It’s Time to Giv’er!
The Start line is located on Sackville Street, near the intersection with Queen Street.
Finish line is on Brunswick, just past Duke Street – near the Town Clock.
New for Race Operations, 2016
The Angus Macdonald Bridge is not being used for this year’s event, due to ongoing construction (often referred to as The Big Lift!). This has resulted in the design of a NEW Marathon route, Marathon Team Relay route, including some new exchange zones, and a brand NEW 10KM route.
The Full Marathon:
It is a double loop of the Half marathon with a few adjustments. The first and second loop both will have a few metres added on Francklyn Street in the south end. The first loop in the Full marathon and Half marathon will use the south side of Hennessey Pl in the Hydrostone. The second loop in the Hydrostone will use the north side of Stairs Place instead of Hennessey Place. Please review the map and the text for the Full marathon on the website for complete route details.
Note: The 10KM start will begin at 8:05am; Full marathon runners need to plan to arrive to the start line earlier than previous years to avoid crowds lining up for the 10KM.
Marathon Team Relay:
It is using the new marathon double loop course. There will be four exchange zones located near the water stations on Kenny Street, Young Avenue, Cambridge Dr. in Point Pleasant Park and Ahern Ave. Please remember to congregate for your legs approximately 100m past each water station and be mindful not to block any participants on the race routes. Similar to last year, teams can opt to meet at the Ahern Ave. exchange zone and run to the finish line together. Please review the map(s) and text(s) on the website for assigned leg(s) and complete details.
Note: The 10KM start has been moved to 8:05am; 1st leg relay participants need to plan to arrive at the start line earlier than previous years to avoid crowds lining up for the 10KM
New Start Time: Sunday, May 22nd, 8:20 am
Same route as previous years with a few metres added on to Francklyn St. in the south end. Please review the map and text on website for complete route details.
10KM New South Route
New Start Time: Sunday, May 22nd, 8:05 am
This route follows the 5KM route down South Park, Young Ave. and does a loop of Point Pleasant Park. Unlike the Full and Half marathons, it uses Tower Hill Rd. (instead of Serpentine). It also uses Francklyn St., Pine Hill Dr., but uses Southwood Dr. (not Ogilvie St.) to access Young Ave. Please review the map and text on the website for complete route details.
We are pleased to announce the addition of a new competitive wheelchair showcase for 2016! These athletes will race by invitation only and will start five minutes ahead of the 5KM race at 2:55 pm. Be sure to line the streets to watch and cheer for these talented athletes!
Recreational wheelchair participants are welcome to participate in all race events. If participating in the 5KM race we ask that they use the official start time of 3:00pm, as in past years.
Please note: The 5KM route turnaround on Young Ave. has been slightly adjusted to reflect a more accurate distance. The turnaround is now located on Southwood Dr. Otherwise, the route remains the same as previous years.
2016 Start Times
We have some new start times to accommodate the new routes. The start times for 2016 are as follows:
Saturday, May 21st, 2016
11:00am: 2KM and 4KM Youth Runs
2:55pm: 5KM Competitive Wheelchair Athletes (New)
Sunday, May 22nd, 2016
7:00am: Early start for over 6 hour walkers and runners
8:00am: Full Marathon and Marathon Team Relay, 1st Leg
8:05am: 10KM (New Start Time)
8:20am: Half Marathon (New Start Time)
Official Course Closure Times:
Saturday, May 21st, 5:00pm
Sunday, May 22nd, 2:00pm
Blue Nose Pasta Village, Saturday, May 21, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm WTCC
Adult – $20.00 (tax + gratuity included)
Youth (U13) – $10.00 (tax + gratuity included)
Why Shoe Mountain at Blue Nose?
As an organization dedicated to the well-being of our community, we know that many people do not have adequate footwear for everyday wear. What we do know is that many generous runners have several pairs of decent running shoes in their closets that they would love to put to good use. We invite you to help build a mountain of shoes during the Blue Nose weekend activities.
Socks for Soles – Add New Socks to your Donation!
Want to enhance the experience for those receiving running shoes? How about adding a new pair or two of athletic socks? And calling all knitters: if you like to keep your hands busy, this is a great project – you knit the socks and we put them into the hands (and on the feet) of those who need them. Everybody wins!
Where is Shoe Mountain?
Shoe Mountain will be located in the Active Living Expo area of the World Trade & Convention Centre (WTCC) on Argyle Street in Halifax. Located on both Level 1 and Level 2, the collection areas for Shoe Mountain will be fully marked for participants, volunteers and the public-at-large to drop off their donated shoes and socks on Friday, 9am – 6 pm; or Saturday, 8 am – 5 pm.
What’s your Goal?
This is our fourth year and we are aiming for 1,500 for 2016 – but we’d love more!
Every size is needed – from children’s to adult – wide and narrow. All are welcome!
How are the Shoes Distributed?
After the Blue Nose Weekend, shoes will be sorted, boxed, and distributed throughout Nova Scotia by several non-profits including: Soul’s Harbour Rescue Mission, Shelter Nova Scotia, and Salvation Army among others. Kudos to these organizations for helping to deliver the running shoes.
What is the best way to prepare the shoes?
- Check to make sure they are a pair and are not worn out. Insoles removed, laces tied together
2016 Schedule of Events
View the weekend schedule of events.