2017 MISSISSAUGA MARATHON KICKS OFF SPRING RUNNING SEASONS WITH ANOTHER GREAT TURNOUT
Photo Credit: Rob Beintema/Mississauga News
Mississauga, ON – The 14th annual Mississauga Marathon had a fresh start for
2017, with Celebration Square hosting a brand new start line and staging area
for the Full Marathon, Sal Guzzo, LL.B. Relay Challenge, and Half Marathon. Participants
and spectators alike gathered next to Mississauga City Hall for a morning
filled with pre-race anticipation, music and a warm-up held by SWAT Health. Yesterday
evening saw 10KM and 5KM distance participants run through Clarkson and Port
Credit, ending at Lakefront Promenade Park. A total of 8,120 participants took
to the streets and waterfront of Mississauga this weekend, experiencing the
best of what the city has to offer.
"The addition of Celebration Square to the 2017 Mississauga Marathon truly enhanced the pre-race atmosphere
of our race,” says Elliott Kerr, Race Chairman and President of Landmark Sport
Group Inc., organizers of the Mississauga Marathon. “It was very special to
have everyone gather in the heart of Mississauga, and showcase our beautiful
The Mississauga Marathon continued to provide “A Run For Everyone,” with five different distances
and seven different events. Ranging from the Full Marathon to the 2KM Fun
Run/Walk, participants of all ages and athletic abilities were able to
experience the fun and excitement of Race Weekend. Events also include the Half
Marathon, Sal Guzzo, LL.B. Relay Challenge, MNP 10KM, 10KM Student Relay and
Novo Nordisk ® “Hazel” 5KM.
For elite runners, the Mississauga Marathon is an opportunity to set their personal-best,
and qualify for the prestigious Boston Marathon, with a little help from the
80m net downhill course. For the casual runner, the event is a chance to gather
their friends and family for physical activity, and enjoy the on-course
atmosphere of spectators, armed with cowbells, and local bands and cheering
stations, cheering them on.
"We are extremely pleased with the turnout at this year’s event,” says Brody Coles, Race Director.
“The on-course atmosphere was very special this year, with the addition of
cowbells and bleachers for spectators at the finish line, cheering on
participants. The overall atmosphere of Race Weekend was fantastic!”
Lucas McAneney, Burlington, and Truphena Busienei, Hamilton, were the first to cross
the finish line for the Full Marathon event, with respective times of 2:26 and
3:06, while Bonsa Ganfa, Toronto, and Lyndsay Tessier, Toronto, took top place
in the Half Marathon. Each participant crossing the finish line received a
finisher’s medal to commemorate their achievement, in addition to additional
prizes awarded to respective age and gender categories of each event. University
of Toronto Mississauga finished first in the Sal Guzzo, LL.B. Relay Challenge. Top
finishers on Saturday evening included Sergio Raez Villanueva, Mississauga, andTanis Bolton, Paris,in the MNP 10KM, Dylan Alick,
Mississauga, and Catherine Rodriguez, Brampton, in the Novo Nordisk ® “Hazel”
In 2017, the Mississauga Marathon raised funds for 28 different registered
charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, with the help of
participants, choosing to fundraise for their favourite cause. Donations will
continue to be collected until June 7th, 2017.
About the Mississauga Marathon
Events include Full Marathon, Sal Guzzo, LL.B. Relay Challenge, Half Marathon, MNP 10KM, 10KM Student Relay, Novo Nordisk ® "Hazel" 5KM, and 2KM Fun Run/Walk. 2018's event will mark 15 years running.