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What’s new with the Blue Nose Marathon in 2018?

With the big bridge construction complete, the Blue Nose Marathon route has seen a change.

Those registered for the 2018 Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon are going to notice some changes this year. 

The race – which takes place over the weekend of May 18 – will mark the 15th year that this Canadian race has been a staple in the Halifax and Dartmouth community.  

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New routes for the next edition of the Blue Nose will be the biggest change for next year. Runners who got acquainted with the marathon in 2016 or 2017 will run a different course at a new venue. 


Over the past two years, bridge construction on the route linking Halifax to Dartmouth caused race directors to keep the race exclusively in Halifax. With the project now complete, the Blue Nose Marathon Marathon and Goodlife 10K will return to Dartmouth. 

The Active Living expo also takes place during race weekend occurring in the new Halifax Convention Centre where runners can pick up their kits or sign up on site. 

One main feature of the race is its charity challenge. Scotiabank has been the title sponsor for 10 years and this year,  the race and its sponsor are hoping to raise $620,000. 

About 13,000 people are expected to participate in the seven different races happening in 2018. Registration for the event is now open and participants are encouraged to take advantage of early bird fees on right now.