Published in Canadian Running
Written by Mihira Lakshma
Runners in Halifax will have more racing options this year with a new series set to launch. United by Running, a company founded by local runners Michelle Kempton and Stacy Chesnutt, will feature three races: the Sole Sisters 5K on June 9, the Maritime Marathon on Sept 15 and Lucky Seven half-marathon relay on Nov 18.
The marathon is generating the most attention since Halifax already has the Blue Nose race in May, which has gained popularity since it began in 2004. United by Running organizers say their event will be different, with a pirate-themed coastline route, beer garden and prize money for winners. the Maritime Marathon, which will likely take place on a course just outside of Halifax, will also include a 5K, 10K and half-marathon. “It’s sure to excite everyone,e specially with booty (cash prizes) at the finish line,” organizers said in the release . United by Running is offering prize money and making an effort to attract elite runners, a noticeable difference from the approach of Blue Nose Marathon. They’re also banking on better weather conditions in the normally mild September, compared to the blustery May conditions that often create difficulties for runners in the Blue Nose Marathon.
The other two events in the series also provide unique racing opportunities. The Sole Sisters 5K is a women’s-only race that takes place in the evening, as opposed to an early-morning start. The season wraps up with the Lucky Seven Relay in November, a three-person half-marathon relay of roughly 7K each. Organizers are promising plenty of prizes and jackpots for those who finish sevent, 77th or 777th.