The Blue Nose Marathon began with a dream – that Halifax, Nova Scotia have its own annual marathon. Realizing that there were many races around the world, we came up with a unique idea. Our marathon would be part of a weekend of events promoting and celebrating healthy living and active lifestyles. As well, we would encourage everyone in our community and beyond to get involved as a volunteer, sponsor, spectator, or participant, be it as a runner, walker, or Nordic walker.

The Blue Nose Marathon known as ‘the people’s marathon’, is the signature event of Blue Nose.  This event welcomes all ages, abilities and fitness levels traditionally occurring annually on Victoria Day weekend*. Blue Nose Marathon is a community based and volunteer-driven organization.

With the help of more than 1,000 volunteers, there are six running events (5KM, 10KM, half marathon, full marathon, marathon team relay, youth run-4KM and 2KM) taking place during the Victoria Day weekend every year. There is also an Active Living Expo that spans two days with more than 80 booths. The Scotiabank Charity Challenge has grown to over 80 charities that collectively have raised more than $500,000.

In 2019, Blue Nose Marathon took on the management of the Valley Harvest Marathon which occurs annually on Thanksgiving weekend in Wolfville. In 2021, Blue Nose Marathon successfully created and delivered three new events during the pandemic, The Night Owl, The Honkin’ 5 and The Popsicle Run.

Who We Are

Blue Nose Marathon was born and bred by Nova Scotians in 2004- taking place in the City of Halifax.  Blue Nose was founded in 2004 by community leaders Gerry Walsh and Rod McCulloch, who dreamed of a world-class running event that would showcase the beauty of Halifax and Dartmouth. “In the first year, we had 3,500 registrants – and we thought that was pretty good,” said Walsh. “Little did we know that Blue Nose would experience double-digit growth in most years, reaching 13,000 in 2014.”

Gerry & Rod

Co-Founders, Gerry Walsh (left) and Rod McCulloch (right)

Blue Nose Marathon is registered as a non-profit society in the Province of Nova Scotia.