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Marathon to help search and rescuers

With the Winterlude Triathlon, the Gatineau Loppet, the Really Cool Prediction Run and the Canadian Ski Marathon filling the weekends, February is a busy month for mass participation sporting events.

With the Winterlude Triathlon, the Gatineau Loppet, the Really Cool Prediction Run and the Canadian Ski Marathon filling the weekends, February is a busy month for mass participation sporting events.

But that hasn’t prevented 800 people from signing up to race in the inaugural Winterman Marathon this Sunday.

The race — the region’s only winter marathon — is a joint effort of Search and Rescue Global 1 and Somersault Promotions.

Winterman Marathon race director Lawrence Conway said the event is a fundraiser for search and rescue volunteers. SAR Global 1 is often called out to help police departments find hurt or lost backpackers, hikers or mountain bikers.

Since this is their first winter marathon, Conway said they chose a looping five-kilometre course between the War Museum and Tunney’s Pasture.

“A smaller, close loop is a lot more controllable from our perspective, and for spectators as well,” he said. “If you have a big, long course there would be long gaps of isolation for the runners.”

 
 
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