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Friday, April 29, 2016
News Release - Winnipeg Police Service
Friday April 29, 2016
12th Annual Winnipeg Police Service Half Marathon, 2-Person Relay and 5K race!
On Sunday, May 1st, come cheer on 2,900 runners in this year's 12th annual Winnipeg Police Service Half Marathon, 2-Person Relay and 5K race!
Whether they're running to beat their time, to honor a loved one or to show cancer whose boss; our runners have their hearts, heads and feet in the right place.
All monies raised from this year's event will be going to the Canadian Cancer Society in support of brain cancer research. The money will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, by Brain Canada through the Canada Brain Research Fund, a public-private partnership established by the Government of Canada.
Brain cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths among youth and young adults. The overall survival rate for all cancers is 63%, while the relative survival rate of brain cancer is 25%. Brain cancer represents some of the most aggressive forms of cancer, making it difficult to destroy.
Come and cheer Joanne Schiewe and Catherine Ledlow, brain cancer patients and two of our top fundraisers as they race to beat cancer.
The event is scheduled to start at 8:00 a.m. in front of the baseball diamonds in Assiniboine Park. The 5K will take off at 8:20 a.m. Both starts will enjoy an exciting send off with a fly pass of a Canadian Forces C130 Hercules aircraft.
The Winnipeg Police Service's helicopter, AIR1, will be on site for public viewing.
Members of the public are invited to cheer runners on along the route or at the finish line. Supporters are welcome to join in the pancake breakfast at the race site through a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society.
1st leg: Runners will head south 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 Guelph 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 the 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 the Charleswood Parkway and turn around at Roblin Boulevard. Runners will head back to the north side of the Assiniboine River via the Charleswood Parkway, looping through Woodhaven (west on Portage Avenue in the east bound traffic curb lane; south on Woodhaven Park; 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 and east to the finish line located in front of the baseball diamonds.
Visit www.wpshalfmarathon.ca to view the race route.
Traffic notes include:
- West bound Wellington Crescent from Guelph Street to the Assiniboine Park is closed 6:00 am until 11:00 am (no parking on the closed portions of Wellington Crescent)
- North bound Park Boulevard North to Wellington Crescent is closed from 6:00 am until 11:00 am (no parking on Park Boulevard North, north of Corydon Avenue)
- No parking is permitted in the two east bound curb lanes of Portage Avenue from Woodhaven Boulevard west to Douglas Park Boulevard from 2:00 am to 2:00 pm on race day
Please contact Canadian Cancer Society Media Advisor John Douglas with any questions or media enquiries at 204-227-1846 or via email: email@example.com
For further information contact either: Constable Jason Michalyshen, Public Information Officer Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs