(Fort McMurray, AB, August 23, 2017) - The organizing committee of the Fort McMurray Half Marathon is pleased to announce a new route for the event which takes place this year on Sunday, September 17. The Fort McMurray Half Marathon is a partnership between the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) and the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo (RRC).

“This new route is designed to engage our participants while providing an enjoyable marathon experience,” said Kelsey Stefanizyn, Fort McMurray Half Marathon Organizing Committee Event Chair and Sales and Events Senior Manager of the RRC. “As we celebrate five years of half marathon events in our community, it’s a great opportunity to introduce a new route and a fresh experience for our enthusiastic marathon participants. This route, which includes the TOTAL Aboriginal Interpretive Trail for all participants and parts of Thickwood for our longer distance runners, provides new challenges as well as a chance to enjoy different locations in our community. The feedback we received after the marathons held in 2015 and 2016 indicated the desire for inclusion of more interesting terrain as well as an incline, and we hope this new route will provide this desired aspect for marathon participants.”

The Fort McMurray Half Marathon includes a Half Marathon, 10 km, 5 km and 3 km road races and a Kid’s Fun Run presented by Inter Pipeline. The marathon sees strong support annually, with hundreds of community members participating in the event since the inaugural half marathon in 2013.

Route maps are now available online at: RRCWB.ca/events. Online registration for the event is also available online and in person at the Shell Place Box Office. Participants and community members are invited to visit the Fort McMurray Half Marathon Facebook page at: facebook.com/fortmcmurrayhalfmarathon.

The organizing committee of the Fort McMurray Half Marathon would like to thank the following partners for their support of the event this year:

  • Inter Pipeline
  • Hertz
  • Mix 103.7 FM
  • Save-On-Foods
  • Clearwater Physical Therapy