4K), 5 km, 10 km, and 1/2 marathon (21.1 km), each sponsored by different local sponsors.
We registered Nabeel for the Youth Run 2K marathon which was tagged Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run 2K. We joined the marathon so as to support Nabeel, even Nabeelah did her marathon in her stroller 😀.
I was super impressed with Nabeel and other kids as they didn’t relent. There were even kids younger than Nabeel that participated in the 2K marathon from start to finish and they all got medals.
I was super proud of this young boy who participated in the race even with his walking aid.
Organizers say over 3,000 kids registered for the 2K and 4K races yesterday, with many more thousands cheering and supporting them. For instance, 3 of us went to support and cheer Nabeel, some kids even had their grandparents and other relatives on the train 😊. It was a fun event. The adult categories took place today.
The Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon is said to be the largest running event in Eastern Canada. The Marathon offers something for runners and walkers of all ages and skill levels. The two-day event included six unique race categories along a scenic route through downtown Halifax. When one signs up for the Scotiabank Charity Challenge one can support the local charity of one’s choice. In 2016 alone, Scotiabank Charity Challenge participants was said to have raised over $8 million dollars for over 550 charities across Canada. According to reports, since the Scotiabank Charity Challenge began in 2003, over $50 million has been raised and donated directly to local charities across Canada to create a stronger future for young people and build vibrant communities.
The Mayor of Halifax, Mike Savage was also there to support the marathoners and I love the inscription on his shirt, ‘I run this town’. He does run Halifax and many people feel he is doing a great job. I always see the Mayor at almost every event, whether events for youths, newcomers/immigrants, women, refugee, citizens e.t.c.
There was lots to eat and drink after the race, sponsored by different companies/organizations. It was a well organized event.
After the worthwhile marathon came a barbecue dinner as hosted my our dear Canadian friends, the Allen family. At the dinner, we also met 3 other beautiful Canadian families whose kids also participated in the 2K and 5K marathon races and we all had a great dinner and lovely chat sessions, great networking too.
Thank you so much Jane and Duncan for hosting us yet again, it was a HUGE FEAST and as always we had a nice time.
Meanwhile, this weekend is a long weekend as there is holiday in Canada on Monday to celebrate Victoria Day, it’s been a beautiful weekend so far.
“Victoria Day (French: Fête de la Reine, or “Celebration of the Queen”) is a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated on the last Monday preceding May 25, in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday. It is sometimes informally considered the beginning of the summer season in Canada.
The holiday has been observed in Canada since at least 1845, originally falling on Victoria’s actual birthday (24 May 1819). It continues to be celebrated in various fashions across the country; the holiday has always been a distinctly Canadian observance.”
Happy Victoria Day.
Below are more pictures from the marathon.