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Waterloo Half Renamed After Ed Whitlock

Fitting tribute for the 19th annual event in Waterloo, Ontario

In a fitting tribute the Waterloo Half Marathon has been renamed the Ed Whitlock Half Marathon in recognition of Whitlock’s storied history with the event. In addition to having smashed the age group world record at the race last year, he was a long-time supporter of the event and its runners. "We are recognizing his contribution to running; his 36 World Records; his humble personality – The Master; by naming the Half Marathon, the Ed Whitlock Half Marathon", said race director Tony Lea.
 
The newly minted Half Marathon and Waterloo Marathon events take place on Sunday, April 30, 2017 – blending country charm with big city race perks seamlessly.

A Boston-qualifier, the Waterloo Marathon’s speedy course is a fantastic spring marathon option for those looking to qualify. With a combination of rolling hills and flat sections, the course was a personal best for Get Out There reporter Jeff Rowthorn, who covered the event for us earlier this year. Watch his full race report below:

 

But even if speed isn’t your game, the Waterloo Marathon offers something for all runners. Start with a stunning course through beautiful rural Mennonite country. The marathon is a single-loop route that takes in pastoral scenes of farms and crosses an historic covered bridge as you make your way to the finish line. Our reporter was even passed by a horse-drawn buggy! The half marathon welcomes both runners and walkers, so no matter what your speed you can enjoy this event.

The event starts and finishes at Bechtel Park in Waterloo and offers an indoor site for warm-up and complimentary post-race massages. Organizationally, this race offers key perks of any top-notch event: professional chip timing, technical race shirt, race photographers, water stations every 3 km, prizing for overall and age group winners, first aid and free event parking. Race finishers also receive a clay medallion created by a local, award-winning potter. There is plenty of community support for racers, not to mention the half marathoners who cheer on the marathon runners to the finish!

Proceeds from the race support the St. John Ambulance, Kitchener-Waterloo Branch Home Caregiver Support Program. Thanks to the generosity of runners, walkers, donors, volunteers and sponsors over the past 18 years, St. John Ambulance has been able to provide life-saving programs and services in the Kitchener-Waterloo community.

Registration is now open for the 19th Annual Waterloo Marathon & Ed Whitlock Half Marathon. Be sure to register soon - shirt cut-off date is April 19th - and get ready to run Waterloo in April! Register Now.

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