Marathon News

  • Oct 12, 2013
  • Oct 11, 2013
  • Oct 10, 2013
    • See our final Pre-Race Newsletter. We're wishing you all the best this weekend!
    • Check your race number online or at the Race Expo.
    • Online Registration is NOW CLOSED. You can still register at the Race Expo on Race Weekend. Race Package Pickup is open on:
  • Oct 8, 2013
    • MEDIA ADVISORY: The 34th Annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon invites you to a pre-race Media Conference to hear about Victoria's largest annual destination sporting event. MEDIA CONFERENCE: Friday, October 11, 10:00 am at Frontrunners Footwear, 1200 Vancouver Street (Corner of View and Vancouver).
    • GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Elite Fields Taking Shape via Athletics Illustrated: Strong elite fields are taking shape leading up to this Sunday's 34th running of the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K weekend of events.
    • Live Leader Board & Athlete Tracker. This year, the 2013 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 8K is featuring the latest in real-time race tracking by providing Live Results via our partner Race Day Timing Services. Features Include:
      1. Live Web Tracker & Leaderboard – Provides times and current pace, usually within 10 seconds of a participant crossing a split point. After the first split, estimated times for the next point and finish will also be provided (based on current pace). Visit the Web Tracker on either an iOS or Android device for a mobile optimized experience.
      2. Real-time Facebook/Twitter Notifications – Automatic posting as progress is made on the course. As a spectator, the times of the person you are tracking can be posted to your Facebook / Twitter feed automatically, allowing friends and family to share in the excitement. If you are a participant, claim your profile and enable Facebook / Twitter notifications. Your stats will post live as you pass each checkpoint.
      3. PLEASE NOTE: Web Tracker & Facebook/Twitter results are UNOFFICIAL! Official results are posted upon completion of the event.
      4. Sign-Up Now! The 2013 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, Half-Marathon, & 8K Live Results system is now available at http://track.rtrt.me/e/VICMARA2013. Participants, Family & Friends can all use Live Results to share in the fun. Sign Up now to have race progress posted directly to your Facebook or Twitter feeds! On race day, spectators can get status of runners in real-time using the Participant Tracker & Leaderboard. Details such as time, pace, and estimated finish will be instantly available! For more information, see http://track.rtrt.me/e/VICMARA2013.
  • Oct 7, 2013
    • MEDIA RELEASE: Traffic Advisory for Sunday, October 13, 2013 (Victoria, BC – October 7, 2013). On Sunday, October 13, the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon route will start in downtown Victoria on Menzies and wind through the downtown core into James Bay and Beacon Hill Park, along Dallas Rd to Gonzales Bay. It will proceed into Fairfield, Oak Bay and Uplands before the turnaround. The route then returns the same way. There will be a loop at the Lawndale/Cowichan area that will be the turnaround point for the Half Marathon.
    • Woman On The Run! Times Colonist Blogger, Denise Helm, with Race Day: Ready or Not.
    • Important Information About Registration and Race Package Pickup (updated: October 7, 2013)
  • Oct 3, 2013
    • Volunteers! We are still looking for about 100 volunteers on Race Weekend. Apply today to be part of our amazing Volunteer Crew. Visit our Volunteers Page to see where volunteers are still required. Thanks for your support!
    • Three Masters Seeking a New Course Record at the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon via Athletics Illustrated: Three Greater Vancouver area runners plan to break Tom Howard's twenty-five-year-old GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon master's course record that was set in 1988. Howard's 40-44 age-group record is 2:27.36, while the course record for 45-49 category is just 2:33.45, which was set by Danny Gonzalez of Lake Oswego, Oregon in 2009.
    • Check out Bruce Deacon's October 2013 Training Newsletter! With only days to go before your race, the training is all done. But that isn't to say that there aren't things you should do to get the most out of your body on race day. Read the do's and don'ts of race week preparation.
  • Oct 1, 2013
  • Sept 30, 2013
    • Check out our latest email update. GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon | Catch The Marathon Fever
    • Check the Race Weekend Schedule of Events! Free Speaker Series, Carbo Gala Dinner, Pre- and Post-Race Massage, Course Tours by Bus, Race Expo and more!
    • Race Day Live Streaming Coverage (7:30am-2:00pm) - Now your friends and family from around the world can log in to www.cheknews.ca and share in your Marathon finish. Your friends and family will be able to watch the finish line live. After the race is wrapped up the stream will remain on the site for a month after the event so you can go back and re-live your achievement. Thanks CHEK NEWS!
    • We are still taking registrations for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon. Register today!
    • 34th Annual Race Guide will be in Race Packages - Click here.
  • Sept 19, 2013
    • Volunteers - Join Our 2013 Crew! We are still actively accepting applications for our 2013 Volunteer Crew! Positions are available on and off the course, prior to and on Race Weekend. Join Our Team! If you belong to a group that would like to pull together as a volunteer team, we want to hear from you. We can put you on a marshal team or at an aid station. Volunteers will receive a short-sleeved New Balance technical shirt, certificate and pass from GoodLife Fitness!
  • Sept 13, 2013
    • With 30 days to go there are lots of details to share with you! Check out the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon September Update.
  • Sept 9, 2013
    • Check out Bruce Deacon's September 2013 Training Newsletter! Getting your body ready for race day is only half the battle. Use September to fine tune the mental strategies needed to carry you across the finish line on race day. Read how you can use a final tune up race to ready yourself for the Marathon or Half Marathon.
    • Visit Louise Hodgson-Jones' Blog: 3 Great Running & Jogging Routes in Victoria! What a summer! Endless sunshine, great attractions, unique festivals, alfresco dining and an abundance of visitors. This is the Victoria that we want to show the world. With one of the warmest summers on record everyone has been getting outside and enjoying all what Victoria has to offer. And that includes the amazing running and walking routes that we have in abundance here. The variety is endless - you can run by the ocean, by lakes, on rural trails and through Arbutus forests. There are trails for everyone and for every ability.
  • Sept 5, 2013
    • MEDIA RELEASE: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Regular Registration Deadline - September 15. The regular registration deadline for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is just over a week away - on September 15. To date, over 7,400 registrations have been received for all four events: the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and the Thrifty Foods Kids Run. It is expected that there will be an increase in registrations over the next few days before the late registration fees apply.
  • August 21, 2013
    • CHEK News is a proud sponsor of the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. Here's a promo video to inspire you!

  • August 14, 2013
    • Here's our latest update! Yes, we want you! Run or walk with us! August Update.
  • August 13, 2013

    MarathonFoto will have an army of photographers on hand to make sure you can chose from several great photos of your heroic effort. Smile when you see our photographers in the bright yellow vests and make sure your bib number is clearly centered and visible so we will be able to identify you. View and order your photos within 1 to 3 days after the race!

  • August 9, 2013
  • August 8, 2013
    • Check out Bruce Deacon's August 2013 Training Newsletter! Injuries can be an occupational hazard when training for a big run. This month we have some tips to help deal with those aches and get you back to training fast. As the long runs increase in distance, it is time to explore the delicacies of gels-the ultimate "fast food".
  • August 7, 2013
  • August 6, 2013
    • Gels Update: PowerBar PowerGel Flavors will be Strawberry Banana (w/ caffeine), Chocolate, Vanilla, and Tangerine (w/ caffeine).
    • Sports Drink Update: We will be providing Cytomax® Sports Performance Drink at the aid stations in 2013. Flavors will be cool citrus and tangy orange.
    • Book Your Accommodation Now! Check out Special Rates offered by our Hotel Partners.
  • July 15, 2013
  • July 12, 2013
    • Happy Friday! Here's our July 2013 Update! There are 3 Days To Register before the July 15th deadline!
      • Not Sure if you Registered Already? Check the confirmation list to see if you are registered.
  • July 11, 2013
    • Finisher Medals Revealed! The 2013 Finisher Medals were designed by Tom Spetter.
    • Check out Bruce Deacon's July 2013 Training Newsletter! Weather is warming up and logging the miles is getting harder. Learn how to handle the heat. Squeeze in those vacation miles and make some of your best running memories.
    • Train for the 8K Road Race! With just three months until the GoodLife Fitness Victoria 8K Road Race, it's time to start training. The course is fast and flat - ideal for a beginner wanting to move up from 5K to 8K, or for those wanting to set a PR. Here we have a three-month schedule for you to follow and keep you on track. Join over 3,000 runners on October 13 and receive an 8K finishers medal to celebrate your achievement. Register today!
  • July 9, 2013
    • MEDIA RELEASE: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Early Bird Registration Deadline - July 15. The early bird registration deadline for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is just days away - on July 15. To date over 4,000 registrations have been received for all four events - the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and the Thrifty Foods Kids Run. It is expected that there will be an increase in registrations over the next week before the regular registration fees apply.
  • June 13, 2013
  • June 11, 2013
    • MEDIA ADVISORY - The 34th Annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon invites you to a Media Conference to officially launch the 2013 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program.
  • June 10, 2013
    • Check out Bruce Deacon's June 2013 Training Newsletter: After five years of online coaching and dozens of marathons (including two Olympics), Bruce Deacon shares his top three running tips for those starting a training program. He frequently gets asked for tips to run a better half or full marathon. Also, visit the Training Tips page for past newsletters.
  • June 6, 2013
    • Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program Media Launch: You Are Invited!
      • Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 10:00 - 11:00 am at Frontrunners Footwear, 1200 Vancouver Street.
  • June 3, 2013
    • CHEK News is a proud sponsor of the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. Here's a promo video to inspire you!

