2012 marathon route revealed at training season kick-off celebration
CALGARY, Jan. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Over 200 runners and walkers gathered at
the Eau Claire Running Room Wednesday night to celebrate the future of
the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon. Event organisers revealed the much
anticipated routes for the full marathon, half- marathon, 10K and 5K
events that are all a part of the 48th annual Scotiabank Calgary Marathon race weekend taking place on Sunday,
May 27, 2012. John Stanton, founder of the Running Room gave some
motivational tips and inspiration for those committing to health and
race goals in the New Year.
"As with all big city marathons, the Scotiabank Calgary marathon has
developed a course to display the beauty of several scenic Calgary
neighbourhoods," said Dan Ouimet, Board Chair of the Calgary Marathon
Society. "We're focused on investing in the overall experience, from a
new route and venue to new, unique swag for those ready to go the
distance. We are ramping up for our 50th anniversary celebration in
2014 as Canada's oldest marathon. With your help, the Scotiabank
Calgary Marathon will become Canada's road race."
The new route for Canada's oldest marathon will start and finish in
Stampede Park, and a free pancake breakfast celebration for
participants is on the menu. The new venue location was a key
requirement due to the major growth of the event, which saw an overall
increase of 14% in 2011 and is expected to draw over 11,000
participants in 2012.
The marathon route will travel through some of Calgary's most vibrant
inner city neighbourhoods including Victoria Park, the up and coming
East Village, Bridgeland, Inglewood and Mount Royal.
"The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon grows bigger and better each year,"
said George Marlatte, Scotiabank Senior Vice-President, Prairie
Region. "We believe this new route gives runners the opportunity to
see some amazing Calgary scenes as they race to their goals. We hope
one of those goals is taking part in this year's Scotiabank Group
Charity Challenge to raise funds for local charities so that everyone
is a winner."
Event organizers are investing in more entertainment than ever and have
a call out to communities to enter the Neighbourhood Spirit Challenge
in support of runners, walkers and charities. Detailed and interactive
route maps and event information can be found online at www.calgarymarathon.com.
About the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon:
Canada's Oldest Marathon Turns 50 in 2014
Voted the 2010 & 2009 Best Road Race in Alberta, the Scotiabank Calgary
Marathon is a challenging, competitive and fun event with a race
designed for runners and walkers of any level. This umbrella event
includes the Scotiabank Marathon, Centaur Subaru Half-Marathon, Jugo
Juice 10K, AstraZeneca 5K Walk and Run and the Scotiabank Kids
Marathon. In 2012, over 11,000 runners and walkers are expected to
participate in the event and $600,000 is expected to be raised through
the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge, supporting 40 local charities.
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live
and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic
program, Scotiabank Bright Future. Recognized as a leader
internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable
donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on
average approximately $44 million annually to community causes around
the world over each of the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.
For more information about the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, visit www.calgarymarathon.com.
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