Thousands of athletes are preparing for the 25th anniversary running of the Servus Edmonton Marathon, a family festival weekend. Festivities kick off on Saturday, August 19 when families gather for the Kids 1km Fun Run, followed by four races on Sunday, August 20 including the 5km, 10km, Half Marathon and Marathon. Jasper Avenue will be buzzing as more cheer signs, spectators and elites will be on hand creating a celebratory atmosphere. Known as the ‘friendly marathon,’ the course is flat and fast and boasts plenty of scenery with stunning views of the River Valley, and runs through beautifully established, historic neighbourhoods.
Organizers are excited to celebrate the milestone year and build on the event’s success. Race Director, Tom Keogh says more organizations and community groups have come on board, “We’re delighted to have a new title sponsor, Servus Credit Union, and for the consistent support shown to us by the City, EEDC and the Downtown Business Association.” Keogh adds, “Race weekend brings together groups who embrace the vision of a road running event that brings economic stimulus to the city and continues to put Edmonton on the map as a great place to be active with both family and friends.”
Chief Brand, Digital Banking and Corporate Social Responsibility Officer for Servus Credit Union, Gail Stepanik-Keber says Servus is thrilled to participate as the title sponsor, "We are excited to cheer on the running community, and take part in the action on race weekend. The same kind of planning, dedication and commitment needed to complete a road race are key to being financially fit for life." Stepanik-Keber adds, "We want to wish all the athletes a great time and congratulate the event on 25 years of running in the City of Edmonton."
The first Edmonton Marathon took place on a snowy morning in August of 1992 beside Clark Stadium and finished at Commonwealth Stadium. Only hundreds of runners took part. Today, the Servus Edmonton Marathon has grown to become one of Alberta’s top road races, a Boston Marathon qualifier, that provides a big city marathon feel at the start/ finish line of all the races. The first official winner of the Alberta Capital City Marathon, Stefan Fekner says the organizational changes have improved things considerably, “The first ever marathon was held on a dark, cold and dingy morning. Runners had nothing like the amenities of today. Now you have a professionally organized race where the volunteers and runners are treated well and the facilities are first rate.”
Saturday, August 19, 2017:
Activities: 3km Friendship Run, Kids Fun Walk/Run 1km
- · 10:00 am Free 3km Running Room Friendship Run
- · 1:30 pm ABC Kids Activities and 1km Fun Walk/Run
Sunday, August 20, 2017:
Race Day Info: 4 Races: Marathon, Half, 10km and 5km
- 6:00 am Marathon Walk (Walkers ONLY)
- 7:00 am Marathon Run
- 7:30 am 10km Walk/Run
- 8:00 am Half Marathon Walk/Run
- 11:30 am 5km Walk/Run
About Servus Edmonton Marathon:
The Servus Edmonton Marathon was recently named one of Alberta’s Best Road Races by Athletics Alberta. It’s also a Boston qualifier race, and brings elite athletes, international running enthusiasts, and loyal locals out on race day.
About Servus Credit Union:
Servus Credit Union is a member-owned financial institution serving members from more than 100 locations in 59 communities. The credit union’s vision of building a better world - one member at a time - inspires their commitment to shaping member financial fitness. For more information, call toll-free 187SERVUSCU / 1.877.378.8728 or visit servus.ca.
For more information about how to sign-up, or volunteer for the 25th Anniversary of the Servus Edmonton Marathon, please visit: http://www.edmontonmarathon.ca.