Race Day

WEEKEND WEATHER

The average high temperature on race day is 14°C, or 57°F. Typically it will be between 6°C and 10°C at 8:45 a.m. when the marathon starts. Rain is unlikely, but not out of the question, so be prepared in the event of showers. Connect to The Weather Network.

CAN I TRANSFER MY RACE ENTRY?

A person running in your place with a different gender or a different age group can lead to errors in the results, and deny legitimate winners of their justly won prizes. Also, in the event of an accident or medical condition, wrong information may have serious consequences. If you are unable to run, you can still pickup your race shirt (if you registered prior to posted deadlines), at package pickup times posted on the Register page. Note: there is no post-race shirt pick-up. Entries are not transferable.

OUT-OF-TOWN PACKAGE PICKUP

  • Limited package pick-up (race number and timing chip) is available only to pre-registered, out-of-town entrants on race day at the Information Tent on Government Street (next to the Gear Check Tents) on the lawns of the BC Legislative Buildings from 6:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
  • Pick-up is not available to local residents on race day.

START TIMES

  • 6:30 a.m. - Marathon Early Start (Time Limit: 5:30-7 Hours), Menzies at Kingston.
  • 7:10 a.m. - 8K Road Race Wheelchair and Visually Impaired Start, Belleville between Menzies and Oswego.
  • 7:15 a.m. - 8K Road Race Start, Belleville between Menzies and Oswego.
  • 7:25 a.m. - Half Marathon Wheelchair and Visually Impaired Start, Menzies at Kingston.
  • 7:30 a.m. - Half Marathon Start, Menzies at Kingston.
  • 8:40 a.m. - Marathon Wheelchair and Visually Impaired Start (Time Limit: 5:30 Hours), Menzies at Kingston.
  • 8:45 a.m. - Marathon Main Start (Time Limit: 5:29 Hours), Menzies at Kingston.
  • 10:15 a.m. - Thrifty Foods Kids Run Start, Kingston just off Menzies.

PARKING

Participants should park in the downtown area prior to 7:00 a.m. and walk the short distance to the start. There will be limited access to the downtown core as the 8K Road Race starts at 7:15 a.m. and the Half Marathon starts at 7:30 a.m.

Parking is free on Sundays at City parking meters. There is limited parking for participants and volunteers in the Q Lot at 481 Kingston Street (bounded by Superior, Menzies, Kingston) and the F Lot at 512 Menzies at Michigan. Spots are first-come, first-served. Cars must be in place prior to 7:00am.

RACE ROUTES

It is the responsibility of each runner to know the route. Study the course maps. Do not cross the centre line, stay on the proper side of the road as directed by signs and marshals. Race officials will monitor the course and will warn or disqualify violators.

RACE GUIDE

Preview this year's 35th Anniversary Race Guide before you arrive on Race Weekend. Race guides will be in the Race Packages.

START/FINISH MAP

View the Start/Finish for all events on race day.

MARATHON - EARLY START

Participants that are not able to finish the marathon in 5:30 hours or less will start at 6:30 a.m. Faster marathon participants and half marathoners are not permitted to start at 6:30 a.m. Up until 8:00 a.m. participants must be on the sidewalk, obey local traffic laws and be self-sufficient as volunteer support will be limited. Only marathoners are allowed to start at 6:30 a.m. - you must have the correct colour race number 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.

BABY JOGGERS

Baby joggers are not permitted in the Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K Road Race 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.

RACE NUMBERS

Pin your race number to the front of your shirt. This helps us identify you at all times. Do not crinkle your number as this will affect the 'B' Tag timing device. More information...

Ensure you arrive at the correct start line for the race you have entered. The colour of your race number identifies which race you are entered in.

RACE TIMING

The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon will be using the 'B' Tag timing system this year to time the Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K Road Race. The 'B' tag is a single strip RFID tag that is adhered to the backside of your race bib. Do not remove it. It must be worn on the front of your shirt. Your time is recorded as you cross the timing mats at the start and finish line. No timing device = no time. Additional information...

