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Though the race may be a few months away, the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) is giving people a head start on raising money for their Half Marathon.

WPS Deputy Chief Gord Perrier, provincial Justice Minister Heather Stefanson, Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman and Manitoba Chair of the Canadian Cancer Society Elmer Gomes announced the start of fundraising efforts today.

The race is set to take place on Sunday, May 6.

“This event is about those who are affected by cancer and about our collective fight against the disease,” Perrier said. “It’s also a special event for the Police Service, as we are able to connect with the community.”

All the money raised before or during the event goes to the Canadian Cancer Society, which will use it to fund teams researching brain cancer.

That includes registration fees and any money raised by people who take part.

Gomes said in the past three years, the Winnipeg Police Service Half Marathon has raised $300,000 for brain cancer research and over $1 million since the event started. All proceeds will be matched by Brain Canada as well.

Gomes says research for all types of cancer is important but brain cancer is tougher to deal with.

“63 per cent of Canadians who have a cancer diagnosis will survive, generally speaking,” Gomes said. “With brain cancer that drops to 25 per cent and it kills nearly 2,000 Canadians every year.”

“We are proud of a police force that protects Winnipeggers and takes the time to make the community stronger,” Gomes continued. “Charities need strong community partners and people who make donations are putting researchers to work.”

The race will begin and end at Assiniboine Park. The WPS says early bird registration is available until March 11th.  Registration for the half marathon is $89.25, the 2-person relay is $178.50 and the 5k is $57.75.

Registration for those who decide to raise funds is free. People can sign up in person or online at any Running Room location, at the Canadian Cancer Society office at 193 Sherbrook Street or through the event website at www.wpshalfmarathon.ca.

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