Maritime Race Weekend nearly sold out

Originally Published on: Canadian Running Magazine website

The Maritime Race Weekend is expected to sell out this week, nearly four months in advance of the Sept. 12 and 13 weekend event.

This will mark the third year in a row the event has sold out, 2014 likely doing so in only three-and-a-half months. The event has taken off in popularity in the Halifax running community, selling out much quicker than in previous years. Last year the event sold out six months after registration opened.

“I’ve created a couple new features to Maritime Race Weekend this year to ensure those returning can expect the same quality event as previous years but fun and exciting,” says race director Michelle Kempton. She says the theme of the event this fall is to “expect the unexpected.”

Each year the size of the race has increased by 25 per cent as demand for bib numbers has increased. About 4,000 runners will compete over the course of the weekend in 2014.

“Our race has grown but the size of the road hasn’t so, this year, I’ve incorporated staggered starts to alleviate chance of congestion on the coastal route,” says Kempton. “In a year where most races are reporting low registration numbers, I feel fortunate that runners are choosing Maritime Race Weekend. I promise not to let them down.”

The event will also feature a large fireworks display and a kid’s pirate parade following the races.

The pirate-themed weekend event hosts two 5K races, a 10K and a half-marathon and the marathon.

While still open, registration is available here.