The Cortes Half Marathon starts at Smelt Bay this Sunday, September 19th, at 8:30 AM.

The idea grew out of the runs that Peter Wrinch, CEO of Hollyhock, made during the pandemic. A friend suggested they organize a marathon.

The Cortes Market and Cortes Natural Food Co-op partnered with Hollyhock to sponsor the event.

Volunteers came forward from the community.

There will be a 5k, 10k and 22K run.

Runners pay a registration fee, which ranges from $5 to $25 depending on their route.

The proceeds will be used to pay for event costs, but the organizers are also hoping to use this event as a fund raiser.

“Any remaining money will go to the Last Stand for Forests in support of the Fairy Creek blockades,” said Wrinch.

Want to register as a runner? volunteer to help run the event? Or learn more about it? - go to Cortes Half Marathon.ca.

Map showing route of the first 5K in the Cortes Half Marathon

The first 5k: from Smelt Bay around the southern tip of Cortes Island and back - map courtesy Cortes Half Marathon

Map showing the 10K route in the Cortes Half Marathon

The next 10K (or 10K run) - From Smelt Bay Road north through Mansons Landing, then down the east side of Cortes Island through Hollyhock - Map courtesy Cortes Half Marathon

Map showing the final leg of the Cortes Half Marathon

The final stretch - down South Point Road around the southern tip of Cortes Island and back to Smelt Bay - Map courtesy Cortes Half Marathon


Credits: (top) One of the paths that will be taken by people running in the Cortes Half Marathon on Sunday Sept 19th - Photo courtesy Cortes Half Marathon (podcast) Getting ready to run by Malik Skydsgaard on Unsplash

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