$500,000 raised at Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon

By The IJ Staff | May 23 2017 09:45AM

The 14th annual Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon held this past weekend brought together nearly 11,000 participants, 1,400 volunteers and raised more than $500,000 for charities in the Halifax area.

The money raised as part of the event’s Scotiabank Charity Challenge will be distributed to 73 charities. Fundraising is still open for about 30 more days, so the total is expected to grow.

Six fitness races were held as part of the event: The Doctors Nova Scotia Youth 2KM and 4KM Run; the Lifemark 5KM including a Competitive Wheelchair Division; the GoodLife FITNESS 10KM; the Blue Nose Half Marathon; the Killam Marathon Team Relay and the Scotiabank Full Marathon.

Charities keep 100% of the proceeds

The Scotiabank Charity Challenge is a fundraising program that allows runners in these races to support local causes. Participating charities keep 100% of the proceeds raised, as Scotiabank pays for all transaction and credit card fees.

"Thanks to the incredible support of the community, the fourteenth annual Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon was an incredible success," said Rod McCulloch, Chair of the Board of Directors, Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon. "The city of Halifax truly does rally behind this event and every participant, fundraiser, sponsor, volunteer and spectator should be proud of what they accomplished this weekend."