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Blue Nose Marathon
Date May
Location Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Event type Road
Distance Marathon
Primary sponsor Scotiabank
Established 2004, 19 years ago
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The Blue Nose Marathon is a charity road marathon that has been held each spring in Halifax since 2004. The race is currently sponsored by Scotiabank, as the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon.

This marathon is a standard length at 26 miles (42.2 kilometers). Since its inception, abbreviated runs are also available including a Youth run (2k and 4K), 5 km, 10 km, and 1/2 marathon (21.1 km), each sponsored by different local sponsors.


The marathon was first held in 2004.

In 2005, despite unexpected heavy rain and strong winds, officials were able to reroute the course to avoid dangerous areas, such as a bridge crossing and flooded areas, and started the race with only a one-hour delay.

The 2020 in-person edition of the race was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Halifax Blue Nose Marathon 2016 (154891999)
Blue Nose Marathon in 2016

Set within the Halifax-Dartmouth city confines, the Blue Nose Marathon includes a path around Lake Banook and Lake Micmac, crossing Halifax's Macdonald Bridge, and a run through Point Pleasant Park on the south-end Halifax peninsula. All seven events start and finish at the same points, with different courses to accommodate the seven distances.


Each race has its own sponsor each year, current sponsors include:

  • Scotiabank (Full Marathon)
  • Half Marathon
  • GoodLife Fitness (10 km)
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