Known as ‘the people’s marathon’, the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon event welcomes all ages, abilities and fitness levels. With the help of 1,400 volunteers, there are six running events (5KM, 10KM, half marathon, full marathon, marathon team relay, youth run-4KM and 2KM) taking place over the Victoria Day long-weekend*. There is also an Active Living Expo that span two days with 70 vendors and more than 80 booths. The Active Living Expo takes places on November 6th and 7th, 2021. Over 60 local charities raise more than half a million dollars annually through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

*For 2021, the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon will occur on November 6th and 7th due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.