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Scotiabank

May 17, 2015 12:33 ET

Over $500,000 Raised at 2015 Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon

HALIFAX, NS--(Marketwired - May 17, 2015) - Close to 12,000 people took part in the 12th annual Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon this Victoria Day weekend, raising more than $500,000 for 81 local charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

Maritimers grabbed five of the six top spots in the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon. The top three male marathon runners were Matthew White from Dartmouth, NS, Kris Taylor from Hunter River, PEI and Bryan Hipson of Yarmouth, NS. Nova Scotia's Marlena Dlutek took first place for the women in the full marathon, followed by New Brunswick's Mary Astle and Damara Nickerson of Ontario.

2012 Olympic silver medalist Abel Kirui from Kenya won the Scotiabank Half Marathon with a time of 1:04:03.

"This year's Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon has been a truly special event," said Gerry Walsh, Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon co-chair. "With the incredible support of the community, we had a fantastic turnout and raised much needed funds for local charities. I would like to recognize all of the volunteers who worked tirelessly throughout the weekend to make it such a great success."

The Scotiabank Charity Challenge raised $500,000 and counting as of press time, well on the way to reaching the $530,000 goal set for this year's event. Since the introduction of the Scotiabank Charity Challenge in Halifax in 2009, more than $2.4 million dollars has been raised for local charities.

"At this year's Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon, talented athletes and recreational runners came together to strive for personal bests and raise money for worthy causes in the community," said Craig Thompson, Scotiabank's Senior Vice President of the Atlantic Region. "We especially want to thank all those who took part in this year's Scotiabank Charity Challenge who made their run even more meaningful by giving back to the charities that do so much for our community."

Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon Results

Full Marathon Male

1. Matthew White, Dartmouth, NS 2:37:00
2. Kris Taylor, Hunter River, PEI 2:45:01
3. Bryan Hipson, Yarmouth, NS 2:46:42

Full Marathon Female

1. Marlena Dlutek, Beaver Bank, NS 3:18:09
2. Mary Astle, Fredericton, NB 3:24:28
3. Damara Nickerson, Toronto, ON 3:26:06

Half Marathon Results

Half Marathon Male

1. Abel Kirui, Kenya 1:04:03
2. Jason Guy, St John's, NFLD 1:19:43
3. Patrick White, Halifax, NS 1:21:43

Half Marathon Female

1. Sara Earle, Bedford, NS 1:29:21
2. Abbey Shaw, New Glasgow, NS 1:29:24
3. Leah Jabbour, Halifax, NS 1:29:59

10K Results

10K Male

1. Greg Wieczorek, Halifax, NS 0:32:59
2. Matthias Mueller, Middle Sackville, NS 0:33:50
3. Isaac Cull, Pubnico, NS 0:35:06

10K Female

1. Christie Longmire, Shearwater, NS 0:40:48
2. Jenna Clark, Denman Island, BC 0:41:11
3. Hannah Estabrook, Halifax, NS 0:42:42

For more highlights and complete race results, please visit: http://bluenosemarathon.com/.

To see a list of charities involved in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, visit http://bluenosemarathon.com/charity-challenge/official-charities/.

About the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon
The Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon is one of the largest two-day sport participation events in Atlantic Canada. The race has grown every year since it started in 2004, and has welcomed over 100,000 participants to date. Blue Nose weekend kicked off on Saturday, May 16, 2015, with the Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run, followed by the Johnson Insurance 5K race. All other race events, including the Full Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K race took place on Sunday, May 17, 2015. For more information, please visit www.bluenosemarathon.com.

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Twitter: @BNMarathon and #BlueNose2015 #runScotia

About Scotiabank
Through our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank and its employees support causes at a grassroots level. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has contributed on average $50 million annually over the last five years to community causes around the world.

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