Nova Scotia

Youth run kicks off Blue Nose Marathon

The Annual Blue Nose Marathon weekend is now underway in Halifax.

The Annual Blue Nose Marathon weekend is underway in Halifax.

The event kicked off Saturday morning with more than 3,000 Children taking part in the Doctors Nova Scotia youth run.

The run, not officially timed, started at 11 a.m.

According to the marathon's website, Nova Scotian youth have among the lowest fitness levels in Canada and that's why they've made youth fitness a primary focus of the event.

Doctors Nova Scotia wants to raise the level of awareness among youth and their parents of the benefits of a healthy body and healthy mind.

"I'm sure I speak for about 1,200 volunteers here today, tomorrow is of course a big day too, but the youth run has always been a very special time and place for us," said Chris Larsen, general manager of the marathon.

"Over 3,000 kids right now out on the streets of Halifax going for a 4.2 k run is nothing but good."

On Sunday, 7,000 adults will take to the street as the full marathon and shorter races will also take place.

Police are asking drivers to use caution as the runners will be on the streets of both Halifax and Dartmouth.

The MacDonald Bridge will be closed Sunday morning beginning at 9 a.m.