Half Marathon Course Course Elevation at Start

Half Marathon

Register for the Half Marathon - Start: 7:30 a.m.

  • Event cap - 5,600. Register early to avoid disappointment.
  • Time Limit: 6 hours.
  • Starts on Menzies Street at Kingston Street beside the BC Legislative Buildings (the same place as the Marathon).
  • Questions? Contact us at 250-658-4520 or info@runvictoriamarathon.com.


Baby joggers are not permitted in the Half Marathon for insurance and safety reasons. If an accident were to occur between a runner and a baby jogger, neither party would be covered by our event liability insurance. The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Half Marathon is a foot race. For safety and liability reasons all events are limited to registered runners only. Bicycles, hand cycles, skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, skates, pacing and running with dogs are strictly prohibited on the course. Non-compliance with these safety rules will result in disqualification.

Register for the Half Marathon - Wheelchair Start - 7:25 a.m.

  • Starts on Menzies Street at Kingston Street beside the BC Legislative Buildings (the same place as the Marathon).


Athletes with racing wheelchairs are permitted in the Half Marathon. The wheelchair start is at 7:25 a.m. Hand-cycles are absolutely prohibited. Indicate you are a wheelchair athlete when you register.

VISUALLY IMPAIRED ATHLETES - May start with the wheelchairs at 7:25 a.m.

General Description of Sight Classification

From BC Blind Sports - http://www.bcblindsports.bc.ca/graphic/sports/index.htm

  • B1 No light perception in neither eye up to light perception but inability to recognize the shape of a hand at any distance or in any direction.
  • B2 From ability to recognize the shape of a hand up to visual acuity of 2/60 and/or visual field of less than 5 degrees.
  • B3 From visual acuity above 2/60 up to visual acuity of 6/60 and/or a visual field of more than 5 degrees and less than 20 degrees.


  1. Pin your race number to the front of your shirt. Athletes should display "Visually Impaired" on the back of their race shirt. These bibs are available at the Solutions Desk at the Race Expo. "Guide" bibs (for the back of the shirt) are available to the participant that is accompanying the Visually Impaired athlete.
  2. Stay to the right of the course and allow faster participants to pass on the left.


Participants will receive a long-sleeved New Balance technical shirt if registered prior to October 8. Men's and women's sizing is available. *Shirt not guaranteed to those registering on Race Weekend.

Accelerate Long Sleeve
Colour: Petrol/Hi-Lite

Accelerate Long Sleeve
Colour: Paradise/Silver Mink

Course Info

Course Maps


GoodLife Fitness Victoria Half Marathon Map

Association of International Marathons and Road Races


The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Half Marathon is an AIMS and Run Canada-certified 21.0975 km course. The course certification number is BC-2009-074-BDC. Sanctioned by BC Athletics.

BC Athletics

Course Features

The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Half Marathon is a beautiful, seaside course with some mild undulations, but with a maximum elevation change of only 74 feet. There is NO COURSE CHANGE IN 2013. Walkers are welcome as long as completion time is less than 6 hours. Baby joggers are not permitted in the Half Marathon for insurance and safety reasons.

The course includes:

  • All kilometres marked along the route, markers every 5 miles, one-mile marker and one-mile-to-go marker.
  • Bands and cheering stations at various locations along the route.
  • Porta-potties at every aid station.
  • Medical services on the route and at the finish line.
  • Scenic features along the route: BC Legislative Buildings, Royal London Wax Museum, Ogden Point, Olympic Mountain Range, statue of Terry Fox at Mile 'O', Beacon Hill Park.

