The Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon and 5k to take place for 20th year on Sunday
Kip Kangogo set to defend his title and races for his seventh win in 10 years
VANCOUVER, June 21, 2018 /CNW/ – More than 6,400 racers will be lacing up their shoes on Sunday, June 24, to participate in the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and 5k, including some of Canada's top distance runners.
Once again, many participants will be dedicating their races to the 70 local community causes as part of the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. Since 2007, the Scotiabank Charity Challenge in Vancouver has raised $8 million for 187 local charities. Participating charities keep 100 per cent of the proceeds raised, as Scotiabank pays for all related transaction and credit card fees.
Kip Kangogo, of Lethbridge Albert, returns to defend his title as 2017 winner of the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon. Kip has won the event six times in the past 10 years and is always a strong contender. Challenging Kip will be Rob Watson, 4x Canadian Champion; Tony Tomisch, who recently placed third at the Vancouver Half-Marathon and Michael Eaton of Seattle.
In the women's race, a strong pack of three runners will be pushing the pace. Natasha Wodak, Canadian record holder in the 5k, 8k and 10,000m events; Dayna Pidhoresky running strong this year winning the Around the Bay 30k, Times Colonist 10k and second at the Vancouver Sun Run; and Cold Lake, Alberta resident Emily Setlack coming off a win at the Canadian Mountain Running Championships.
|WHAT:||Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and 5k|
|WHERE:||Half-Marathon Start – East Mall; west of UBC Thunderbird Arena
5k Start – Lagoon Drive; near The Fish House in Stanley Park
|WHEN:||Sunday, June 24, 2018
Half-Marathon Start – 7:30 a.m.
5k Start – 9:15 a.m.
The media tent is located near the finish area on the south lawn of The Fish House in Stanley Park. Please check-in to arrange interviews and photo opportunities.
|7:30 a.m.||Half-Marathon start on East Mall; west of UBC Thunderbird Arena|
|7:55 a.m.||Spanish Banks|
|8:10 a.m.||Kitsilano Beach|
|8:20 a.m.||Burrard Bridge|
|8:30 a.m.||Elite finishing time on Stanley Park Drive, across from The Fish House in Stanley Park
Elite men's expected time: 8:30 a.m.
Elite women's expected time: 8:40 a.m.
|9:15 a.m.||5k start on Lagoon Drive, near The Fish House in Stanley Park|
|10:30 a.m.||Awards Ceremony on stage at finish area, Ceperley Park|
Run, walk, pledge or cheer on June 24, 2018, at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and 5k. It's not too late to help raise money for important causes in your community! Share why you race to support your charity, using the hashtags: #RunScotia #ScotiaHalf #InfinitePotential on Twitter and Instagram.
For more information about the Vancouver Half-Marathon and 5k and the Scotiabank Charity Challenge visit: www.vancouverhalf.com
About the Scotiabank Vancouver Half- Marathon
The Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k is part of the prestigious Canada Running Series. As one of Vancouver's premier running events, the "Scotia Half" attracts more than 6,500 runners and walkers of all levels, including many elite athletes and spectators to the city. The Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and 5k take place on Sunday, June 24 starting at 7:30 a.m., for the Half-Marathon and 9:30 a.m., for the 5k.
At Scotiabank, we aim to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their infinite potential. Young people are our future leaders and Scotiabank's goal is to help ensure that they have the necessary skills and resources they need to support their success. Together with our employees, the Bank supports causes at a grassroots level. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2017, Scotiabank contributed more than $80 million to help our communities around the world.
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