Yarmouthians to sing O Canada at Blue Nose Marathon


Published on May 7, 2017

Rayanne Oakley and Joshua Cochrane of Yarmouth will sing the national anthem prior to races that are part of the upcoming Blue Nose Marathon in Halifax.

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YARMOUTH -- Two Yarmouth-area youth have been chosen to sing the national anthem at this year’s Blue Nose Marathon in Halifax.

Rayanne Oakley, 12, and Joshua Cochrane, 11, were selected based on their performance at an audition event at the Scotiabank Centre.

Three people were chosen from the April 30 auditions to sing O Canada prior to races that will be held as part of this year’s Blue Nose Marathon weekend (May 19-21).

The other winner was Lauren Wamboldt, a 14-year-old from Cole Harbour.

The annual Blue Nose Marathon consists of various distance options.

Rayanne will sing the anthem before the youth run – 2K/4K – and Joshua will sing it prior to the weekend’s 5K. Both of these races will take place Saturday, May 20.

Sherri Robbins, the Blue Nose Marathon’s executive director, said they wanted to do something in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.

“This was an idea that one of our team members had, that we sing the national anthem at the start of our races,” she said.

Over 30 people auditioned.

“We thought it was a great success, lots of talent,” Robbins said. “They made it very tough for the judges.”

This will be the 14th edition of the Blue Nose Marathon, the event having been first held in 2004. In addition to the youth run and 5K, the weekend includes a 10K, half and full marathon and marathon team relay.

Organizers expect about 12,000 participants all told, comparable to last year, Robbins said.

She noted that it’s not hard to find a Yarmouth angle to the Blue Nose event, given the anthem singers this year and the fact that Yarmouth-area runner Bryan Hipson was the winner of the full marathon a year ago.

“There’s lots of connections to Yarmouth, which is great,” she said.