© Guardian photo by Heather Taweel
Tiny Tots Child Care Centre in Charlottetown recently held its own version of the Island Marathon as four-year-olds trained and participated in a mini-marathon, running three laps around their parking lot. Here Jordan Douglas leads the pack.
Lace 'em up: the big run is right around the corner.
The 10th year for the BMO Nesbitt Burns Prince Edward Island Marathon is inching close to the starting line.
The 42-kilometre MRSB Marathon Sunday will be the feature event in a full slate of running, walking and even wheeling categories this weekend.
Marathon committee member Jonathan Ross says the annual event continues to grow in prestige, garnering strong media coverage and drawing increasing participation from both near and from quite afar.
“I think we can say it has been a well run, well organized event,’’ says Ross.
“I encourage everyone to come out and line the route,’’ he adds. “It makes a huge difference when you are running . . . runners really appreciate being cheered on.’’
In addition to attracting participants to the main marathon from almost every province in Canada, the big run is drawing runners from New Zealand, parts of the United States and even a group in the 100 Marathon Club from Great Britain will line up Sunday at 8 a.m. at the Brackley Beach Complex in P.E.I. National Park.
The scenic marathon route remains the same as in recent years with runners making their way up and down rolling hills to a finish line on University Avenue just a short hop from Province House.
Race director Myrtle Jenkins-Smith is thrilled with how far the event has come in the past decade.
“It has always been our goal to offer categories for people of all levels and abilities to choose from,’’ she says.
“We have grown from three to 10 categories and are very excited to have a designated wheelchair category as our 10th one this year.’’
In addition to the 42-kilometre marathon, the weekend in motion includes a half-marathon, half-marathon walk, 10K run, 10K walk, 5K run and 5K walk.