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2014 WPS HALF MARATHON – A Million Dollar Dream

Corey Gallagher (WPS Half Marathon Winner) (Photo JGJ)
Corey Gallagher (WPS Half Marathon Winner) (Photo JGJ)

WPS Half Marathon Organizers celebrated their 10th Anniversary by eclipsing an impressive milestone.

Mark MacDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Cancer Society Manitoba Division, delighted in sharing the news the event has raised in excess of one (1) million dollars since the race’s inception.

All proceeds are donated to the Manitoba Division of the Canadian Cancer Society.

This year nearly 3,000 runners enjoyed temperate spring weather after residents of Manitoba were forced to endure one of the coldest winters in over one hundred (100) years. With calm winds, clear skies and balmy temperatures hovering around -3 degrees Celsius the majority of runners expressed gratitude to Mother Nature. Veterans of the race were especially appreciative.

The WPS half marathon’s inaugural race took place in May of 2005 after a dedicated group of Police Officers and civilians put their heads together and decided to “be the difference.” The premiere race took thirteen (13) committee members over six (6) months of hard-core planning and organizing. Over one hundred (100) volunteers donated their time to support organizers on race day.

Race planners initially hoped the race would attract around two-hundred (200) runners to “break even.” Five weeks before the race, organizers stopped accepting registrations as over one thousand (1,000) participants had registered.

In 2005, a total of $37,000 was raised and donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Since that time the WPS Marathon has continued to grow and evolve into one of the most anticipated, highly organized races of its kind.

An event like the WPS Half Marathon has many moving parts. Course planning, Traffic control, pedestrian control, participant registration, participant services, medical, physiotherapy, food, beverage, medals….the list is almost endless. WPS Half Marathon Organizers never leave anything to chance in their preparation for this event.

Congratulations to the Organizing Committee and all Volunteers for making the WPS Half Marathon a tremendous success.

INSIDER INSPIRATIONAL RUNNER OF THE DAY

OPP Detective Constable Miranda Duggan (Photo JGJ)
OPP Detective Constable Miranda Duggan (Photo JGJ)

OPP Detective Constable Miranda Duggan prepares to hit the start line with her new-born son in her effort to complete the WPS Half Marathon Relay Race.

This is Duggan’s third race with her team of almost eighty (80) OPP Officers and their families who run for a team called OPP Cruising For a Cure. The Officers come from all over the Northwest Region of Ontario.

Duggan, like so many runners, has an intimate familial connection to Cancer.

Team OPP was inspired to run the WPS Half Marathon after one of their members became ill with a form of cancer approximately three (3) years ago.

The Police Insider congratulates and thanks Team OPP for their participation and support for the WPS Half Marathon.

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4 Comments

  1. Good post! We will be linking to this great article
    on our website. Keep up the great writing.

  2. That’s sweet. I can run and bench press your body weight too! XOXO

  3. James G Jewell

    Didn’t run it but can still bench press my body weight smart guy!

  4. Where did you finish, and what was your time for this momentous event my friend?

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