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Bridge work will keep Blue Nose Marathon in Halifax this year


Runners take off at the start of the full marathon at the Blue Nose Marathon in Halifax on May 20, 2018. - Tim Krochak
Runners take off at the start of the full marathon at the Blue Nose Marathon in Halifax on May 20, 2018. - Tim Krochak

The Blue Nose Marathon will remain on the Halifax side of the harbour for 2019.

Repairs on the MacKay bridge — two of the bridge’s four lanes will be closed most weekends from spring to fall — will keep the Macdonald bridge open during the annual race weekend and restrict the race to peninsular Halifax.

For the first 12 years of the event, the full marathon course crossed over the Macdonald bridge and into Dartmouth.

Construction on the old bridge left the route without a Dartmouth portion in 2016 and ’17. The full marathon returned to the City of Lakes last year.

This year, the course will consist of two 21.1-km laps from downtown Halifax, around the Halifax Commons to the north end, back through downtown Halifax and around Point Pleasant Park. Runners will finish on Brunswick Street in front of Scotiabank Centre.

For the first time in the 16 years of the event, the race weekend will take place in June. A scheduling conflict with the Memorial Cup championship pushed the event from its usual Victoria Day weekend slot to the weekend of June 8-9.

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