The countdown is on for the Winnipeg Police Service 10th annual Cops for Cancer Half Marathon on May 4, and the race is already 65% full.
"We’re trying to break $1-million raised for the Canadian Cancer Society by the race in the past decade," said Veronica Hall, a committee member for the race. "It’s pushing ourselves a lot further than we’ve been able to raise every year, but we think we can do it."
To meet the milestone, Hall said this year’s race has to raise $135,000. Last year, the race raised $121,000.
In addition to the new goals, there will be some extra treats to celebrate the 10-year anniversary.
"We’re giving away a lot of special gifts this year for the participants," Hall said. "But they are kept secret until they are actually handed out."
Hall said a very special time during the race is at the end. When a runner passes the finish line, they’re given a medal by a cancer survivor.
"It is a very emotional time for the runners and the survivors," Hall said.
The race starts in Assiniboine Park near the footbridge and continues through the park on its regular route. There will be two heats and the course will remain open for four hours to accommodate slower runners, walkers, and wheelchair athletes. The course can be found at wpshalfmarathon.ca
"It’s a small race, so we cap it at 2,600 runners," Hall said. "It’s still a larger event but it’s got a more intimate feel and we really try to incorporate the Canadian Cancer Society."
Early bird registration is $78.75 for individual, $157.00 for two-person relay, and ends Jan. 31. Runners can register in person at the Canadian Cancer Society Office (193 Sherbrook St.), at any Running Room location, or online at runningroom.com or wpshalfmarathon.ca
"If (participants) want to wave the registration fee they can raise funds for it," Hall said. "A lot of people really go crazy with it. Last year someone raised thousands of dollars just on their own in order to wave their registration fee, it was pretty amazing."
Hall said the race will need volunteers but they aren’t quite looking yet. To sign up to volunteer, click on the "click now to volunteer" button on the WPS Half Marathon website.