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Busy weekend ahead for Marathon by the Sea

Port City Challenge, Into the Night 5K nearing sellout

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Aug. 9, 2017

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – By the end of the day, Mike Doyle was expecting at least two Marathon by the Sea events to be sold out.
Between Friday night’s “Into the Night” 5K, and the Port City Challenges, he said things were getting full.
“We’re going to cap out a couple events today,” said Doyle, Wednesday afternoon. “There are 20 spots left between the challenge and the night 5K, so that 5K will be full by people registering for one or the other. We have over 300 with the Port City Challenge.”

Another jam-packed schedule of activities will take place in Saint John, N.B. this weekend for the annual Marathon by the Sea on Aug. 11-13.

Photo courtesy of Marathon by the Sea

The challenge includes both the Friday night 5K, the Saturday morning “Angry Scotsman” 5K, and either of Sunday’s three races – the quarter marathon, half marathon or full marathon.
Formerly the Harbour Passage 5K, the Angry Scotsman 5K will challenge runners to finish ahead of Angus, the – you guessed it – angry Scotsman who will be as colourful with his language as he is with the tam and tartan he will be wearing.
“The Scotsman run is going to be a ball,” said Doyle, race director of Marathon by the Sea. “With that and the night run, it will be two fun runs and then Serious Sunday.”
“Serious Sunday” is the quarter, half and full marathons, all of which start at 8 a.m., and all of which will see some course changes this year.
The only real difference to the quarter marathon route will see runners exiting Harbour Bridge at the city centre exit, with 1K downhill from there to the finish line, instead of its previous exit at Harbour Passage.
The bigger changes will be to the full and half routes, which Doyle believes will now be more runner-friendly with less vehicular traffic and less hilly terrain. Whether Sunday’s runners agree, remains to be seen.
“I’m anxious to see what come across for finishing times, because I find it extremely easy, compared to what we used to offer,” he said.
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Other events this weekend will include Saturday’s kids’ run at 11 a.m., and the Wag ‘n Wheel 4K, a new Saturday event designed for parents, kids, dogs and pups, scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
Other added attractions for Marathon by the Sea participants this year will be the Southern New Brunswick Running Challenge, a partnership with the St. Andrews Father’s Day 5 Miler and the Across Town for Crosswinds event in Sussex that will see runners who took part in all three events receive a special medal. The similar Bay of Fundy Running Challenge is also offered to those who took part in the Bay of Fundy International Marathon.
With weather forecasts looking promising, Doyle said he is looking forward to another great event weekend, from Aug. 11-13.
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