GEAR CHECK

Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K Road Race tents are located beside each other on Government Street beside the Legislative Buildings. Gear Check opens at 6:00 a.m. Checked items must fit into the provided bags and you must have the tear off tag from your race number for identification; volunteers will attach it to the bag for you. The tent closes at 3:00 p.m. All unclaimed bags and miscellaneous items of clothing will be donated to charity.

CHANGE TENTS

Men's and women's change tents are located behind the clothing check tents, on the grounds in front of the Legislature.

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
Half Marathon 1 hrs. 30 min. 7:00/mi. 4:30/km
Half Marathon 1 hrs. 45 min. 8:00/mi. 5:00/km
Half Marathon 2 hrs. 00 min. 9:00/mi. 5:30/km
Half Marathon 2 hrs. 15 min. 10:00/mi. 6:00/km
Course Marker

COURSE MARKERS

All three races - the Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K Road Race - will have all kilometres marked, as well as markers every 5 miles and halfway for the Marathon. There's also a one-mile marker and one-mile-to-go marker for the Half Marathon and Marathon.

AID STATIONS

Old Victoria Water, electrolyte drink stations, and porta-potties will be located along the course approximately every 3km. Fruit and PowerGels will be available at approximately the 13km (8mi)/34km (21mi) mark. PowerGels will also be available at 20km (12.5mi).

You may carry your own fluids and gels to supplement what is already provided at the aid stations. If you require your own additional fluid out on the course, please deliver it to the official van at the start line of the Marathon/Half Marathon at Kingston and Menzies by 8:00 a.m. for delivery to the 13km/34km aid stations at Lawndale and Richardson.

An athlete who collects refreshment from a place other than the aid stations (i.e. from spectators) renders himself liable to disqualification.

RACE REGULATIONS

The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is a foot race. For safety and liability reasons all events are limited to registered runners/walkers only. Baby joggers, bandits (un-registered runners/walkers), 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. An athlete who collects refreshments from a place other than the refreshment stations renders themselves liable to disqualification. NEW - Official Bike Squads will be on the course to help ensure compliance of the regulations.

COURSE CLOSURE

Police will be allowing some traffic to travel across the race route when it is safe. All traffic, including transit facilities, will be controlled by the local police and official course marshals. Runners must take extreme caution at all times. BICYCLES, CARS, OR OTHER VEHICLES ACCOMPANYING RUNNERS ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED AND WILL RESULT IN THE DISQUALIFICATION OF THE RUNNER.

The police will begin opening the roads as the participants complete the different sections of the course. At 2:15 p.m. all streets will be re-opened to traffic; aid stations and the finish line will be dismantled. When the road is re-opened, participants must move to the sidewalks and obey local traffic laws.

MEDICAL

Medical crews/teams will be on the course and in the finish line compound. Medical personnel and ambulances will be on the course during the event. Competitors unable to finish should walk to the next aid station and seek help.

THE DAIRYLAND RECOVERY ZONE (POST-RACE REFRESHMENTS)

After you cross the finish line, you will enter The Dairyland Recovery Zone for your post-race refreshments. Dairyland has partnered with us this year to provide Chocolate milk to participants. With its 52 grams of carbohydrates and 18 grams of protein per 500mL serving, Dairyland Chocolate milk provides you with essential nutrients that will help your body recover. Runners can relax and re-fuel post race in The Dairyland Recovery Zone with free Chocolate milk samples. For more information, visit www.dairyland.ca.

POST-RACE MASSAGE

Massage therapists will be available for a fee at the Victoria Conference Centre - $20.00 for 15 minutes. Book your post-race massage with your registration. Note: space is not guaranteed to participants registering on race weekend. Register early. After you finish your race and collect your post-race refreshments, check in at the massage desk on Level 2 of the Victoria Conference Centre. Participants will be treated in order of arrival.

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