  • May 13, 2013
    • Here's our May 2013 Update! 2 Days To Register before the May 15th deadline!
  • May 10, 2013
    • MEDIA RELEASE: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon First Registration Deadline - May 15. The first registration deadline for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is just days away - on May 15. The 34th annual running of the Marathon takes place on Sunday, October 13. In addition to the Marathon there is a Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and the Thrifty Foods Kids Run. All four races are capped: the Marathon at 3,000; Half Marathon at 6,000; 8K Road Race at 3,500 and the Thrifty Foods Kids Run 1,300.
  • May 7, 2013
    • Check out Bruce Deacon's May 2013 Training Newsletter: Run better without the Monday morning soreness of a weekend warrior. Learn how to improve your running strength through core training, weights and running drills.
  • May 2, 2013
    • We'll be at the BMO Vancouver Marathon this weekend (Thursday to Saturday). Come by the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon booth for some great deals on registration!
    • Check out Bruce Deacon's April 2013 Training Newsletter: Pay your tribute to the Boston Marathon tragedy by setting your sights on qualifying to run in this classic race. Help us choose the program that is right for you. Learn what to do between now and the start date of your program.
  • April 17, 2013
    • On behalf of both the Victoria Marathon Society and the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, our hearts and thoughts are with those that have been affected by Monday's tragic events in Boston, MA at The Boston Marathon. So many have been affected by Monday's news. The running community has shown its strength by coming together to support one another at this time.

      We want to reassure those registered for the 2013 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon that our security, traffic and medical plan is developed jointly with the Victoria and Oak Bay Police Departments, City of Victoria officials, and Emergency Medical Services in order to ensure the safest possible event for everyone involved. In addition, we will be guided by the response of other marathon events.

      We look forward to welcoming everyone to Victoria in October - Sunday, October 13, 2013.

  • Mar 27, 2013
    • New Age Categories! Great news! We have expanded our age categories for the Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K Road Race! We are proud to announce that 80+ now becomes 80-84, 85-89 and 90+.
  • Mar 20, 2013
  • Mar 11, 2013
  • Feb 20, 2013
    • MEDIA RELEASE - GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon announces 19 Charities to participate in the 2013 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program. (Victoria, BC - February 20, 2013). Nineteen charities will be participating in the 2013 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program. This is the eighth year that the highly successful Charity Pledge Program has been adopted by the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. It is the third year that the Times Colonist has been the title sponsor for the program. In 2012, 20 charities participated in the Charity Pledge Program raising just over $195,000. Since 2006, just under $1 million has been raised by the combined charities. More info...
  • Jan 21, 2013
    • Victoria Marathon To Host BC Athletics 2013 Marathon Championship
      • Marathon Championship: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, Victoria, 13 Oct 2013. The Championship portion of the event is open to all Junior, Senior, Masters and Road & Trail members of BC Athletics. Memberships must be received by October 10, 2013 in order to be eligible.
      • Travel Assistance: Through the Sport Experience program, BC Ferries and Sport BC will assist with ferry travel costs for athletes participating in the BC Championship. For further details, see the Sport BC website. Applications for travel assistance must be received at least two weeks before the Championship. Due to overwhelming demand, Sport BC may not be able to accept all applications.
  • Jan 16, 2013
    • MEDIA RELEASE - GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Online Registration Open (Victoria, BC - January 16, 2013). As the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon prepares to celebrate its 34th Annual event on Sunday October 13, 2013, we are pleased to announce that online registration is now open. There are four events to choose from: the Marathon (42.2km), Half Marathon (21.1km), 8K Road Race or the Thrifty Foods Kids Run (1.2km).
  • Jan 15, 2013
  • Dec 20, 2012
    • Online Registration for 2013: We hope to launch online registration in January 2013. Stay tuned to our homepage for updates.
  • Nov 21, 2012
    • MEDIA RELEASE: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Announces 2012 Charity Totals. (Victoria, BC - November 21, 2012). The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon has announced its charity fundraising totals from the 2012 event. The combined total from the Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program, donations from the Victoria Marathon Society and participant donations totaled $325,500. The 2012 event was held on Sunday, October 7th.
    • Thanks to CHEK News and Tourism Victoria for this wonderful promo video of the 2012 Race Weekend!

