Many runners in Nova Scotia and the Maritimes spent Victoria Day long weekend at Blue Nose race weekend in Halifax, which wrapped up on Sunday morning with the half-marathon and marathon. The event, one of the most popular road races in Eastern Canada, was founded in 2004 and attracts more than 10,000 runners each year.

The Blue Nose Marathon was won by 50-year-old Bryan Hipson of Yarmouth, N.S. in 2:46:39.Canadian Running‘s Michael Doyle was second in 2:47:35. Heather O’Donnell of Bridgetown, N.S. was the women’s winner (3:11:24) on Sunday morning in the Nova Scotia capital.

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Matt McNeil, a former standout cross-country runner at Dalhousie University, won the men’s half-marathon in 1:08:53. Paula James topped the women’s half-marathon field at Blue Nose in 1:28:57.

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The race volunteers, as always, proved to be effective in helping runners get to the finish line. One particular volunteer earned a social media shoutout from a runner who was able to rebound after hitting the wall, a point of fatigue typically in the latter stages of the 42.2K race.

Others were encouraged by motivational signs, one of which read “press for power.”

On Saturday, Blue Nose hosted the 5K and 10K events as well as a youth run. Weather was near-perfect for runners throughout the running of all the events.

Photos of the 10K, half-marathon and marathon winners on Saturday and Sunday

Honourable mention

Full results can be found here.

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