The Yarmouth Marathon used to start at Burridge -- as shown in this image from 2012 -- but this Sunday's start will be at Sealed Landers Park. The finish will still be at Burridge.
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By Eric Bourque
One of the newer kids on the block of local running events already has been around for a few years and will take place for the fourth time this weekend.
We’re talking about the Yarmouth Marathon, which is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 24.
Introduced in 2011 and held annually since then, the event again is a fundraiser for the Yarmouth hospital kidney dialysis unit, hence the slogan Bean There Ran That organizers use to promote the race.
As in previous years, marathon day actually consists of three events – a 10-km run, a half marathon (21.1 km) and a full marathon (42.195 km) -- all starting at 8 a.m.
The course has been re-measured to include the Cape Forchu lighthouse, which will serve as a turnaround point for runners doing the half and full marathons.
Another change is that the runners will start at Sealed Landers Park on Main Street, below Hibernia Street.
Burridge Campus, which used to serve as the starting point, remains the finish for runners of all three distances (10, half and full).
Burridge, meanwhile, is the start/finish for a 5K run taking place Saturday, Aug. 23, as part of Yarmouth Marathon weekend. This event is scheduled to get underway at 9 a.m.
For those doing the full marathon the following day, the Yarmouth event is a chance to qualify for the Boston Marathon, as the Yarmouth race is certified as a Boston qualifier.
Runners can register at Runner’s Attic until the store closes on Thursday, Aug. 21, or online at www.atlanticchip.ca/events until midnight Thursday. This is the deadline for registering in advance for Yarmouth Marathon events, but runners can still register on race day (Saturday or Sunday).
A dozen people finished Yarmouth’s full marathon last year. There were 33 finishers in the half marathon and 38 in the 10K. Seventy-seven people finished last year’s 5K for a total of 160 finishers in 2013 between the four distances over two days.