Race Weekend

Race Weekend

Race Weekend

Package Pick-Up

Race Packages may be picked up from the Victoria Marathon Race Expo at the Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC on:

  • Friday, October 5, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 6, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, October 7. There is NO Day-Of-Race registration.

Limited package pick-up (race number and timing device only) is available to pre-registered, out-of-town entrants (Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K Road Race only) on Race Day at the corner of Belleville and Government Streets next to the Gear Check Tents from 6:00 a m – 8:30 am.

Pre-registered participants can check to see if there are any shirts left at Shirt Swap at the Victoria Conference Centre on Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (while sizes last). Bring your race number with you.

Local residents will not be able to pick up packages on Race Day.

Note: For the out of town package pickup participants and/or those who have decided not to run but would still like to pick up their shirt, can do so on Sunday prior to 2:00 pm. After 2:00 on Sunday there is no shirt pickup and shirts will not be mailed out. Shirts are on first come first served basis on Sunday. Your bib number is required for Race Package Pickup.

There is no “team” package pick-up so each participant must arrange to have their package picked up at Race Package Pick-Up.

Thrifty Foods Kids Run participants pick up their race packages in the main Expo area. Please see the Kids Run page for more information on school team package pickup. Kids Run race packages are not available on Race Day.

Package Pick-up Tips

  • Find your number prior to coming to race package pickup – Link will be here closer to race day
  • Pick up your Race Number with Timing Tag.
  • Check your chip and familiarize yourself with the instructions for affixing and returning.
  • Pick up your Race Package (this includes sponsor products, maps and final instructions) and shirt.
  • Pre-purchased Carbo Gala Dinner and Bus Tour tickets will be available for pickup at the Tickets Kiosk on Level 2 of the Victoria Conference Centre. Please bring your race number with you.
  • Arrive prior to the Expo closing (Saturday at 6:00 p.m.) to pick up the size you requested when you registered.

All runners will receive the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Race Guide which will contain essential race information, maps and articles!

Race Expo

On October 5-7, 2018, the Race Expo takes place at the Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street. Exhibitors will be open at the same time as Race Package Pickup and on Sunday during the awards. The Speaker Series will be held in the Expo Theatre on Saturday afternoon.

The Expo is FREE and open to the public. 
Come visit over 40 exhibitors featuring sponsors, souvenirs, merchandise, running apparel and accessories, nutritional and fitness products, samples, interactive displays, and much more.

Exhibitors

See below for list of all our 2018 Exhibitors:

New Balance
GoodLife Fitness
365 Day Media Group
BC Athletics
Bracelayer
Ceevacs
Elite Sportswear
Encompass Health and Wellness
Endur
Freshii
Funtastic Activewear
KidSport
Navy Run
Nepal Trail Race
NODM
Nomad
NUUN
Oak Bay Half/Bear Mtn 10k
Oasis Juice
PIH
Planet Foods
Purica
Russell Books
Shoppers Home Health Care
Super Pacers
Team Sales
The Agency
The Stick
TriStars
Univera Canada

Speakers and Panels
All speaker sessions held at the Victoria Conference Centre, Level 2 in the Expo area.

Bus Tours
This is a great way to check out your race route!  Bus tours depart from the Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street. Pre-purchased tickets will be available at the Tickets Kiosk on Level 2 of the Victoria Conference Centre. Please bring your race number with you. Purchase your tickets online during registration.

Pre-Race Massage
Need a massage before your run? We will have massages happening at the Race Expo. Massage – $20 for 15 minutes.

Carbo Gala Dinner
Our Carbo Gala often sells out, so book your ticket while you register! The event has great speakers and the perfect pre-race meal. Saturday, October 6th, 6:30 p.m.  Crystal Ballroom, The Fairmont Empress. 721 Government Street.

Speaker Series

The Speaker Series will take place at the Victoria Conference Centre all day Saturday. Open to the general public, this is a great opportunity to hear some amazing speakers providing you with inspiration, education and more!

The Speaker Series is emceed by Rod McCrimmon. See below for our outstanding list of speakers

Saturday, October 6

All speaker sessions held in the Victoria Conference Centre, Carson Hall (Race Expo)
Emcee: Rod McCrimmon

10:00 a.m. The Ins and Outs on Race Day: run your best race by knowing what to expect on the course General Manager, Cathy Noel and VMS Director, Rob Reid
Cathy and Rob offer tips and answer questions in this Q & A session.

11:00 a.m. Fitting healthy fats into your marathon training Mike Haddow, Nutrition Expert and Personal Trainer, GoodLife Fitness.
Fueling the body with healthy fats while training leads to an optimal performance on race day. Mike Haddow will explain the physiology of training in a fat-burning zone to improve fat metabolization capabilities during high glycolytic exercise. He will also discuss the long-term effects of consuming large quantities of simple carbohydrates as a sole energy source for endurance training. Mike is a level 3 PT with GoodLife and the personal trainer/chef to David Patchell-Evans and Silken Laumenn.

12:00 p.m. Ignoring the Impossible Dane Rauschenberg, extreme athlete who ran 52 marathons in 52 weekends with a 3:21 average.
To race a marathon, or to cover long distances in fast times, we are told rest and recovery are as key to our training as the running itself. Dane Rauschenberg, just after running for two years, and not knowing he had Gilbert’s Syndrome, a liver disorder which limits recovery from strenuous activity, decided to turn that logic on its head in 2006. Since then he has been doing it time and time again in events worldwide. Listen to how a one-time 235lb collegiate rugby player and former golden Gloves boxer shows us all how to push our own boundaries as far as possible.

