14th annual P.E.I. marathon weekend right around the corner
The 14th Annual Prince Edward Island Marathon Weekend one of Canada’s Boston Marathon qualifiers is set for this weekend.
With 10 categories to choose from, participants are coming from all across the globe to take part.
The P.E.I. Marathon, is partnering with the Canadian Mental Health Association of Prince Edward Island (CMHA-PEI) this year.
“The timing of this new partnership couldn’t be better,” said P.E.I. Marathon race director Myrtle Jenkins-Smith. “We are beyond excited to have CMHAP. E.I. as our Supporting Partner.” Marathon headquarters for the weekend will be set up at the Murphy’s Community Centre, 200 Richmond Street, downtown Charlottetown. The P.E.I. Marathon Weekend begins at noon on Friday, Oct. 13, opening to all participants and the general public with the P.E.I. Marathon Healthy Lifestyle Expo. This free expo runs until Saturday at 7 p.m. On-site registration will also be housed at the same location, and all participants can pick up their race kits during that time. Sunday participant massages, and the marathon awards ceremony will also take place at marathon headquarters, at 2:30 p.m.
Residents and businesses are all encouraged to show support for the marathon participants by putting up motivational signs along the route and coming out to cheer participants as they pass by.
“The bigger the crowds at the finish line, the more inspiring for all who start coming through the finish line around 9:15 and will continue until 2 o’clock,” said Jenkins-Smith.
The travelling public is asked to allow extra time if travelling on the marathon route Sunday, as traffic could be delayed due to the volume of participants.