Marathon Course Course Elevation at Start


  • Event cap - 2,100. Register early to avoid disappointment.

Register for the Marathon - Early Start - 6:30 a.m.

  • Starts on Menzies St. at Kingston beside the BC Legislative Buildings.
  • Time limit: 7 hours - finish line closes at 2:00 p.m. Walkers welcome.
  • Participants with an estimated finish time of 5:30 - 7 hours only.
    • NOTE: If you are not sure about your predicted time when you register, select the MAIN START. As you get closer to Race Weekend, if you know you will be slower than 5:30, then you can switch to the Early Start before Race Day.
  • Pre-race briefing starts at 6:00 a.m. at the start line.
  • Questions? Contact us at 250-658-4520 or


  • Only participants indicating an expected finish time of greater than 5:30 hours (when you register) will be allowed to start at 6:30 a.m. Walkers are welcome as long as completion time is less than 7 hours. Faster Marathon participants and Half Marathoners are not permitted to start at 6:30 a.m.
    • NOTE: If you are not sure about your predicted time when you register, select the MAIN START. As you get closer to Race Weekend, if you know you will be slower than 5:30, then you can switch to the Early Start before Race Day.
  • If you do not have the correct colour race number you will not be allowed to start early.
  • Runners with a pace faster than 7:28/km (12:01/mile), finishing the marathon faster than 5 hr 15 min, or crossing the finish line before 11:45am will be disqualified and their names will be removed from the official results. This is a safety issue - the far reaches of the course have no marshals until after 8:00 a.m.
  • Be at the Start by 6:00 a.m. (Location: Menzies & Kingston)
  • Up until 7:30 am participants must be on the sidewalk, obey local traffic laws and be self sufficient as volunteer support will be limited.
  • You will be escorted for the first 60-90 minutes of the marathon by cyclists. Some of the cyclists will be stationed at critical turning points and others will cycle along with you.
  • You will need your own water for the first hour.
  • There will be no traffic control for the first hour, so be very careful at intersections.

Register for the Marathon - Main Start - 8:45 a.m. (Note: new start time)

  • Starts on Menzies St. at Kingston beside the BC Legislative Buildings.
  • Time limit: 5:30 hours - finish line closes at 2:15 p.m.
  • NOTE: If you are not sure about your predicted time when you register, select the MAIN START. As you get closer to Race Weekend, if you know you will be slower than 5:30, then you can switch to the Early Start before Race Day.
  • Questions? Contact us at 250-658-4520 or


Baby joggers are not permitted in the 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 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 Marathon - Wheelchair Start - 8:40 a.m. (Note: new start time)

  • Starts on Menzies St. at Kingston beside the BC Legislative Buildings.


Athletes with racing wheelchairs are permitted in the Marathon. The wheelchair start is at 8:40 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 8:40 a.m.

General Description of Sight Classification

From BC Blind Sports -

  • 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 jacket if registered prior to October 8. Men's and women's sizing is available. *Jacket not guaranteed to those registering on Race Weekend.

Sequence Jacket
Colour: Fireball/Lead

Sequence Hooded Jacket
Colour: Poisonberry/Mulberry

Course Info

Marathon Course Map

Course Maps

Association of International Marathons and Road Races


The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is an AIMS and Run Canada-certified 42.195 km course, and is accepted as a Boston Marathon qualifier. The course certification number is BC-2009-075-BDC. Sanctioned by BC Athletics.

BC Athletics

Qualifying for Boston

The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon annually has one of the highest percentages of runners beating their Boston Marathon qualifying times of any marathon in North America.

Course Features

The GoodLife Fitness Victoria 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 7 hours. Baby joggers are not permitted in the Marathon for insurance and safety reasons.

The course includes:

  • All kilometres marked along the route, markers every 5 miles and at halfway for the Marathon, 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, Victoria Golf Course, Oak Bay Village.

