In-person running at the Mississauga Marathon returns after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, encouraging local residents to get active and take part in community health initiatives
Mississauga – Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie will be lacing up her runners to join top local researchers and residents in the 5k Hazel Walk/Run as part of the Mississauga Marathon, joining the “Diabetes Prevention Dream Team” to promote healthy living and fight Type 2 diabetes.
Events for the annual Mississauga Marathon will take place in-person from Saturday April 30th to Sunday May 1st. Novo Nordisk is proud to sponsor the 5k Hazel Walk/Run that will start in Port Credit by the iconic lighthouse and finish at Lakefront Promenade Park. The return of the marathon brings Mississauga together in an open, safe environment to encourage healthy living and healthier cities.
Peel Region – which includes Mississauga – has one of the highest incident rates of type two diabetes in Ontario. About 1 in 10 adults in Peel are currently living with diabetes or prediabetes and that number is projected to rise to 1 in 6 by 2025. With warmer weather upon us and the return of the in-person Mississauga Marathon, residents are encouraged to get active and help bend the curve of diabetes, one step at a time.
“We’re so excited to welcome runners back to our annual Mississauga Marathon this weekend, as it’s a wonderful opportunity to bring the community together for a great cause, while encouraging healthy, active lifestyles,” says Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Just last year, the City of Mississauga proudly joined Cities Changing Diabetes, a global program to address the rise of type 2 diabetes in cities, and the Mississauga Marathon is a great example of how we can work together to promote healthy living among the community and reduce the risks of diabetes. I encourage Mississauga residents of all ages and abilities to get active and join us at the Mississauga Marathon.”
While diabetes impacts close to 11 million Canadians, type 2 diabetes has become a public health concern in Mississauga as it places a significant burden on quality of life and on the healthcare system. The projected healthcare cost of diabetes in Peel Region is estimated to be $689 million in 2024
“With our head office in Mississauga, and many colleagues residing in Canada’s seventh largest city; Novo Nordisk Canada is proud to sponsor the Mississauga Marathon’s 5k Hazel Run/Walk. This partnership directly aligns with our ongoing commitments in driving change and defeating diabetes,” says Adam Marsella, Director of External Affairs, Novo Nordisk Canada. “Our partnership with the City of Mississauga and the Mississauga Marathon is an important step to help prevent and reduce the prevalence of diabetes and other chronic conditions.”
For more information on the Mississauga Marathon or to register, visit https://www.mississaugamarathon.com/.
For more information on Cities Changing Diabetes Mississauga program, visit https://www.mississauga.ca/projects-and-strategies/city-projects/cities-changing-diabetes-programme/