WINNIPEG – The 13th annual Winnipeg Police Service Half Marathon isn’t for another three months, but the service is already getting the ball rolling.
Registration is now open for the May 7 event and can be found at the marathon’s website. Early bird rates are on until March 19, though free registration is available for those raising funds to fight cancer.
Today the official kickoff was attended by Mayor Brian Bowman, police chief Danny Smyth and the Minister of Sport Rochelle Squires.
They highlighted the cancer-fighting efforts of Connor Thompson, a 31-year-old police officer fighting brain cancer. He was diagnosed in 2011 and given ten years to live, but thanks to research and four surgeries his expectancy has increased to 14 years.
The race route will be the same this year, starting and finishing in Assiniboine Park near the baseball diamonds. There will be the same half-marathon, two-person relay and 5K options.
All money raised will go to support brain cancer research through the Canadian Cancer Society.