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Posted: May 13, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: Runners go the distance for local charities at Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon!

There is still time to run, walk, pledge or cheer!

HALIFAX, May 13 /CNW/ - As the clock ticks down to the start line for the 2009 Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon in Halifax, local charities are poised to hit their stride. The Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon will take to the streets of Halifax this coming weekend and this year marks the first time that the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge will be a part of it, benefiting 17 local charities.

"Scotiabank is committed to giving back to the community and while this is a great run, it is more than a sporting event. This year, the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge will help raise funds for organizations that have a huge impact on our local community and make a difference in people's everyday lives," said Gisela Cardwell, Scotiabank Vice-President, South West Nova Scotia District. "On behalf of Scotiabank, I would like to thank every walker or runner who has signed up to support a charity, and applaud everyone who has pledged a donation."

The Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon is expected to draw as many as 9,000 runners and walkers. The event includes a full marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K and youth run. For the first time, the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon will feature the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge. Under this program, charities in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and now Halifax benefit from the generosity of runners and their supporters. Scotiabank Group provides a series of prizes totaling $7,500 based on participation and fundraising.

The charities participating in the 2009 Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge at the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon are:

YMCA Strong Kids Dartmouth General Hospital
ALS Society of NS Revolution
Arthritis Society - Joints in Motion Easter Seals Nova Scotia
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Halifax FEED NOVA SCOTIA
  Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia
Brigadoon Children's Camp Society  
Brain Tumour Foundation Molly Appeal for Medical Research
Bryony House Provincial Autism Centre
Canadian Diabetes Association of NS Special Olympics
Epilepsy Association of NS Phoenix Youth

This year, the YMCA Strong Kids Program is the featured charity, extending a very important partnership that has been in place since the marathon's inaugural year in 2004.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for the YMCA Strong Kids Program and we are proud to be the featured charity for the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge at the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon," said Bette Watson-Borg, President, The YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth. "The YMCA's purpose is to build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities through providing affordable and accessible programs for the young people in our community. With the support of our runners, we can do more for our community."

Not a runner or walker? There are several ways to get involved with this year's Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon.

Run, Pledge or Cheer
Run - Join runners from around the country by taking part in any of the full marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K and youth run. For more information on start times and to register:

Pledge - The Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge - A great way to get involved this year is to participate in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. Make your Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon run more meaningful by going the distance for one of our 17 official charities. Run or walk in honour of a loved one or simply to give something back to your community. No matter which distance you participate in, your fundraising makes a difference! For more info:

Cheer - Come out and cheer on the competitors or pledge a runner taking part in the race. More information on the runners and walkers behind the charities can be found at For every great runner, there is a great reason to run.

About Scotiabank
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2008 the Bank provided about $43 million in sponsorships and donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas of healthcare, education, social services and arts and culture. Visit us at

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