Pace Bunnies

New for this year we will be offering pace leaders for the following finish times for the MARATHON ONLY: 3:15, 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15 and 4:30. There are no Pace Bunnies for the Half Marathon.

There will be an opportunity to meet your pace leader, pick up a pace bracelet at the Race Expo on Friday, October 10th and October 11th at the Victoria Conference Centre. There will also be a time set during the weekend during the Speaker Series to hear from the pace leaders (time to be confirmed).

On Race Morning, you will find your pace leader in the start corral on Menzies as of 8:15 am for the Marathon start time of 8:45 am.

Also, please note that those running a similar pace as you will be lined up at the start line time banner that reads:

Marathon 3 hrs. 00 min. 7:00/mi. 4:30/km
Marathon 3 hrs. 30 min. 8:00/mi. 5:00/km
Marathon 4 hrs. 00 min. 9:00/mi. 5:30/km
Marathon 4 hrs. 30 min. 10:00/mi. 6:00/km

Course Description

  • The Marathon starts 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.
  • Cross Foul Bay Avenue and Richardson becomes McNeill. Now you run the Oak Bay "finger." Turn left onto Hampshire, left on Granite, right on Mitchell, and right on Oak Bay Avenue. Run Oak Bay Avenue for five blocks. Then turn right on Monterey, left on Windsor, and right on Oliver down to Beach Drive. Turn left on Beach Drive. The next water stop is just after turning onto Beach Drive, at Transit. Run the Beach Drive waterfront past the Victoria Golf Club, Oak Bay Marina, Willows Beach and Cattle Point. The next water stop is just past the Oak Bay Marina at Glenlyon/Norfolk School. Turn left on Exeter and run a few hundred metres to the 180-degree turnaround, staying on the left, and return along Beach Drive all the way to Oliver. There's a water stop on Exeter, just after the turn off of Beach Drive. On the way back along Beach, water stops are again available at Glenlyon/Norfolk School, and at Beach and Transit. Run the Oak Bay "finger" in reverse: Oliver, Windsor, Monterey, Oak Bay Avenue, Mitchell, Granite, Hampshire, then turn right on McNeill and run back to the half marathon split at Richardson and Cowichan. The 34 km aid station is at Lawndale and Richardson.
  • 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 (8 miles)/34km (21 miles) mark. PowerGels will also be available at 20km (12.5mi).
  • 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 Marathon will receive a finisher's medal in the finishing chute.



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 the Marathon 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 2:00 p.m.

  • 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+)
2:30 2:35 2:40
Elite A Elite B Masters (40+)
3:00 3:10 3:15

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
2:20 2:25
Elite A Elite B
2:50 3:00

Download Information Package (PDF)

Elite Athlete Application - Apply Online

Contact us at if you have any Elite Athlete questions.

Lamech Monoko
Grand Prairie, Texas
Lucy Njeri
Toronto, ON

Tom Howard (40-44)
Surrey, BC
Cheryl Murphy (40-44)
Victoria, BC


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

1st Place Open $4000
2nd Place Open $1500
3rd Place Open $600
4th Place Open $300
5th Place Open $150
1st Place Master (40+) $500
2nd Place Master (40+) $250
3rd Place Master (40+) $150
Course Record Bonus $5000
Masters Course Record $500

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

Course record bonus money is only available to Canadian* citizens. The men's course record is 2:14:33 and the women's course record is 2:37:56.

*Canadian is defined as Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents and Refugees with official status who have been domiciled in Canada for at least one year (proof may be required).


2:11:00 or better$5,000
2:12:00 or better$4,000
2:13:00 or better$3,000
2:14:00 or better$2,000
2:15:00 or better$1,000
2:35:00 or better$5,000
2:36:00 or better$4,000
2:37:00 or better$3,000
2:38:00 or better$2,000
2:39:00 or better$1,000

Bonuses will only be paid to the overall race winner, male and female, who can be of any nationality.

Only one purse will be paid to the race winner.

The winners of the 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