  • Oct 26, 2012
    • 2012 FEEDBACK SURVEY: Thank you for participating in the 2012 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon! Please take a few minutes to complete this online survey and be eligible for two complimentary entries to the 2013 race - Sunday, October 13, 2013. Survey closes Friday, November 2nd at NOON.
  • Oct 23, 2012
    • The top pledge collectors in the 2012 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program were announced at the Awards Ceremonies on Oct 7.
      1. Sister Lucy DuMont, Mount St. Mary Foundation: $9063
      2. Katherine Hart, BC Cancer Foundation: $5,050
      3. Evan Fagan, Mount St. Mary Foundation: $3,845
      4. Mei-Sheng Shanks, BC Cancer Foundation: $3,775
  • Oct 16, 2012
    • Finisher Certificates and Race Portraits by Brightroom! Select your event and search for your name. Click on your name to print your finisher certificate and click on the camera icon to view your race photographs!
    • 2012 BC Marathon Championships - The provincial marathon road running championship were incorporated into the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, hosted by the Victoria Marathon Society, and was open to any 2012/13 Junior, Senior, Masters or Road & Trail member of BC Athletics. The Championship winners were Graeme Wilson and Nadyia Fry.
  • Oct 15, 2012
    • MEDIA RELEASE: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Half Marathon Makes Top Ranking in BC. The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Half Marathon is the most competitive Half Marathon in BC this year, according to BC Athletics. The ranking is based on the times of the top 20 men and women. The Half Marathon, with the Marathon and 8K Road Race, took place on Sunday, October 7.
    • Thanks to CHEK News for their Race Weekend Coverage!
      • You can watch the streaming video from the finish line again and again! http://bit.ly/QTovJZ
      • How many volunteers does it take to get the Victoria Marathon running? Vee Cooper takes a look in Vital People. http://bcove.me/qgp31vp9
      • More Marathon Coverage: Paul Haysom looks at the top finishers and has more race highlights in sports. http://bcove.me/wt9kqo44
      • A marathon of an achievement! Thousands pound the pavement in a record-setting Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon. Monica Martinez has the details. http://bcove.me/rm88c5vu
    • Videos by Chris Kelsall/Athletics Illustrated:
  • Oct 10, 2012
    • Check out Bruce Deacon's 2012 Post-Race Training Newsletter! Congrats! The race is over and hopefully things have gone well. Probably by now, you have started to think about what is next. Is there another race on the horizon? Should you take some time off?
  • Oct 8, 2012
    2012 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Results
  • Oct 7, 2012
  • Oct 6, 2012
    • Are you ready for the race? Paul Haysom has all your GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon details. http://bcove.me/cxqysqal
    • Marathon Mania! The countdown is on to the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon as thousands get ready to pound the pavement. Monica Martinez reports. http://bcove.me/l05eli2q
  • Oct 5, 2012
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  • Oct 1, 2012
    • Look Up Your Race Number:
      1. Marathon : LOOK HERE
      2. Marathon (Early Start) : LOOK HERE
      3. Half Marathon : LOOK HERE
      4. 8K Road Race : LOOK HERE
    • MEDIA RELEASE: Traffic Advisory for Sunday, October 7, 2012 (Victoria, BC - October 1, 2012). On Sunday, October 7, the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon route will start in downtown Victoria on Menzies and wind through the downtown core into James Bay and Beacon Hill Park, along Dallas Rd to Gonzales Bay. It will proceed into Fairfield, Oak Bay and Uplands before the turnaround. The route then returns the same way. There will be a loop at the Lawndale/Cowichan area that will be the turnaround point for the Half Marathon.
    • BC Transit - Victoria Regional Transit System Customer Alert.
    • Important Information About Registration and Package Pickup.
    • Check out Bruce Deacon's October 2012 Training Newsletter! The work is all done, and now is the time to reap the rewards. Put your best foot forward by going in well rested and recovered. Now is NOT the time for an extra jolt of training. When the gun goes off, there will be an urge to charge off empowered with a big surge of adrenaline. But that isn't the best strategy. Read the article to help make a successful racing plan.
  • Sept 28, 2012
  • Sept 27, 2012
    • Check out Part 4 of Louise Hodgson-Jones' - Running Through History Blog is up! She starts at the 16.5K mark.
    • Information on Race Package Pickup.
    • We are still taking registrations for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon. Register today!
    • Volunteers! We need you! We are still looking to fill some important volunteer positions on Race Weekend. Apply today to be a part of our wonderful Volunteer Crew!
  • Sept 26, 2012
  • Sept 25, 2012
    • MEDIA RELEASE: London Olympians Headline GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Speaker Series. (Victoria, BC - September 25, 2012) Two-time Olympian Simon Whitfield, track cycling bronze medalist Tara Whitten, and 1500-metre runner Hilary Stellingwerff are among the speakers at the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Speaker Series, to be held on Saturday October 6 at the Marathon Race Expo. The Speaker Series runs from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm and will be held at the Victoria Conference Centre, Level 1 in the Auditorium.
  • Sept 17, 2012
    • We are still taking registrations for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon. Register today!
    • Volunteers! We need you! We are still looking to fill some important volunteer positions on Race Weekend. Apply today to be a part of our wonderful Volunteer Crew!
  • Sept 14, 2012
    • Next registration deadline - Sept 15th. Register for the best rates before midnight!
    • Training Programs by Bruce Deacon - Are you using one of the Training Programs by Bruce Deacon? We want to hear from you. Complete our survey here.
  • Sept 11, 2012
    • Part 3 of Louise Hodgson-Jones' - Running Through History Blog is up! She starts at the 10K mark. Check it out!
  • Sept 10, 2012
    • MEDIA RELEASE: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Regular Registration Deadline - September 15. The regular registration deadline for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is just five days away - on September 15. To date, over 8,100 registrations have been received for all four events - the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and the Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon. It is expected that there will be an increase in registrations over the next five days before the late registration fees apply.
  • Sept 6, 2012
  • Sept 4, 2012
    • Check out Bruce Deacon's September 2012 Training Newsletter! In no time flat, race day will be here. But it's not too late to get faster if you follow these tips. September is the month to fine tune your race day routines and strategies. Use this checklist to get you ready! Also - find past newsletters on the Training Tips page.
    • Check out Louise Hodgson-Jones's new post in Tourism Victoria's Going Local Blog: Running Through History - Part 2! Where were we? Exploring the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon course, and enjoying the history and scenery as we run along. With five kilometres down, we now look forward to some spectacular scenery and vast ocean views. But first we get intimate with Beacon Hill Park. From Heywood Avenue we turn left onto Southgate Street and then left again onto Arbutus Way and into the park. Officially established as a park in 1882, the 200 acres houses beautiful lawns, native trees and abundant wildlife including many different species of ducks, Bald Eagles and Great Blue Herons. Peacocks strut around the park as if they own it, and think they have the right of way on the road and meandering pathways. And why shouldn-t they? That is the charm of Beacon Hill Park.
  • August 28, 2012
    • Wanted - Race Weekend Volunteers! Many positions are available both off and on the course. A race of this size requires hundreds of volunteers to continue to operate smoothly. Apply today!
  • August 21, 2012
    • Make Your Next Challenge Count! Did you know we have 20 charities in the Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program and four Official Charities? www.runvictoriamarathon.com/cpp

