The 9th annual Mississauga Marathon Weekend is a one-of-a-kind “Run for Everyone” with 10,159 participants ranging from one to eighty-one years old. The weekend events included a Boston-Qualifying Marathon with 1,192 runners; Half Marathon had 3,629; Valeant Pharmaceuticals 10K had 1,740 runners and 10K Student Relay with 161 teams; Starbucks Coffee Hazel 5K with 1,552 runners; Subway 2K Fun Run/Walk with 977 participants; and Petrillo Law Corporate/Team Relay with 85 teams. The goal is to have people of all ages and abilities out and running, whether they are elite athletes or simply recreational runners out for exercise and better health and well-being.
“Our goal is to offer running events for all ages and abilities so as to involve as many as possible to participate in the Mississauga Marathon weekend”, says Elliott Kerr, President of Landmark Sport Group and Founder of the Mississauga Marathon. “We have created one of the most beautiful courses in the country that includes our Lake Ontario waterfront and we continue to strive to make it a truly unique experience for everyone.”
The Mississauga Marathon’s societal and community focus is evident in its planning and implementation. While keeping entry fees low to ensure participation, the Marathon also donates numerous entries to charitable initiatives. In addition, over 1,500 volunteers donate their time to help ensure the success of race weekend, and all race participants are encouraged to use on-line fundraising tools to raise funds for local charities including: Trillium Health Centre Foundation, Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada, The Credit Valley Hospital Foundation, YMCA Mississauga, YMCA of Greater Toronto, Jerry Love Children’s Fund, United Way of Peel Region, MS Society – Mississauga Chapter, New Circles Community Services, CameronHelps, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation – Mississauga Chapter, The Mississauga Food Bank, SickKids Foundation, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Peel Children’s Aid Foundation and Wellspring Cancer Support Network.
Beyond the event planning, the whole community is thoroughly engaged making the Mississauga Marathon Weekend an event worth attending. Thousands of spectators line the running route with water and cheering squads offering moral support to spur runners and walkers on. Entire families come out to the finish area to enjoy live music, face painters, balloon animals and more.
The 2012 Mississauga Marathon Men’s Champion is Joe Campanelli from Etobicoke with a time of 2:32:57, and Amy Frazier from East Amherst, New York took the women’s Mississauga Marathon title with a time of 2:57:28. Michel Lavoie from Laval, Quebec and Nelson Ndereva from Toronto crossed the finish line in second and third in the men’s category, while Christina Clark from Guelph and Kim Fleet from London, Ontario earned their podium finishes in second and third for the women’s category of the Mississauga Marathon.
Our family of Mississauga Marathon sponsors includes: Petrillo Law, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Subway, Starbucks Coffee, The City of Mississauga, Mississauga News, Gatorade, Ontario Tourism, Running Room, Port Credit BIA, Scotiabank, Vinyl 95.3, Mississauga Business Times, Whole Foods Market, AMJ Campbell Van Lines, Michelob Ultra, National Post, Alice Fazooli’s, K&K insurance, CanKopy, Rogers TV, Kia, Novotel Toronto Mississauga, Powerbar and Aquafina.
The 10th Annual Mississauga Marathon will take place May 4 & 5, 2013.