The Edmonton Marathon goes this weekend in our city.
Over 4,000 participants are slated to take in the events ranging from fun runs all the way up to the full marathon.
John Stanton, the Founder of the Running Room, says that it’s a special anniversary for the event in our city this year.
“It’s a special weekend, because it’s the 25th running of the Edmonton Marathon,” explains Stanton. “We’re very exciting (because) growth rates are up by about 10 percent. Which, when you look across the country, it’s an abnormality this year. Most of the marathons are either flat or down a little bit because (this is) an Olympic year.”
Stanton adds what runners can expect to see on the course.
“The course lives up to its reputation of being flat and fast,” says Stanton. “But at the same time, it’s very scenic. You get the panoramic views of the Edmonton river valley as you run along the top. The beauty of it is, it’s an out and back course. So, the leaders get to see the people behind them and get to be cheered by them. Those running in the middle and back of the pack get to see the leaders and just how fast they are running.”
Last year an Edmonton man, Tom McGrath won the Edmonton Marathon, however this year he’s running the half marathon to prepare for the Chicago Marathon.
There will be a number of road closures throughout downtown as well, to accommodate the marathon. (km/kb)