Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon
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Start Date/Time May 14, 2017 @ 8:10 am
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I ran the Bluenose Half Marathon this past weekend and really enjoyed it. If I lived in Halifax I'd do it every year, frankly.
-Challenging course (make sure you conserve your energy since most of the final third is net uphill)
-Lots of cheering stations and music
-Clear km markings
-Free massages/other freebies after the race
-Lack of freebies in race kit
Ok, this was by far the most energetically charged race I've ever been to. The people in Halifax are amazing and they made for such a positive experience for my first marathon.
The hills and the MacDonald bridge are HUGE and were quite a challenge! Made me feel even more accomplished at the end.
The one side note is that when we finished my sister and I looked around for a massage at the end (what I've had done at other races) and we didn't see any in the arena when we grabbed our milk. Maybe it was just us missing it, but I was sure there were no massages and after a course like we completed it would have been a wonderful help.
I've run over a dozen half marathons, including the Bluenose Half in 2012. This was one of the most challenging, but also one of my favourites. The excitement in the city of Halifax on marathon weekend is palpable. The expo was incredibly well organized, had lots of booths, good merchandise and lots of freebies. The 2012 race shirts were awesome - bright purple with "I Run This Town" on the front. As for the race itself, the crowds along the route were fantastic. The route is very, very hilly - having never visited Halifax before, I wasn't prepared for that. Although hilly, the course was pretty. There were several nice neighbourhoods, views of the water, and a section through Point Pleasant park. There were plenty of aid stations and these were well spaced. The one and only thing that I found a little disappointing, and it's not a biggie, is the medal. It's quite small and just doesn't compare to any of the ones I've received at other races.
I ran the 2010 half marathon. There were so many people packed into the streets, it gave the whole event a great ambiance. The volunteers were wonderful and enthusiastic, and each water station was well-staffed. The course runs through some dodgy areas and has a few good hills, but also passes through some gorgeous neighbourhoods and Point Pleasant Park. The course marking in Point Pleasant could have been better, but you can just follow the people ahead of you. I found all runners to be in good spirits and very encouraging. The course ends on a slight uphill onto Brunswick St, so don't start your sprint finish too early. ^_^
The expo was very informative and the post-race activities in the arena was great (<3 free massages!). Given the number of participants and size of the crowds, it can be hard to find your friends afterwards, so make arrangements beforehand.
Great work, organizing committee!
I ran the Bluenose 10 K on 20 May and had an awesome time at this event! It was my first run at the Bluenose and I'll be back again next year ~ probably (hopefully!)for a longer distance. The expo was outstanding, the speakers were informative and the race itself was very well organized. Thanks to everyone involved!