  • August 14, 2012
    • Check out Louise Hodgson-Jones's new post in Tourism Victoria's Going Local Blog: Running Through History - Part 1! It's been called the most scenic marathon in Western Canada, but the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, Sunday October 7, offers more than dramatic ocean views. The route runs through much of Victoria's history, through historic neighbourhoods, each with their own unique culture and heritage. Those participants running the Marathon, Half Marathon or 8K are probably not focused on their surroundings and the landmarks they are passing-why should they? They each have their own goals whether to finish or to set a personal best. With that in mind, I thought it would be a fun idea to break down the Marathon into segments and explain what 12,000 participants every year, are actually running by and through.
  • August 9, 2012
  • July 23, 2012
    • MEDIA RELEASE: Victoria Marathon Modifies Elite Qualifying Standards (Victoria, BC - July 23, 2012). The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon has modified its Qualifying Standards for elite athletes in the Marathon and Half Marathon, to encourage more local and North American runners to apply. These new standards will be in effect for the event this year, which takes place on Sunday, October 7, 2012. In addition, course record bonuses will be extended to include Permanent Residents and Refugees - in prior years only Canadian Citizens were eligible.
  • July 17, 2012
    • Carbo Gala Dinner tickets still available and the menu has been posted. Book with your registration or add a ticket online if you have already registered.
    • Volunteers! Over 1500 volunteers help make Race Weekend possible. Join our volunteer crew - Register Today!
    • Book Your Accommodation Now Check out Special Rates Offered by our Hotel Partners!
    • Shuttles! ITT Wilson Tours has partnered with us to offer you a green transportation alternative. Save $$ by walking on the ferry from the Tsawwassen terminal and taking a shuttle from Swartz Bay to the Victoria Conference Centre.
      1. Book Online at ITT Wilson Tours - Victoria Marathon Bus. $12 plus tax per person each way.
      2. Saturday, Oct 6, 2012
        1. Departs Swartz Bay terminal to Victoria Conference Centre at 10:40am (from the 9:00am Tsawwassen ferry). Book Online.
        2. Departs Swartz Bay terminal to Victoria Conference Centre at 12:40pm (from the 11:00am Tsawwassen ferry). Book Online.
      3. Sunday, Oct 7, 2012
        1. Departs Victoria Conference Centre at 1:30pm (for the 3:00pm departure at Swartz Bay terminal). Book Online.
        2. Departs Victoria Conference Centre at 3:30pm (for the 5:00pm departure at Swartz Bay terminal). Book Online.
  • July 14, 2012
  • July 13, 2012
  • July 12, 2012
  • July 11, 2012
    • MEDIA RELEASE: Victoria Marathon Early Bird Deadline Ends July 15. (Victoria, BC - July 11, 2012) The early bird registration deadline for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is just days away - on July 15. To date over 4,300 registrations have been received for all four events - the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and the Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon. It is expected that there will be an increase in registrations over the next week before the regular registration fees apply.
  • June 29, 2012
  • June 7, 2012
    • MEDIA RELEASE: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon officially launches 2012 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program. (Victoria, BC - June 7, 2012) The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon 2012 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program (CPP) was officially launched today. This is the seventh year that the highly successful program has been adopted by the Marathon and 20 charities will be participating this year. Since 2006, $792,000 has been raised by the combined charities. The 2012 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 7, 2012.
  • June 6, 2012
    • Here's out June 2012 Update. Check out information on Frontrunners Footwear Victoria's running clinics and our tent sale!
  • June 4, 2012
    • MEDIA ADVISORY: The 33rd Annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon invites you to a Media Conference to officially launch the 2012 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program. Thursday, June 7, 10:00 am at Frontrunners Footwear, 1200 Vancouver Street. Meet the 20 charities that are involved in the Marathon this year, and hear how individuals can join a team and raise money for these great causes.
    • Check out Bruce Deacon's June 2012 Training Newsletter! Reaching your marathon or half marathon goals requires endurance, and nothing builds endurance like your weekly long run. Find out why long runs make you an aerobic animal, and learn some valuable tips to get the most from them.
  • June 1, 2012
  • May 14, 2012
  • May 11, 2012
    • Special Registration deadline - May 15th. Register now for the best rates!
    • Here's our May 2012 Update. Check out information about shuttles, accommodations and training programs.
  • May 7, 2012
  • April 26, 2012
  • April 11, 2012
    • Check out Bruce Deacon's April 2012 Training Newsletter! What will be your race story in 2012? Let us help you with training programs and advice so that your story has a happy ending. Tips on finding the right program will help you select which training plan is best aligned with your goals and current abilities. Learn what to do to prepare prior to the start of your program.
    • 2012 Participant Garment Artwork Announced! We are proud to have Tom Spetter returning as the artist of the 2012 artwork! Tom says, "The bear is a great protector and nurturer. Bears are generous, and extremely patient, which can be seen as a good virtue in training".
  • March 22, 2012
    • Shuttles! ITT Wilson Tours has partnered with us to offer you a green transportation alternative. Save $$ by walking on the ferry from the Tsawwassen terminal and taking a shuttle from Swartz Bay to the Victoria Conference Centre.
      • Book Online at ITT Wilson Tours - Victoria Marathon Bus. $12 plus tax per person each way.
      • Saturday, Oct 6, 2012
        • Departs Swartz Bay terminal to Victoria Conference Centre at 10:40am (from the 9:00am Tsawwassen ferry). Book Online.
        • Departs Swartz Bay terminal to Victoria Conference Centre at 12:40pm (from the 11:00am Tsawwassen ferry). Book Online.
      • Sunday, Oct 7, 2012
        • Departs Victoria Conference Centre at 1:30pm (for the 3:00pm departure at Swartz Bay terminal). Book Online.
        • Departs Victoria Conference Centre at 3:30pm (for the 5:00pm departure at Swartz Bay terminal). Book Online.
  • Feb 6, 2012
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  • Jan 23, 2012
    • 2012 Participant Garments Announced! We are proud to have New Balance returning as the official supplier of our participant garments! We've chosen some great items for the Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K Road Race. New this year: Jackets for the Marathoners!
  • Jan 10, 2012
  • Dec 7, 2011
  • Nov 23, 2011
    • BC Athletics announces BC Road Running Championships for 2012/13!
      • Marathon Championship: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, Victoria, 7 Oct 2012. The 2012 BC Road Running Championships are open to any 2012 Junior, Senior, Masters or Road & Trail members of BC Athletics.
  • Nov 17, 2011
  • Nov 16, 2011
    • MEDIA RELEASE: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Announces 2011 Charity Totals (Victoria, BC - November 16, 2011). The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon has announced its charity fundraising totals from the 2011 event. The combined total from the Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program, donations from the Victoria Marathon Society and participant donations totalled $319,500. The 2011 event was held on Sunday, October 9th.
    • 2012 Official Charity Pledge Program - If you represent a charity and would like to apply for 2011 here are the links to the Selection Criteria and Application. The deadline for submission is December 9, 2012 and our 2012 charities will be announced in February.
  • Nov 8, 2011
  • Oct 26, 2011
  • Oct 20, 2011
    • Congrats! The race is over and hopefully things have gone well. Probably by now, the excitement of the race has started to wane and you have started to think about what is next. Is there another race on the horizon? Should you take some time off? Check out Bruce Deacon's Post-Race Training Newsletter!
    • Online registration for 2012 will open mid-November 2011.
  • Oct 14, 2011
    • Results, Certificates and Photos - Our results database has been updated! Click on your name in the results to generate your finisher certificate. Click on the camera icon to view brightroom photos.
    • Three course records and eleven age class records were set in 2011. Check here for course records and results.
    • Special Advertorial Keepsake featured in the Times Colonist Newspaper on Sunday, October 16, 2011.
  • Oct 14, 2011
  • Oct 13, 2011
  • Oct 11, 2011
    • Your brightroom race portraits can be found here!
    • Finisher Certificates are available. Click on your name in the results here. Select your race and type your name or bib number into the "search" field.
    • Three New Course Records for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon - 11 Age Group Records Set. Records were shattered today at the 32nd Annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. New course records were set in both the Men's and Women's Marathon, as well as in the Women's Half Marathon. In addition, 11 age group records were set on a day that saw perfect running conditions for all 11,424 registrants.
  • Oct 9, 2011
  • Oct 7, 2011
    • MEDIA RELEASE: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Announces Strong Elite Field, Over 11,000 Registered in all Events. There will be exciting competition this year in the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. The Men's Marathon champion, Philip Samoei, is back to defend his title, as is Lisa Harvey in the Women's Half Marathon. The 8K features three-time XTERRA World Champion Melissa McQuaid and triathlete Kyle Jones. The 32nd Annual event, which takes place on Sunday, October 9, had 11,133 registrations when online registration closed at noon yesterday.
  • Oct 6, 2011
    • Best Wishes from the Victoria Marathon Society Board and GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Organizing Committee - This weekend will be one to remember. Have a great race!
    • 11,133 registrations received so far! Marathon - 2062. Half Marathon - 5930. 8K Road Race - 2527. Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon - 614.
    • Results, Certificates and Photos - Click on your name in the results to generate your finisher certificate. Click on the camera icon to view photos.
    • Timing Chips - You do not have to return your timing chip in 2011.
    • Online registration is now closed. You can still register for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon at Race Package Pickup at the Victoria Conference Centre (720 Douglas Street) on Friday, October 7 from 3:00pm-7:30pm and Saturday, October 8 from 9:00am to 6:00pm.
    • Results, Certificates and Photos - Click on your name in the results to generate your finisher certificate. Click on the camera icon to view photos.
    • Timing Chips - You do not have to return your timing chip in 2011.
    • MEDIA ADVISORY: The 32nd Annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon and Frontrunners Footwear invites you to the 'Walk of Fame Run with Bart'. Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 8:30 a.m., Frontrunners Footwear, 1200 Vancouver Street (Corner of View and Vancouver). Join Runner's World Chief Running Officer, Bart Yasso, and other recipients of the Walk of Fame, in a 5km run to Mile "0".
    • Road Closures and Parking Info.
    • Start Times - Here.
    • Frequently Asked Questions.
    • Race Maps - Marathon - Half Marathon - 8K Road Race - Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon.
    • Race results by Race Headquarters. Click here. LIVE results and extra timing splits for the Half Marathon and Marathon: Splits for 10K in both. Halfway and 30K in marathon. Start and finish in Marathon, Half and 8K.
    • View our latest (Oct 4) email update here.
  • Oct 6, 2011
    • brightroom is offering you extra savings by ordering pre-race. See the products and prices below!
      • Photo CD - $54.99 USD
      • Photo CD with Video - $64.99 USD
      • Digital Gallery Download - $54.99 USD
      • Digital Gallery Download with Video - $64.99 USD
      • Click on the link below to order products from our DISCOUNTED pre-race cart. http://www2.brightroom.com/83324
        • If this link does not work, you may access your pictures by visiting www.brightroom.com and searching for your event by name.
      • Please let your friends and fellow participants know that pictures are available by forwarding along this email or using the "send to a friend" feature inside your gallery.
        • *Video clip and associated technology is the property of brightroom Inc. and is for personal viewing only.
        • **Please be advised that all digital download products take 1-2 business days to fulfill. After your digital order has been processed you will receive an email link directing you to a website to download all of your images.
        • **Digital download products are NOT instant orders and must be processed through our system before the email link can be sent. All digital products with video will take 2-3 business days to send. All other digital products will take 1-2 business days to fulfill.
        • **Digital products are non-refundable as there is no way to return them to us. (Please see our guarantee policy under the "help" section of our website.
  • Oct 4, 2011
    • MEDIA ADVISORY: Victoria Marathon Media Conference - Friday, October 7, 2011 at Frontrunners Footwear.
    • Course Entertainment - Enjoy the Charity Cheering Zones along Dallas Road (Menzies to Government and Cook to Moss), the Uminari Taiko drumming ensemble near the Victoria Golf Club, and the Compassion Gorilla at Cattle Point. Compassion Gorilla draws on latin sounds, worldbeat grooves, dub, and many other influences to craft a full-bodied, earthy and original sound.
  • Oct 3, 2011
  • Oct 1, 2011
    • Check out Bruce Deacon-s October 2011 Training Newsletter - Avoid making those "rookie mistakes" that can cost you a personal best. Check out the list of cautions and race to your potential. Pacing is key to a great run. Coach Bruce shares his pacing secrets to help you finish strong.
  • Sept 30, 2011
  • Sept 28, 2011
    • Race Day Live Streaming Coverage (7:30am-2:00pm) - Now your friends and family from around the world can log in to www.cheknews.ca and share in your Marathon finish. Race details, like road closures, will be at your fingertips, and your friends and family will be able to watch the finish line live. After the race is wrapped up the stream will remain on the site for a week so you can go back and re-live your achievement. Thanks CHEK NEWS!
  • Sept 27, 2011
    • MEDIA RELEASE: Running Legends Headline GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Speaker Series (Victoria, BC - September 26, 2011) Bart Yasso and Kathrine Switzer will be featured speakers at the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Speaker Series, to be held on Saturday October 8 at the Marathon Race Expo. The Speaker Series runs from 10:30 am - 3:00 pm and will be held at the Victoria Conference Centre, Level 1 in the Auditorium.
  • Sept 22, 2011
    • Look Up Your Race Number - Courtesy of Race Headquarters. For participants that registered prior to Sept 12.
    • 32nd Annual Race Guide will be in Race Packages - Click here.
    • RUN WITH BART YASSO - Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 8:30 a.m. Walk of Fame Fun Run. An easy 5K run to Mile '0' in Beacon Hill Park and back with Bart. Meet at Frontrunners Footwear, 1200 Vancouver Street. No charge. Everyone welcome.
  • Sept 14, 2011
  • Sept 12, 2011
    • MEDIA RELEASE: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Regular Registration Deadline - September 15. The regular registration deadline for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is just four days away - on September 15. To date, over 8,600 registrations have been received for all four events - the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and the Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon. It is expected that there will be an increase in registrations over the next three days before the late registration fees apply.
    • Wanted - Race Weekend Volunteers! Many positions are available both off and on the course. A race of this size requires hundreds of volunteers to continue to operate smoothly. Apply today!
  • Sept 6, 2011
  • Sept 1, 2011
    • View the Start/Finish for all events on race day.
    • Wanted - Race Weekend Volunteers! Many positions are available both off and on the course. A race of this size requires hundreds of volunteers to continue to operate smoothly. Apply today!
    • Check out Bruce Deacon's September 2011 Training Newsletter - With six weeks to go, it is time to tune up your body and mind for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. See how shorter races can help you put the finishing touches on your training, while letting you rehearse racing prior to your marathon or half. Also learn how to develop the mental skills you will need come race morning. Read all about it in the September edition.
    • You can pre-order discounted video/digital products from Brightroom.com.
  • August 29, 2011
    • NEW Deadline - Name On Your Number: Get your name (or nickname) printed on your race number if you register by Sept 9! Register Today!
  • Aug 18, 2011
  • July 29, 2011
    • Check out Bruce Deacon's August 2011 Training Newsletter - It's summertime and vacations are upon us. Learn how to adjust your training to fit the demands of the holiday living. The best training tip of all time is to listen to your body's signals when the body say "no". Read all about it in the August edition. Wondering how to manage the cross training now that the training schedules are getting harder? Read some tips about prioritizing your workouts and responding to fatigue. Figure out your race pace using these methods. Don't get caught working out at too fast a pace.
  • July 28, 2011
  • July 25, 2011
    • Future Race Dates - October 7, 2012 and October 13, 2013.
    • Volunteers! Over 1500 volunteers help make Race Weekend possible. Join our volunteer crew - Register Today!
    • Your 2011 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Organizing Committee!!! Most of them anyways...Recognize anyone?
  • July 14, 2011
    • MEDIA RELEASE: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Early Bird Registration Deadline Ends July 15. The early bird registration deadline for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is just two days away - on July 15. To date, over 4,300 registrations have been received for all four events - the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and the Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon. It is expected that there will be an increase in registrations over the next two days before the regular registration fees apply.
  • July 12, 2011
  • July 11, 2011
    • Check out Bruce Deacon's July 2011 Training Newsletter - It-s summertime and vacations are upon us. Learn how to adjust your training to fit the demands of the holiday living. The best training tip of all time is to listen to your body's signals when the body say "no". Read all about it in the July edition.
  • July 8, 2011
  • July 5, 2011
    • Sports Drink Update: The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon will be providing Gu Brew Electrolyte Drink at the aid stations in 2011. Flavors will be orange and raspberry.
  • July 4, 2011
  • June 23, 2011
  • June 13, 2011
    • Check out Bruce Deacon's June 2011 Training Newsletter - With summer soon to arrive, those training runs will soon be a lot hotter and harder. Learn how to stay cool when slogging out the miles. Time to start thinking of fuelling as we increase the long runs. This month we talk about how carbs, fats and gels can keep you going.
  • June 10, 2011
    • 120 Days To Go! Register today! 4 events to choose from - Marathon, Half Marathon, 8 K Road Race, Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon!
  • June 2, 2011
    • MEDIA RELEASE - GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon launches 2011 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program. (Victoria, BC - June 2, 2011). The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon 2011 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program (CPP) was officially launched today. This is the sixth year that the highly successful program has been adopted by the Marathon and 22 charities will be participating this year. Since 2006, $612,000 has been raised by the combined charities. The 2011 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2011.
  • May 12, 2011
  • May 9, 2011
    • Check out Bruce Deacon's May 2011 Training Newsletter - Run faster with better form, a stronger core and greater overall fitness. Read all about it in the May edition.
  • May 5, 2011
    • The 2011 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon brochure is out! - Contains information about the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon.
  • May 4, 2011
  • April 15, 2011
    • 8K Road Race: NEW Parent/Child Team Category - Is your child keen to run the Kids Run but older than the 12 year old age limit? Register for the NEW Parent/Child Team category in the 8K Road Race. Children 15 and under can form a team with their parent/guardian in the 8K Road Race. This is a great next step after running in the Thrifty Foods Kids Run. Each team member runs the 8K Road Race. The two finish times are added together for a cumulative score. The top 3 fastest teams receive an award.
    • Check out Bruce Deacon's April 2011 Training Newsletter - Are you setting your goals for this year's race weekend? Make 2011 the year that you set ambitious goals. Don't settle for a goal that you know you can attain. Reach for a goal that you think you might reach if you work harder than you have in the past. This is the year to see what you really have in you. Read how you can select the right training program and stay injury free during the first month of training.
  • March 30, 2011
  • March 28, 2011
  • March 22, 2011
    • Advertising Opportunity - All runners will receive the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Race Guide which will contain essential race information, maps and articles. Advertising opportunities are available - More Info.
  • Feb 17, 2011
  • Feb 16, 2011
  • Feb 8, 2011
    • MEDIA RELEASE: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon hosts Provincial Marathon Championships for Third Consecutive Year. The 32nd Annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon will host the 2011 Provincial Marathon Championships for the third year in a row. The championships are open to junior, senior and master runners, for both men and women. The 2011 Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2011. (February 8, 2011).
    • Victoria Marathon To Host 2011 BC Marathon Championships - More Information from BC Athletics.
    • Through the Sporting Life on the Coast program, BC Ferries and Sport BC will assist with ferry travel costs for athletes participating in the BC Championships - More information. Applications for travel assistance must be received at least two weeks before the Championship. Due to overwhelming demand, Sport BC may not be able to accept all applications.
  • Jan 24, 2011
    • MEDIA RELEASE: Victoria Marathon Society Announces Results of Economic Impact Analysis. The Victoria Marathon Society has announced the results from its Economic Impact Analysis on the 2010 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. The event, which took place on Sunday, October 10, 2010, created a total economic impact on marathon weekend of $7.1 million. (January 24, 2011)
  • Jan 19, 2011
  • Jan 17, 2011
    • Best Marathon Western Canada - GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon! Get Out There Magazine announced the winners for their 6th annual 2010 Readers' Choice Awards and we made the list! Their annual Readers- Choice Awards recognize the people, places and organizations that make active living in Canada so great. Readers were invited to vote in over 30 categories, including: best marathon, best yoga studio, best event t-shirt, best place to watch the Tour de France, and more. Winners are determined by the highest number of reader votes cast in each category. In 2010 a record 1,621 readers cast votes, compared to 498 votes in 2009. Complete results of the 2010 Readers' Choice Awards have been published in the February issue of Get Out There Magazine, which hits the streets February 1st.
  • Jan 4, 2011
    • Happy New Year from the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon!
    • Our first Registration Deadline is May 15, 2010. Register before then for the best rates.
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  • Nov 29, 2010
  • Nov 28, 2010
  • Nov 8, 2010
  • Nov 4, 2010
    • MEDIA RELEASE - Record fundraising year for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon (Victoria, BC - November 4, 2010). The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon raised a record amount for charities this year. The combined total from the Charity Pledge Program, donations from the Victoria Marathon Society and participant donations is over $470,000. The 2010 event, which also had a record number of participants, was held on October 10th. (Media Release PDF)
    • Check out race weekend videos by GLSP (Great Lakes Sports Publications - Jennie McCafferty and her crew). Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race, Marathon start, Half Marathon start, Carbo Gala Dinner and much MORE! http://runningcanada.tv/2010victoria/
    • Gerry Etcheverry
  • Nov 3, 2010
    • Online registration for the 2011 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon will open on Monday, November 8 at 12:00 noon (PST).
  • Oct 25, 2010
    • 2011 Official Charity Pledge Program - If you represent a charity and would like to apply for 2011 here are the links to the Selection Criteria and Application. The deadline for submission is November 30, 2010 and our 2011 charities will be announced in February.
    • Registration for 2011 slated to open in early November 2010 - Stay tuned!
  • Oct 15, 2010
    • Nine age class records were set in 2010 - Three in the Marathon, four in the Half Marathon and two in the 8K Road Race. Course records and results.
  • Oct 14, 2010
    • BC Marathon Championships - The provincial Marathon road running championship was incorporated into the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon, hosted by the Victoria Marathon Society, and was open to any 2010 competitive athlete member of BC Athletics. The Championship winners were Kevin O'Connor and Suzanne Evans!
    • Post Race Survey - Complete our post-race survey through Events Online to be eligible for two complimentary entries to the 2011 race - Sunday, October 9, 2011. We value your feedback and will use the information to improve the event in future years.
  • Oct 13, 2010 - Videos

