As runners start to plan races for the spring and fall, one among Ontario’s hottest operating occasions is again with a brand new look. The Mississauga Marathon has dropped the marathon, and can now be generally known as the Mississauga Half, with a brand new and thrilling course, and a prize purse of $5,000.
Underneath new possession, the race determined to strengthen its roots and cater to the preferred distance, the half marathon.
“Lately, the numbers in our marathon have barely declined, and the half numbers have continued to rise,” says Brad Melville, co-race director. “We aren’t eliminating the race, however our method is to pare issues down and put deal with the distances we’ve had success with.”
Many runners have speculated that the decline in marathon numbers is because of its being held on the identical date because the close by Toronto Marathon, which has taken place on the primary Sunday in Might since 2012. In response to Melville, pre-pandemic, the Mississauga Marathon would get round 1,000 registrants. In 2022, the variety of registrants was under 500.
The Mississauga Half Marathon is scheduled for April 30, and also will characteristic a 5K and 10K race with a refreshed imaginative and prescient, feel and look, with a spectator-friendly course.
“We determined to go to a looped half course which begins and finishes on the similar level–Celebration Sq. in Mississauga,” says Melville. “Spectators will see the runners move by means of the sq. 3 times.”
The organizers needed to design a seamless occasion for spectators and runners. “Celebration Sq. will host the pre and post-race festivities, which embrace race equipment pickup, post-race leisure, award ceremony, drinks and meals,” Melville says.
The half marathon course is a licensed, scenic course, taking runners on a journey from the town centre, over the Credit score River, and thru the College of Toronto-Erindale campus. The award-winning Marilyn Monroe buildings shall be in your sights over the ultimate few kilometres and again into Celebration Sq.. An interactive map of the 2023 race could be discovered right here.
The Mississauga Half Marathon is an Athletics Canada Street Street Label occasion, which signifies the requirements in security and runner expertise and includes a prize purse totalling $5,000. “Our ultimate objective is to draw the Canadian Half Marathon Championships to the town of Mississauga,” says Melville. “We consider that the success of our 2023 occasion might help us host the occasion throughout the subsequent three to 5 years.”
Registration is now open for the 2023 race, with a distance for each age, expertise, and talent. Mark your calendars for April 30, and be part of the revamped Mississauga Race Weekend, right here.