Kitchener-Waterloo St. John Ambulance

February 04, 2013 10:00 ET

Ed Whitlock is Inspiration Ambassador for 2013 Waterloo Marathon

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 4, 2013) -

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The K-W St. John Ambulance is excited to announce that Ed Whitlock, octogenarian and world record-breaking track and marathon runner is Ambassador of Inspiration for the 2013 Waterloo Marathon.

Ed will be presenting awards to winners, and will do a Q & A after the race on April 28th. He will also be answering runners' questions on the Waterloo Marathon Facebook page during the training months:

In September 2012, at age 81, Ed Whitlock broke the Canadian and unofficial world half-marathon record at his hometown's inaugural race, the Milton Half-Marathon, running 1:38:59.

Prior to that, Whitlock improved the Marathon world record for his age category by almost 15 minutes to 3:25:43 at the 2011 Rotterdam Marathon. Later that year he improved his record at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, to 3:15:54.

"We are delighted that Ed Whitlock is supporting our runners and helping us celebrate our 15th Waterloo Marathon," says Tony Lea, Executive Director/District Manager of the Kitchener-Waterloo St. John Ambulance.

All proceeds from The Waterloo Marathon go to the many life-saving programs of K-W St. John Ambulance. Each year 450 volunteers contribute over 10,000 hours of community support.

The Waterloo Marathon features a run through Ontario's last remaining covered bridge, the "Kissing Bridge". The half-marathon is also open to walkers.

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