  • Oct 12, 2010 - Videos
  • Oct 10, 2010
    • Overall Results - By Race Headquarters.
    • MEDIA RELEASE - Highlights
      • Record Registrations and Finishers
      • New World Age-Group Record
      • New BC Age-Group Record
  • Oct 9, 2010 - Videos
  • Oct 8, 2010
  • Oct 7, 2010
    • Online registration is now closed. You can still register for the Marathon, 8K Road Race and Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon at Race Package Pickup at the Victoria Conference Centre (720 Douglas Street) on Friday, October 8 from 3:00pm-7:30pm and Saturday, October 9 from 9:00am to 6:00pm. The Half Marathon is sold out. No new spots will be added.
  • Oct 5, 2010
  • Oct 4, 2010
    • Parking and Road Closures and Road Closures Media Advisory (October 4, 2010).
    • Registrations Exceed 2010 Totals - Over 13,100 registrations have been received so far exceeding last year's final total of 12,502.
    • Over 20 countries will be flocking to our beautiful City! While most of our participants are from Canada, we have participants joining us from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greenland, Honduras, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Singapore, Switzerland, Turkey, and the USA.
    • Live Streaming Video planned for Race Day thanks to UsedEverywhere.com! NEW for 2010! Live streaming video (hosted on UStream) will be featured on the homepage at www.runvictoriamarathon.com. Direct feed channel link.
    • Cheering Stations - More entertainment will be featured on course in 2010! More information on cheering station locations and entertainment here.
    • Race Maps - Marathon - Half Marathon - 8K Road Race - Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon.
    • Official Souvenir Apparel - Catch the latest fall fashions by New Balance at the Race Expo. Logo'd and commemorative pieces will be available.
  • Oct 1, 2010
  • Sept 30, 2010
  • Sept 27, 2010
  • Sept 25, 2010
    • Half Marathon - SOLD OUT! A record number of 6800 Half Marathon registrations were reached today. There are still spots left in the Marathon, 8K Road Race and Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon. Register today!
    • IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT REGISTRATION - Click here.
  • Sept 22, 2010
    • Registrations for Half Nearing Cap - 133 Half Marathon registrations left. REGISTER TODAY!
  • Sept 20, 2010
    • (Victoria, BC - September 17, 2010) - With just three weeks to go until the 31st Annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, the Half Marathon is approaching its cap of 6,800. There are 325 registrations available and it is predicted that this race will be sold out in days. Media Release (Louise Hodgson-Jones, Sep 17, 2010).
  • Sept 16, 2010
    • Total registrations so far - 11721. Marathon - 2880. Half - 6448. 8K - 2105. Kids - 289. Register today!
    • The Sept 15th deadline has passed - into crunch time now. Registrations look great! 353 spots left in the Half Marathon.
  • Sept 13, 2010
    • GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Registration Numbers Increase as Regular Registration Deadline Approaches (Victoria, BC - September 13, 2010) Registration numbers for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon continue to increase as the regular registration deadline approaches on September 15. To date over 11,000 registrations have been received for all four events - the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and the Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon, an increase of over 1,000 over the same time in 2009. It is expected that the number will increase considerably over the next two days as runners take advantage of the regular rate. Media Release (Louise Hodgson-Jones, Sep 13, 2010)
  • Sept 7, 2010
    • September Training Newsletter by Bruce Deacon.
    • View our recent email update - Aug 31, 2010.
    • Wanted - Race Weekend Volunteers! Many positions are available both off and on the course. A race of this size requires hundreds of volunteers to continue to operate smoothly. Apply today!
    • Be notified when race photos are ready - Brightroom.com
  • August 31, 2010
  • August 26, 2010
    • Mmmm Stats! Marathon - 2406. Half - 5144. 8K - 1377 and Kids - 203. Total - 9130! 1656 spots left in the Half. Register today to save your spot!
    • View the Start/Finish for all events on race day.
  • August 18, 2010
    • August Training Newsletter by Bruce Deacon.
    • Volunteers! Yes, we're still taking applications for volunteers! Join our team!
    • Next registration deadline Sept 15th (midnight PST). Register today!
    • Name On Your Number: Get your name (or nickname) printed on your race number if you register by Sept 7.
    • 8631 registrations received! Marathon - 2340. Half - 4860. 8K - 1254. Kids - 177.
  • August 13, 2010
    • Race Weekend Speakers unveiled - Jacqueline Gareau, David Patchell-Evans, Silken Laumann, Dan Hill, Paul Kennedy, Steve King, Bruce Deacon, Joe Henderson, Lucy Smith, Marilyn Arsenault, Cheryl Murphy, Suzanne Evans, Donna Spencer, and Dr. Reed Ferber will be speaking on Saturday, October 9, 2010.
  • August 3, 2010 - 67 Days Until Race Day
  • July 13, 2010
    • GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Registration Numbers up by 24% as Early Bird Registration Deadline Approaches - Registration numbers for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon are up by 24% compared to this time last year. To date over 5,500 registrations have been received for all four events - the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and the Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon - 1,100 more than 2009. With the 'early bird' deadline just two days away - on July 15 - this number is expected to increase considerably. Media Release (PDF) - Louise Hodgson-Jones, Media Liaison, July 13, 2010.
  • July 12, 2010
  • June 29, 2010
    • Prize Money for Top Canadian Marathon Winners - IMPACT MAGAZINE is proud to award $500.00 each to the top Canadian male and female winners in the Marathon.
    • Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon - Shirts revealed!
    • Book your accommodations now! New hotels have been added to our accommodations page.
  • June 16, 2010
    • Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon - Run or walk 1.2kms on its own or to complete the last stage of the Kids Marathon (tracker) program. Learn all about Kids Run and the popular activity and healthy eating tracker program here.
  • June 10, 2010
    • GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon launches 2010 Charity Pledge Program (Media Release, June 10, 2010) - The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon 2010 Charity Pledge Program (CPP) was officially launched today. This is the fifth year that the highly successful program has been adopted by the Marathon and 18 charities will be participating this year. Since 2006, $282,075 has been raised by the combined charities.



