Marty the Marmot competes for the title


Jeff Harris
July 26, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Victoria Royals’ mascot Marty the Marmot has qualified for the championship round of’s second annual Favorite Mascot of the Year poll.

Marty, who won the “Favorite Not Listed” category with a whopping 44 percent of the vote in the preliminary round, now goes head-to-head against the best from North America’s top sports leagues. He is currently facing off against Bailey from the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Los Angeles Kings, Benny the Bull from the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Chicago Bulls, the Sausages of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Milwaukee Brewers and others. Voting for the final round began this morning.

This is the second year the Favorite Mascot of the Year poll has run. Categories included the NBA, MLB, NHL, National Football League (NFL), Minor League, College and Favorite Not Listed mascots. The University of North Florida’s Ozzie the Osprey took home the honors last year and is also a finalist this year. is a website dedicated to uniting mascots with their fans.

Marty spends countless hours in the Greater Victoria community raising money for a variety of charitable causes and organizations. During the 2012-13 Western Hockey League (WHL) season, Marty the Marmot raised over $17,000. The Royals’ mascot has also been a strong advocate for organizations such as the BC Cancer Foundation and the BC Lions Easter Seals.

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Scott Harrigan
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