Course Description

  • The start for the Half Marathon is on Menzies at Kingston. Run south, away from the Inner Harbour, turn left on Michigan and left again on Government Street. Take care to not get tangled up with other runners in the pack in these first two corners. Run down a slight decline on Government Street, past The Empress Hotel, and onto Wharf Street. Turn right on Johnson Street, then right on Cook Street. The first aid station is just past Fairfield Avenue on Cook Street.
  • Turn right onto Park, right onto Heywood, left on Southgate, and left onto Arbutus, entering Beacon Hill Park. Arbutus blends left into Bridge Way. Turn right onto Heywood and right onto Circle Drive. Run a complete counter clockwise loop of Circle Drive and Dallas Road (1-mile), staying to the left, and turn right on Heywood, and right on Park; completing an early race loop. Turn right on Cook Street. Turn left on Dallas Road (the second aid station is on Dallas Road near Cambridge) and run to Hollywood Crescent, keeping to the left. The third aid station is at Dallas Road and Memorial. Stay on Hollywood Crescent, past its southern intersection with Robertson, until Hollywood blends into Robertson just before the intersection with Ross and Crescent. Turn right onto Crescent and left on Irving to Fairfield.
  • Turn left on Fairfield, right onto Richmond, and right again onto Richardson. You're now approaching the point where the Marathon route splits from the Half Marathon. The next aid station is beside the park on Richardson, just before turning left onto Lawndale. Turn right on Quamichan (careful of the speed bump!) and right again on Cowichan. When Cowichan reaches Richardson, you're at the 13 km mark of the race. It's here that the Marathon goes left and the Half Marathon goes right.
  • Return along Richardson, left on Richmond, left on Fairfield, right on Irving, right on Crescent, left on Robertson and left on Hollywood Crescent to Dallas Road.
  • Continue on Dallas Road westbound, all the way past Beacon Hill Park and the Ogden Point breakwater, right on Erie, left on St. Lawrence, right on Kingston, left on Montreal, right on Quebec, left on Pendray and right onto Belleville to the finish in front of the Legislature. There are water stops every 2 km in the last stages of the race: at Dallas and Memorial, Dallas and Cambridge, and at Dallas and Oswego.

Aid Stations

  • Old Victoria Water, electrolyte beverage stations, and porta-potties will be located along the course approximately every 3km. Fruit and Power Gels will be available at approximately the 13km mark. You may carry your own fluids and gels to supplement what is already provided at the aid stations. If you require your own additional fluid out on the course, please deliver it to the official van on Superior at Menzies by 8:00 am for delivery to the 13km aid station at Lawndale and Richardson.
  • An athlete who collects refreshment from a place other than the aid stations (i.e. from spectators) renders himself liable to disqualification.


All finishers in the Half Marathon will receive a finisher's medal in the finishing chute.




Half Marathon finisher certificates will be able available in PDF format from the race results page on the website.


The top 5 male and female places in each 5-year age category in Half Marathon receive awards. In addition, awards are given to the overall male and female, top male and female masters (40+), top wheelchair winners and top visually impaired athletes. Awards will be presented at the Victoria Conference Centre, the site of the Victoria Marathon Race Expo, on Race Day at 12:00 noon.


  • Half Marathon - Open, Masters (40+), and Married.
  • All runners on Masters teams must be at least 40 years of age. Master runners may join an Open team.
  • Please note: Only one team can be selected.
  • The finish times of the top four finishers (two for Married) on each team count towards a cumulative score. The top 3 teams in each category receive an award.
Runner at the Finish Line

19 & Under 55-59
20-24 60-64
25-29 65-69
30-34 70-74
35-39 75-79
40-44 80-84
45-49 85-89
50-54 90+


Athletes who have run under certain time standards may be eligible for complimentary entry to the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. Complimentary entry qualifying standards are as follows:

North American
Elite A Elite B Masters (40+)
1:10 1:15 1:15
Elite A Elite B Masters (40+)
1:20 1:25 1:25

Local athletes who are running in their first Marathon or Half Marathon may be eligible for assistance, depending on their performances in the past 18 months.

Elite A Elite B
1:05 1:10
Elite A Elite B
1:17 1:20

Download Information Package (PDF)

Elite Athlete Application - Apply Online

Contact us at elite@runvictoriamarathon.com if you have any Elite Athlete questions.

Jon Brown
Victoria, BC
Natasha Fraser (nee Wodak)
Port Moody, BC

Bruce Deacon (40-44)
Coquitlam, BC
Marilyn Arsenault (40-44)
Victoria, BC


The following prize money is available in the Half Marathon, with identical awards for men and women:

1st Place Open $1500
2nd Place Open $600
3rd Place Open $300
4th Place Open $150
5th Place Open $75
1st Place Master (40+) $250
2nd Place Master (40+) $150
3rd Place Master (40+) $100
Course Record Bonus $1000
Masters Course Record $250

Open and master prize money for men and women is available to all runners of any nationality.

Course record bonus money is available to athletes of any nationality. The men's course record is 1:02:32 and the women's course record is 1:15:27.

The winners of the Half Marathon, male and female, and the top master male and female will each receive a pair of SunDog sunglasses!

Other Information

Race Package Pick-Up

Timing information

Boston Certified