Over 9000 took to the streets of Mississauga
The Mississauga Marathon celebrated its 10th Anniversary this weekend as 9,148 runners took to the streets of scenic Mississauga.
"We are thrilled to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this great running event in Mississauga ," said Ben McCarty, Mississauga Marathon Race Director. "Offering a variety of distances and races, we are proud to cater to elite marathon runners as well as the first time 2K participant."
The Mississauga Marathon's motto of "A Run for Everyone" offers events for beginners to recreational runners and elite athletes. More than 9,000 participants ranging in age from two to 82 took part in the following events: Boston-qualifying Marathon, Petrillo Law Relay Challenge, Recharge with Milk Half Marathon, Valeant Pharmaceuticals 10K and 10K Student Relay, Starbucks Coffee Hazel 5K and Subway Restaurants 2K Fun Run/Walk.
Nelson Ndereva of Toronto was the winner of the men's marathon in a time of 2:29:32. Joe Campanelli of Etobicoke was second at 2:33:16 and Jason Weppler of Shallow Lake was third at 2:38:23. Janine Moffett of St. Catharines was the winner of the women's marathon in a time of 2:58:23. Nancy Walker of Petrolia was second at 3:11:39 and Cynthia Campanaro of Dundas was third at 3:14:27.
This year, 70 participants were recognized as ten-time runners, having participated each year since the event's inception in 2004. Ten-time runners received recognition for their dedication and commitment to the run with unique race bibs, special Under Armour shirts and had their names announced at the start of their race.
"The 10th anniversary of the Mississauga Marathon is a milestone for the City of Mississauga," said Elliott Kerr, President of Landmark Sport Group Inc. and Founder of the Mississauga Marathon. "Our community has shown incredible support over the ten years, through volunteering at our race weekend and raising money through our Scotiabank Charity Challenge."
The Mississauga Marathon is truly a community event. More than 1,500 volunteers contributed to the success of the weekend, while thousands of spectators showed their support along the running route with water, banners and cheering squads. The finish line at Lakefront Promenade Park offered live music and entertainment for all runners, friends and families.
Under Armour technical shirts were back by popular demand this year for runners participating in the Full Marathon, Petrillo Law Relay Challenge, Recharge with Milk Half Marathon and Valeant Pharmaceuticals 10K Run or Walk.
The Mississauga Marathon believes in giving back to the community in many ways, including numerous charitable initiatives. Race participants had the opportunity to raise funds for local and national charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. This year's charitable recipients include: Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada, United Way of Peel Region, Cameron Helps, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (Mississauga Chapter), The Mississauga Food Bank, Peel Children's Aid Foundation, Team in Training - Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, SickKids Foundation, Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation, Heart House Hospice, Ronald McDonald House Toronto, Canadian Red Cross, MitoCanada Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation, ALS Society of Canada, Toronto Military Family Resource Centre, Arthritis Research Foundation, GlobalMedic, Reach for the Rainbow, Community Living Mississauga, Ovarian Cancer Canada, Lighthouse Festival Theatre and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).