Get ready to run! The Sport Chek Kamloops Marathon returns on Sunday, July 22 to welcome elite runners to Canada's Tournament Capital.
The event, a certified Boston Marathon qualifier, is back in full force after being cancelled in 2017 as a result of devastating wildfires throughout the region. Last year race organizers and volunteers instead lent their resources to wildfire relief and assisted evacuees that flooded into Kamloops. With financial support from title sponsor, Sport Chek, and the hosting of evacuees on campus at TRU, the city pulled together to support all of those affected.
This year, the Marathon returns to McArthur Island with distance options for runners of all skill levels including a full marathon, half marathon, eight kilometre, and three-kilometre family fun run. Teams of four can register for the marathon team relay.
Routes are all flat and they begin and end in beautiful McArthur Island Park. The full marathon route takes runners on an inspiring urban trail with views of unique Kamloops scenery including mountains, grasslands, river valleys, sage-covered hills, impressive ponderosa pines and, of course, the majestic Thompson Rivers. The beauty of the route represents numerous communities through the North side of Kamloops down to Riverside Park.
Stick around after the race and enjoy a pancake breakfast hosted at the finish line by TRU Residence and Conference Centre from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Sport Chek Kamloops Marathon Facts:
• 10,968: Total kilometres ran in 2015
• 500 runners participated in 2015
• 8 water stations
• Runners come from far and wide like Germany and Japan
Funds raised through the Sport Chek Kamloops Marathon support TRU WolfPack athletes competing on eight teams in USPORTS. Proceeds from the three-kilometre family fun run, meanwhile, go toward the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program, a national charity with a commitment to youth play sports in local communities.