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RaceGuide’s Events of the Week: May 16-17

The spring race season continues and this week’s featured events from RaceGuide showcase Nova Scotia’s largest running event, Alberta’s River Run in Red Deer and a family-friendly event in Drummondville, Que.

Blue Nose HalifaxSunday May 17: Scotiabank Blue Nose International Marathon, Halifax, N.S.

Certified, Boston Qualifier, Race Expo, Popular

Profile: Blue Nose International is Nova Scotia’s premier running event for participants of all ages and abilities with races for everyone. The marathon course begins at the Halifax Convention Centre and crosses the McDonald Bridge into neighbouring Dartmouth where runners complete a loop of Lake Micmac and Shrubie Park. Crossing back into Halifax, the course provides a scenic tour of the city which features the historic downtown, Point Pleasant Park and the harbourfront before finishing at the Convention Centre. All participants enjoy the friendly crowds along the course and excellent pre- and post-race amenities.

By the Numbers: Participants: 10,000 Fee(s): $75-95 (Marathon); $65-85 (Half); $50-70 (10K); $40-60 (5K)

Charity: Scotiabank Charity Challenge

Ratings: City tour: 4; Crowds/support: 4; Organization: 4; Swag/medals: 4; Atmosphere: 4

Woodys1Sunday May 17: Woody’s RV World Marathon, Red Deer, Alta.

Certified, Boston Qualifier, Race Expo, Popular

Profile: Woody’s, now in its 17th year, provides small race charm with big race organization and has been ranked among Alberta’s best road races. The event takes place every May long weekend and the shorter distances such as the Half and 10K sell out, so register early. The course utilizes Red Deer’s extensive trail system and is run almost entirely within a few metres of the river’s edge making this “Alberta’s River Run.” At the finish, participants are treated to a ‘Woody’s Egger’ which is a breakfast bun of sorts along with other fresh fruits & snacks. They also receive a signature souvenir medal and access to all the race day photos.

By the Numbers: Participants: 1,500 Fee(s): $70-100 (Marathon); $60-85 (Half); $50 (10K)

Charity: Right to Play

Ratings: Organization: 4; Atmosphere: 4; Amenities: 4; Swag/medals: 4

Sunday May 17: La Course “Des Chênes-toi”, Drummondville, Que.

Certified, Popular

drummondvilleProfile: An immensely popular and family-friendly event with races for everyone, La courses Des chênes-toi will be relocated in 2015 due to a local beautification project, but organizers ensure the show will go on and new routes will be found that showcase the city and its scenic surroundings. Participants should expect the same great organization and amenities that have kept families coming back year after year.

By the Numbers: Participants: 3,000 Fee(s): $25-50 (Half); $10-25 (10K & 5K)

Ratings: Organization: 4; Amenities: 4; Family-friendly: 5; Value: 5