2017 Nutrience Oakville Half Marathon Showcases Oakville's History
Oakville, ON - A record number of participants of the 2017 Nutrience
Oakville Half Marathon gathered in Coronation Park on Saturday, September 23rd
and Sunday, September 24th to celebrate the must-run Fall event’s 11th
year, while taking in some of Oakville’s most scenic and historic areas. A
total of 1,682 runners and walkers took part in event distances of 21.1K, 10K,
10K Relay, 5K, 2K and the newly added Mutt Strutt 2K throughout the weekend.
Race Weekend began with a Runner's Expo in Coronation Park, featuring 25 vendors, where participants picked up their race kits, including a race bib and timing chip, official event t-shirt and Swag Bag full of great products and samples! On Saturday evening, the first ever Mutt Strutt 2K was held with proceeds supporting the Oakville & Milton Humane Society. 28 dogs and their owners took over Coronation Park for a fun kick off to Race Weekend, with all dogs receiving their own Swag Bag, bandana and dog tag upon crossing the finish line!
On Sunday morning, participants of the Nutrience Half Marathon, 10K, 10K Relay, 5K and Timbits 2K took to the streets of Oakville. Runners and walkers in the Nutrience Half Marrathon were treated to an updated route at this year's event, taking in beautiful scenery along the waterfront of Lake Ontario and through historic areas of Oakville.
Competitively, Curtis Anderson, Toronto, and Kait Toohey, Princeton, took top place in the male and female Nutrience Half Marathon categories, with respective times of 1:14:29 and 1:20:47. The 10K male and female titles were taken by Eric Labelle, Oakville, and Ashley Comstock, Ajax, finishing in 33:57 and 37:41 respectively, while Michael Gill, Oakville, and Erin Wrigglesworth, Milton, finished in winning times of 15:43 and 19:18 in the 5K event.
"We are extremely pleased with our event this year," said Race Director, Brody Coles. "The updated route and addition of the Mutt Strutt 2K were a great way to celebrate our theme of "Past, Present & Future." Taking participants through historic and scenic areas of Oakville was a great way to showcase the Oakville community and added to the runners' experience!"
The medal and race t-shirt that each participant received reflected a plaque design, showcasing the plaques that are found on Oakville's historic homes and the Oakville Historical Society. Participants of the Nutrience Half Marathon made their way past the Historical Society's offices, the Old Post Office, Thomas House and Cottages of Erchless, all part of the Oakville Historical Society.
The 2017 Nutrience Oakville Half Marathon partnered with a number of charities including: Arpana Canada, Austism Ontario - Halton Chapter, CanPak Health and Education Development, Colorectal Cancer Canada, Crohn's and Colitis Canada, Oakville Hospital Foundation, Oakville & Milton Humane Society and SickKids Foundation.
Sponsors of the 2017 Nutrience Oakville Half Marathon include: Nutrience, Running Room, nuun Hydration, Tim Hortons, CogecoTV, The Printing House, AMJ Campbell, Oakville Kids and the Mississauga Steelheads Hockey Club.
About the Nutrience Oakville Half Marathon
Race events include: Nutrience Half Marathon, 10K, 10K Relay, 5K and the Timbits 2K Fun Run/Walk and Mutt Strutt 2K. The 2018 Nutrience Oakville Half Marathon will take place in September, 2018. An official date will be announced shortly. For more information on this event, please visit www.oakvillehalfmarathon.com.
Jenna Brown, Marketing and Communications Coordinator