World of Water has been the official water supplier of the Manitoba Marathon since 2006. Having 16 years’ worth of experience has been a definite asset when it comes to planning and implementing our delivery strategy on the day of the Marathon. We wanted to provide a behind-the-scenes look at what Marathon day is like from a World of Water perspective.
We begin supplying water for the Marathon the day before the actual event. Two vans full of water are delivered to Investors Group Field, and that water is used throughout the Recovery area as runners enter the stadium and cross the finish line.
Just like the participants and other volunteers associated with the Marathon, the day of the Race starts bright and early for WOW as well! We arrive to our stores around 4:30am and load our delivery vans with the amount of water and pumps required. Each one of our nine Winnipeg locations are responsible for supplying water to a specific number of water stations throughout the course.
By 5:30am water has already started to arrive on the course and getting ready for the runners.
After the event has started and runners have cleared the first few water stations, we come back and collect all the bottles and pumps. We repeat this action as the flow of runners make their way throughout the course (and do enjoying stopping to cheer them on from time to time).
Once the last runners cross the finish line, we collect our bottles from the recovery area and bring everything back to our stores so that we can sanitize and refill bottles before our stores open for business.
In total we utilize 12 World of Water vehicles and are fortunate to have over 70 World of Water employees volunteer to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible on Marathon Day.
World of Water donates over 40,000lbs of our DewDrop water each year to the Manitoba Marathon and it’s an honor providing the dedicated participants with the “Purest Water Possible” when out on the course. We would like to congratulate the Manitoba Marathon on celebrating 45 years, World of Water is one small piece of the Marathon puzzle – it takes tremendous leadership, planning and a large team of volunteers to make the Marathon the success it is year after year.