  • June 8, 2010
  • June 1, 2010
    • As always, we will continue to serve you with the same dedication, devotion and quality which you have come to expect from us. We look forward to seeing you join us on 10-10-10 and in the future. For us, it's business as usual. Same great course, fantastic New Balance technical shirts, awesome Marathon and Half Marathon finisher medals, top-notch organization, same staff and committee. We'll continue to keep you up-to-date on exciting 10-10-10 news as it unfolds.
    • New Sponsor for Victoria Marathon (Times Colonist, May 28, 2010) - After more than three decades, Victoria's annual marathon has a new name and its first-ever title sponsor. The Royal Victoria Marathon, a fixture on the national running circuit and beyond since 1980, will now be known as the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon...
    • GoodLife Fitness Named Title Sponsor Of The Victoria Marathon (Island Sports Network, May 28, 2010)
  • May 27, 2010
    • GoodLife Fitness named Title Sponsor of the Victoria Marathon - The Victoria Marathon Society today announced that the Royal Victoria Marathon has secured a Title Sponsor. GoodLife Fitness has acquired the title rights for three years to cover the 2010, 2011 and 2012 events. The Royal Victoria Marathon will now be known as the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. Media Release (PDF) - Louise Hodgson-Jones, Media Liaison, May 27, 2010.
    • New website address - www.runvictoriamarathon.com
    • View our recent email update - May 27, 2010.
  • May 18, 2010
    • Registrations were up 61% at the May 15th deadline. Next registration deadline is July 15, 2010.
    • Upgrade Your Registration. Look under Registration Changes on the Register Page.
    • Team Confirmation Page
  • May 14, 2010
  • May 10, 2010 - 152 Days to Go!
  • April 9, 2010
    • Customize The Name/Nickname On Your Race Number - Register Online by Sept 7.
    • Race Weekend Accommodation - Check out Special rates offered by our Hotel Partners.
    • Sponsorship Opportunities - The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon has many sponsor opportunities for businesses and services. From Official Supplier level to Bronze, Silver and Gold we have many options available for companies wanting to be associated with one of North America's most popular destination marathons. For more information, contact Louise Hodgson-Jones at sponsors@runvictoriamarathon.com
    • Exhibitor Opportunities - The Victoria Marathon Race Expo hosts over 40 exhibitors from Oct 8-10, 2010 at the Victoria Conference Centre. Join us on Race Weekend!
  • March 29, 2010
  • March 16, 2010
    • Advertising Opportunity - All runners will receive the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Race Guide which will contain essential race information, maps and articles. Advertising opportunities are available - More Info.
  • March 15, 2010
  • March 11, 2010
  • March 3, 2010
    • Listed by iRun Magazine as the "Most Regal Race". The Royal Victoria Marathon (October 10) will dazzle you with a trip through the quaint town, almost constant views of the ocean, and handshake from the race organizer at the finish. The stately city's namesake, Queen Victoria, showed endurance befitting a marathoner as she ruled for over 63 years. If ten is your lucky number this year's race on 10-10-10 is a once in a lifetime bonus. In truly regal style, celebrate your accomplishment with a traditional English high tea at the historic Fairmont Empress hotel!
  • January 18, 2010
    • Victoria Marathon To Host 2010 BC Marathon Championships - Media Release (Louise Hodgson-Jones, Media Liaison, January 18, 2010)
    • More Information from BC Athletics.
    • Through the Sporting Life on the Coast program, BC Ferries and Sport BC will assist with ferry travel costs for athletes participating in the BC Championships - More information.
  • January 8, 2010
    • MarathonGuide.com
      • Royal Victoria Marathon Ranks #1 in Canada for Most Boston Marathon Qualifiers - According to Marathonguide.com, the 2009 Royal Victoria Marathon was the top Canadian race qualifying 584 out of 2571 people for the Boston Marathon.
      • Royal Victoria Marathon Ranks #2 in Canada of Top Boston Marathon Qualifying Races - The Royal Victoria Marathon had the second highest Canadian percentage of Boston qualifying finishers in 2009 with 23.4%. MarathonGuide.com, a key reference for marathoning in North America, says that the courses on its 2009 list 'will undoubtedly be among those ranked the fastest of all courses'.
  • January 7, 2010
    • Northwest On The Run - Spotlight: Victoria, BC
      • Racing in Canada's finest and fittest city - Part Two (Dec 2009)
      • Canada's finest and fittest city is a scenic and supreme running destination - Part One (Nov 2009)
        • Both articles used with permission of Northwest Runner magazine and Craig Romano, Northwest Runner columnist and Outdoor Guidebook Author, wwwCraigRomano.com
  • January 1, 2010
  • December 2, 2009
  • November 3, 2009
  • November 2, 2009
  • October 26, 2009
    • RUN VICTORIA - 10.10.10. Online registration for 2010 will open in November 2009. Stay tuned!
  • October 19, 2009
  • October 14, 2009
  • RACE WEEKEND MEDIA COVERAGE
  • October 11, 2009
  • October 9, 2009
    • Best Wishes from the RVM Board and Organizing Committee - This weekend will be one to remember. Have a great race!
    • RVM Race Expo and Package Pickup starts at 3:00pm on Friday, October 9.
    • Thrifty Foods Kids Marathon - Kids Run - Less than 200 spots left.
    • 30 Years of Marathon Results - We've scanned the 1980-1995 results that were in the archives and posted them here.
    • Press Release - RVM features its strongest ever Elite field (Louise Hodgson-Jones, RVM Media Liaison, October 9, 2009)
  • October 7, 2009
    • Race Numbers - Numbers for the Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K Road Race are posted here for those registered up to midnight on Sat, Oct 3. Participants registering Oct 4 to 8 will be able to view their race number at Race Package Pickup. Can't find your name? Check here.
    • Be notified when race photos are ready - Brightroom.com
    • Race Results - Check here on Sunday, October 11 for 2009 race results.
  • October 6, 2009
    • Thrifty Foods Kids Marathon - Kids Run - 283 spots left. Don't wait until Race Weekend to register. Online registration closes at 12noon on Thursday, October 8.
    • RVM Race Package Pickup Location and Times - Click here.
    • IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT REGISTRATION - Click here.
    • RVM Race Expo and Awards Ceremonies - Free and Open to the Public.
    • Road Closures, Resident's Notice and Parking Information - Click here.
  • October 5, 2009
  • September 25, 2009
    • Royal Victoria 8K Road Race - 380 spots remain - Don't wait to register on Race Weekend!
    • Royal Victoria Marathon - 1035 spots left.
    • Thrifty Foods Kids Marathon-Kids Run - 500 spots remain.
  • September 10, 2009
    • Media Release - Royal Victoria Half Marathon Reaches Cap (Louise Hodgson-Jones, RVM Media Liaison, Sep 10, 2009)
    • Royal Victoria Half Marathon - SOLD OUT! A record number of 5400 Half Marathon registrations were reached today. There are still spots left on the Marathon, 8K Road Race and Thrifty Foods Kids Marathon-Kids Run. Register today!
  • September 9, 2009
    • Royal Victoria Half Marathon - 112 registrations left. Register today to avoid disappointment. The registration cap is 5400.
  • August 27, 2009
  • August 7, 2009
    • Confirm Your Registration here.
    • Wanted - Race Weekend Volunteers! Many positions are available both off and on the course. A race of this size requires hundreds of volunteers to continue to operate smoothly. Apply today!
    • Exhibitor Opportunities at the RVM Race Expo are available.
  • July 27, 2009
  • July 21, 2009
  • July 17, 2009
  • Celebrate Our 30th Anniversary - Sunday, October 11, 2009!
  • July 13, 2009
    • Early Bird Registration Deadline - July 15th approaches. The Half Marathon is 50% full with 2,500 registrations so far.
    • Updated information on our Speaker Series - Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10, 2009
    • View our recent email update - July 10, 2009
    • RVM Numbers Increase By 50% (Louise Hodgson-Jones, RVM Media Liaison, July 10, 2009)
  • July 8, 2009
  • July 2, 2009
  • June 18, 2009
  • May 21, 2009
    • Eleven Charities Join the 2009 Royal Victoria Marathon Charity Pledge Program (May 21, 2009, Media Release)
    • Marathon/Half Marathon Training Clinics hosted by Frontrunners Footwear Victoria (1200 Vancouver Street) - start June 13, 2009. More info.
  • May 12, 2009
  • May 8, 2009
    • First Registration Deadline Approaching - May 15, 2009. Register early!
    • Customize The Name On Your Race Number - Register Online by September 8.
    • RVM Ranks 2nd in Canada of top Boston Marathon Qualifying Races - According to Marathonguide.com, the Royal Victoria Marathon had the second highest Canadian percentage of Boston qualifying finishers in 2008 with 24.9%. The site, a key reference for marathoning in North America, says that the courses on its 2008 list 'will undoubtedly be among those ranked the fastest of all courses'. 496 RVM finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon last year. For more information visit: MarathonGuide.com
    • Race Weekend Accommodation - Check out Special RVM rates offered by our Hotel Partners.
    • 30th Anniversary Sponsorship Opportunities - The Royal Victoria Marathon has many sponsor opportunities for businesses and services. From Official Supplier level to Bronze, Silver and Gold we have many options available for companies wanting to be associated with one of North America-s most popular destination marathons. For more information, contact Louise Hodgson-Jones at sponsors@runvictoriamarathon.com
  • Apr 8, 2009
  • Mar 11, 2009
  • Nov 26, 2008
    Online registration is open!. Race limits are in effect:
    • Marathon (Early and Main Start) - 4000
    • Half Marathon - 5000
    • 8K Road Race - 2500
    • Thrifty Foods Kids Run - 1000
  • Nov 4, 2008
    Win a free 2009 race entry by completing our post-race survey! Two random entries will be awarded.

