Race Director Message
Welcome to the 9th Annual Winnipeg Police Service Half Marathon. Once again, our team is excited to host over 2500 runners on May 5, 2013. We take great pride in putting on the best event we know how, for the runners in our community while serving as a venue for raising funds for the Manitoba Division of the Canadian Cancer Society. The total of the contributions to the charity since 2005 is over $700,000!
We are proud that the support for the event is demonstrated through the early sell out, we continue to strive to make the race day experience the best possible. Since we can not seem to get the same support from Mother Nature, we will keep trying to ‘tweek’ the race day experience.
For 2013 we are going to attempt something new to try and address the issue of congestion. We have found from our own observations and feedback of the participants, that, at the porta potties at the race start, at some points early on the course, at the relay exchange zone and at the breakfast tent, we have a back up of people that I would like to try and deal with.
This year, we are going to have a 2 wave start. Wave #1 will be at 8 am and will consist of all relay participants and those wishing to challenge for the prize money. Then at 8:30 am we will have Wave #2. The total number of participants will not change very much over last year-ensuring an intimate fun event. We hope that this will smooth out the congestion and make the day that much more enjoyable.
In order to make the event as affordable as possible, we are also making the hard copy registration forms available October 1, 2012 online for download and in all Running Room Stores, so that you can register in person, and save the $5-$12, online processing fee. However you can only pay by cash or cheque using that process.
We are always aiming to improve communication. So, like us on Facebook so we can keep in touch that way. Also, since many of your email filters block my mass emails containing race information, I will make sure that my emails are posted on this site for you to read. As always, my wife Leslie and I invite you to email any questions or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We all look forward to seeing you at the finish line in May!
- Nick Paulet