1:00 p.m. In a world of their own World Championship Ultra Marathoner Catrin Jones, Olympic Swimming Medallist Ryan Cochrane, Xterra/Multisport Cross World Champion Melanie McQuaid, and Olympic Race Walker Evan Dunfee What does it take to be an endurance athlete at the elite level? What are the differences and similarities in training and racing different sports? Race announcer Steve King emcees a multi-disciplined panel of local elite athletes. Featuring Catrin Jones, 2013 and 2010 winner of the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon and bronze medalist in the 2015 Doha 50K World Championships; swimmer Ryan Cochrane, Olympic and World Championship silver medalist and Commonwealth and Pan American gold medalist; Melanie McQuaid, three-time Xterra World Champion/two-time Multisport/Cross World Champion/six-time Half Ironman Champion, and Evan Dunfee, Gold Medalist in the 20km walk at the 2015 Pan American Games, and 4th in the 50km at the 2016 Olympic Games.

2:00 p.m. Adjusting goals and getting back to competition, Jen Segger, extreme adventure racer, endurance coach, holistic sport nutritionist and mom
Fifteen years ago when the world of adventure racing reached its zenith Jen Segger started her journey as a distance runner. Joining Salomon Running, she ran some of the world’s most challenging ultras amongst the world’s best runners for over ten years.  She has adventured, raced and coached around the world in some of the harshest and most challenging environments.  She holds the female record for the 47Km Juan de Fuca (West Coast) Trail and this year won the four-day Mayan Mountain Adventure Race and the three-day Japan Adventure Race. Jen is a mom to an adventurous five-year-old boy who has spent most of his life accompanying mom around the world at epics and challenges. From elite athlete to becoming a mom and returning to athletics and competition, Jen will explain how she has adjusted her goals, training and mindset and embraced a new chapter in her life.

Live Tracker

The 2018 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K Road Race will feature the latest in real-time race tracking by providing Live Results via our timing partner, Race Day Timing Services.

You can download the app now, and the as of NOON on Friday you can find your athlete.  CLICK HERE

Features Include:

  • Live Web Tracker – See times and current pace within seconds of a participant crossing each split point. Estimated times will be provided based on current pace.
  • Live Leaderboard – See who is winning via the Live Leaderboard. Top runners in each category will be displayed in real-time as they lead the way through the course.
  • Live Map Tracking – Participant locations will be plotted on the interactive course map as progress is made on course. The position of each participant is estimated based on the most recent timing received from the bib read. NOTE: Participants do not need to carry their phones for this feature to work.
  • NOTE: Times posted during the event are unofficial. Official results are posted upon completion of the event.

Race Day – Sunday, October 7, 2018

  • The 2018 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, Half Marathon, & 8K Road Race Live Results will be available via the web on race day. A link will be posted here the week of the event. Participants, family & friends can all use Live Results to share in the excitement. On race day, spectators can get status of participants in real-time using the Live Tracker & Leaderboard. Details such as time, pace, position on the map and estimated finish will be instantly available!

Click here for the app login. The athlete data will be downloaded at NOON on Friday, October 5.

Live Tracker

Live Streaming on CHEK

CHEK News will be at the finish line again this year making sure you can watch your favourite racer(s) as they complete their race!

We will post the live streaming link on race day.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, October 5, 2018

EventDetailsTime
Press ConferenceVictoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street, Level 2. Meet elite athletes, sponsors and charities, and help kick off Race Weekend!10:30am
Victoria Marathon Race Expo, Race Package Pickup and Late RegistrationVictoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street, Level 212:00pm - 6:00pm
Pre-Race MassageVictoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street, Level 2, Expo Area. $20 for 15 minutes. A limited number of pre-race massages will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Race Expo.2:00pm - 6:00pm

Saturday, October 6, 2018

EventDetailsTime
Run with Rob Reid from
Frontrunners Footwear
Run with Rob Reid from Frontrunners Footwear, 1200 Vancouver Street. Enjoy a shake-out run to the Terry Fox statue and back.8:00am
Victoria Marathon Race Expo, Race Package Pickup and Late RegistrationVictoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street, Level 29:00am - 6:00pm
Pre-Race MassageVictoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street, Level 2, Expo Area. $20 for 15 minutes. A limited number of pre-race massages will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Race Expo.9:00am - 6:00pm
Speaker Series - FREEVictoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street, Level 2, Expo Area.10:00am - 3:00pm
Bus Tours of the Marathon Route
(includes Half Marathon route)
Departs from the Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street. Duration: 2hrs – 2hr 15min. Tickets: $10. Available for purchase with your registration or at the Tickets Kiosk at the Victoria Marathon Race Expo.10:30am and 1:30pm
Carbo Gala DinnerFairmont Empress Hotel, Crystal Ballroom, 721 Government Street. Join us for a spectacular pre-race buffet dinner. Special Address: To be confirmed.

Tickets: $45 per person (children also need a ticket). Available for purchase with your registration or at the Tickets Kiosk at the Victoria Marathon Race Expo (Level 2 at the Victoria Conference Centre) (limited availability). Great draw prizes! Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Dinner – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
6:30pm

Sunday, October 7, 2018

EventDetailsTime
Racing EventsSee course information page for Race Day events and times
Victoria Marathon Race Expo and Awards Ceremonies8K Road Race11:00am
Half Marathon12:00pm
Marathon1:00pm
Post-Race MassageVictoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street, Level 2. Massage – $20 for 15 minutes.

Book with your registration or check at the Victoria Marathon Race Expo.

Please note: Space is not guaranteed to participants registering on race weekend. After you finish your race and collect your post-race refreshments, check in at the Massage Desk on Level 2 at the Victoria Marathon Race Expo with your race number. Pre-registered participants will be treated in order of arrival.
9:00am - 2:00pm