Cancer has affected so many people today; has touched each and every one of us in many different ways. Each member of the race committee has been affected by way of a family member diagnosed with cancer, a friend, a co-worker or themselves. Iron Cops is part of the Cops for Cancer program that has fundraised for the Canadian Cancer Society and raised millions nationally since its inception in 1994. Since 2000, the Winnipeg Iron Cops chapter alone has raised approximately $860,000.00 and of that amount approximately $690,000.00 since the inception of the WPS Half Marathon!
The event is scheduled to start at 8:00 am just east of the Assiniboine Park footbridge with a moment of silence to remember the tragic events in Boston. For the first time, there will be two starting waves, the second wave starting at 8:30 am.
The Winnipeg Police Service’s helicopter, AIR1 will be on site at the Assiniboine Park for public viewing – weather permitting.
Members of the public are invited to cheer runners on along the route or at the finish line! The public is also invited to enjoy a pancake breakfast at the race site by donating to the Canadian Cancer Society.
1st leg: Runners will head east from the start line then south through the park on Locomotive Drive and Formal Garden Way to make their way out of the Park. The runners will then proceed north on Park Boulevard North then east on Wellington Crescent (in the west bound lanes) to Oxford Street (turn-around point) where they will return west on Wellington Crescent and then north over the train footbridge at Empress Street; continue west on the north side of the river on Wolseley Avenue West, under Route 90 overpass to Riverbend Crescent, Assiniboine Avenue; north on Douglas Park Road then west on Portage Avenue in the east bound traffic curb lane. Relay exchange is set up in the vicinity of Portage Avenue and Overdale Street.
2nd leg: Runners will continue west on Portage Avenue to Olive Street where they will utilize the footpath system to head onto Roblin Boulevard to Oakdale Drive (turn-around point) and back to the north side of the Assiniboine River via the Charleswood Parkway where the runners will make a loop through Woodhaven (west on Portage Avenue in the east bound traffic curb lane; south on Woodhaven Boulevard; east on Assiniboine Avenue, north on Woodbridge Road, east on Assiniboine Crescent to Portage Avenue) prior to returning east on Portage Avenue to the Assiniboine Park footpath where they will proceed south over the footpath to the finish line located at the Duck Pond.
Visit the WPS Half Marathon website to view the race route at www.wpshalfmarathon.ca, Event Details tab; Course Description tab.
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