    Watch "A" TV clips of Race Weekend coverage!
  • Oct 27, 2008
    Records Set at the 29th Annual Royal Victoria Marathon (Louise Hodgson-Jones, RVM Media Liaison, October 12, 2008)
  • Oct 21, 2008
    Results - Course Records have been updated.
    Photos - Brightroom photos are posted!
  • Oct 14, 2008
    After The Race - Training Tips (by Bruce Deacon)
    Results - Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race, Wheelchairs, Teams, Age Groups.
    Timing Chips - Still Have Your Timing Chip After the Race?
  • 80-Year-Old Runner Sets Marathon Record - North Vancouver Woman Sets Sights On Upcoming Races in Hawaii, New York
    Betty Jean McHugh set a world record Sunday at the 29th Royal Victoria Marathon -- and that's not even the most interesting part of her story-
  • Marathon draws record number of racers - Steve Osaduik wins race for third straight year
    Maybe it was the special pre-race screening of the acclaimed documentary Spirit of the Marathon that inspired them-
  • Courtenay Doctor Runs 200th Marathon
    Tucked into the field for today's 29th Royal Victoria Marathon was a Courtenay physician whose race number had special significance. Dr. Janet Green, wearing No. 200, was also taking on the 42.2-kilometre marathon distance for the 200th time-
  • 29th Annual Royal Victoria Marathon Breaks Records - World and Course Records Set
    Today-s 29th Annual Royal Victoria Marathon held under unseasonably warm, sunny skies saw Steve Osaduik win his third successive men-s marathon title and witnessed a new World Record in the women-s 80+ category-
  • Race Brings Thousands To Streets Of Victoria
    The social and financial benefits to the community from events such as tomorrow's Royal Victoria Marathon far outweigh the inconvenience of short term road closures, according to veteran runner Dick Beardsley...
  • Elite Runners Continue To Amaze
    Any city worthy of being called a city seems to have one. Victoria's goes this morning. Annual marathons have become part of the urban fabric, if only for one weekend a year, in cities across North America-
  • Try This: Juggling While Running The Marathon - Toronto Native Will "Joggle" Through Victoria Marathon
    As if running a marathon isn't tough enough, Michal Kapral of Toronto has flown into Victoria to run while juggling the entire route of the 29th annual Royal Victoria Marathon-
  • Oct 8, 2008
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    Sign up to be notified about race photos
    Join the KOOL Volunteer Crew! Volunteer opportunities are available on race weekend.
  • Oct 3, 2008
    Updated Road Closures information
    Marathon -Maniac- (Jon Mahoney) to run his 300th Marathon in Victoria (Oct 3, 2008)
    World Marathon Record Holder (BJ McHugh) aims to set new W80+ record at the Royal Victoria Marathon (Oct 2, 2008)
    Elite Runners Confirmed at the RVM
  • Sept 25, 2008
    Register until October 11 - Deadlines are approaching
    Registration changes - Downgrade to a shorter race, upgrade to a longer race or make changes your registration information at the Race Package Pickup at the Victoria Conference Centre on Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11.
    Confirm Your Registration - Visit the confirmation page
    Resend Your Registration Confirmation Email - Via Events Online
    RVM Race Expo Exhibitors - Check it out!
    Updated Course Maps - Marathon, Half Marathon, and 8K Road Race
  • Sept 22, 2008
    Sept Training Newsletter - Rehearsing For The Big Day plus Training Smarts for the Next 6 Weeks.
    Join the KOOL Volunteer Crew! Volunteer opportunities are available on race weekend. Apply today! Our Volunteer Training night is on Monday, October 6, 2008.
    RVM Speaker Series - Special speakers on race weekend include Dick Beardsley, Michal Kapral, Lucy Smith, Steve King and Simon Whitfield.
    Photos of the Race Route
  • Sept 17, 2008
    Recent email updates have been added.
    September 12, 2008 Update
    July 11, 2008 Update
  • July 10, 2008
    Early Bird Registration Deadline - July 15, 2008.
    Thrifty Foods Kids Run Tracker - Kids! Track your activity, nutrition and reading leading up to race day.
    July Training Newsletter - Beat the heat! Listen to your body.
    Travelling to Canada by land, sea or air? Passport Info courtesy of Tourism Victoria.
    Join the KOOL Volunteer Crew! Volunteer opportunities are available on race weekend.
    Elite Athletes Applications - Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K Road Race.
    Sponsor Opportunities are available. Contact us today!
    Event Caps - 8K Road Race (2,500) and Thrifty Foods Kids Run (1,000). Register today!
  • RVM Ranks 4th in Canada of top Boston Marathon Qualifying Races
    According to Marathonguide.com, the Royal Victoria Marathon had the fourth highest Canadian percentage of Boston qualifying finishers in 2007 with 21.1%. The site, a key reference for marathoning in North America, says that the courses on its 2007 list -will undoubtedly be among those ranked the fastest of all courses-. 406 RVM finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon last year.

    For more information visit: www.marathonguide.com/races/BostonMarathonQualifyingRaces.cfm
  • June 6, 2008
    Facebook Community - Search for '2008 Royal Victoria Marathon' and join us on the road to October 12. Tell us you're coming and invite friends!
    Charity Pledge Program
    Training Newsletters
    Training Programs and Clinics
    Teams - Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K
  • July 10, 2008
    Early Bird Registration Deadline - July 15, 2008.
    Thrifty Foods Kids Run Tracker - Kids! Track your activity, nutrition and reading leading up to race day.
    July Training Newsletter - Beat the heat! Listen to your body.
    Travelling to Canada by land, sea or air?
    Passport Info courtesy of Tourism Victoria.
    Join the KOOL Volunteer Crew! Volunteer opportunities are available on race weekend.
    Elite Athlete Applications - Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K Road Race.
    Sponsor Opportunities are available. Contact us today!
    Event Caps - 8K Road Race (2,500) and Thrifty Foods Kids Run (1,000). Register today!

  • July 10, 2008
    RVM Ranks 4th in Canada of top Boston Marathon Qualifying Races
    According to Marathonguide.com, the Royal Victoria Marathon had the fourth highest Canadian percentage of Boston qualifying finishers in 2007 with 21.1%. The site, a key reference for marathoning in North America, says that the courses on its 2007 list -will undoubtedly be among those ranked the fastest of all courses-. 406 RVM finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon last year.
    For more information visit: http://www.marathonguide.com/races/BostonMarathonQualifyingRaces.cfm

  • June 6, 2008
    Facebook Community - Search for -2008 Royal Victoria Marathon- and join us on the road to October 12. Tell us you-re coming and invite friends!
    Charity Pledge Program
    Training Newsletters
    Training Programs and Clinics
    Teams - Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K
  • May 29, 2008
    Jon Brown joins the Royal Victoria Marathon Board of Directors
    Two-time Olympian Jon Brown has joined the Victoria Marathon Society's Executive Board as Director, to assist in the planning and direction of the 2008 and 2009 Royal Victoria Marathon...

  • May 9, 2008
    Special Early Bird Deadline - May 15, 2008
    Register by May 15th for a chance to win a gift certificate for 2 nights accommodation (for two) at The Fairmont Empress!
    View Our Latest Email Update

  • October 7, 2007
    Victoria Athletes Shine At 28th Annual RVM
    Today's 28th Royal Victoria Marathon was a showcase for Victoria-based athletes as well as proving that the Masters field is one of the fastest in the country...
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