For prizing and awards, the following age categories apply:
|12 & Under*||13-15*||16-19*||20-24||25-29||30-34||35-39||40-44||45-49|
|* prizing & awards for this age group in the 8K only|
Old Victoria Water and NUUN (with their new New Endurance Citrus Mango flavour) will be available at our aid stations and porta-potties will be located along the course approximately every 3 km. Fruit and Honey Stinger Gels (flavours to be announced shortly) will be available at approximately the 13 km (8 miles) and 34 km (21 miles) mark. You may carry your own fluids and gels to supplement what is already provided at the aid stations. If you require your own additional fluids on the course, please deliver it to the official van on Superior at Menzies by 7:30 a.m. for delivery to the 13 km and 34 km aid stations at Lawndale and Richardson.
NOTE: An athlete who collects refreshment from a place other than the aid stations (i.e. from spectators) renders himself liable to disqualification.
Men’s and women’s change tents are located behind the clothing check tents, on the grounds in front of the Legislature.
Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K Turkey Trot 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 2:00 p.m. All unclaimed bags and miscellaneous items of clothing will be donated to charity.
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 High Performance Athlete Program allows the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon to offer top Canadian and International Marathon and Half Marathon runners an environment in which they can succeed. The goal of the program is to create a World Class Marathon event and to foster the development of Canadian runners. It is designed to attract top distance runners.
Prizes are awarded for the top male and female, Open and Masters, Marathon and Half Marathon athletes, as well as an incentive for breaking the course record. Some elite athletes will be given the opportunity to share their unique stories with the local media.
Only online applications will be answered.
2020 Information, Prize Money, and Standards – CLICK HERE for more info
High-performance athlete regulations and race weekend information
- 2020 High Performance Athlete Program
- 2020 Race Regulations
- 2020 Protest and Appeal Procedures
Athletes who have run under certain time standards may be eligible for a complimentary entry to the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, Half Marathon, or 8K Road Race.
Athletes with racing wheelchairs are permitted in all of our events. For the marathon, half marathon and 8K Turkey Trot, athletes may start 5 minutes before the main starts. See details on the Start Time page.
Hand-cycles are absolutely prohibited. Please indicate that you are a wheelchair athlete when you register.
Visually Impaired Athletes
Visually impaired athletes may compete in all of our events. For the marathon, half marathon and 8K Turkey Trot, athletes may start 5 minutes before the main starts. See details on the Start Time page.
General Description of Sight Classification
From BC Blind Sports http://www.bcblindsports.bc.ca/graphic/sports/index.htm
- B1 No light perception in either eye up to light perception but inability to recognize the shape of a hand at any distance or in any direction.
- B2 From ability to recognize the shape of a hand up to visual acuity of 2/60 and/or visual field of less than 5 degrees.
- B3 From visual acuity above 2/60 up to visual acuity of 6/60 and/or a visual field of more than 5 degrees and less than 20 degrees.
- Pin your race number to the front of your shirt. Athletes should display “Visually Impaired” on the back of their race shirt. These bibs are available at the Solutions Desk at the Race Expo. “Guide” bibs (for the back of the shirt) are available to the participant that is accompanying the visually impaired athlete.
- Stay to the right of the course and allow faster participants to pass on the left.
AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships
The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon has joined a select list of worldwide races as an Abbott World Marathon MajorsWanda Age Group Qualifying Event. This provides the fastest runners aged 40 and above the opportunity to qualify for the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships held every spring.
The 40th edition of the Victoria Marathon took place on October 13th, 2019 – the opening day of the world rankings qualifying cycle, and will end on the same weekend of the 2020 event on October 11th. This coincides with the start and end of the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series XIII at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The one-year cycle gives participants the chance to earn up to two qualifying times for the World Championships to be held in the spring of 2021 with the location of the World Championships to be announced next year. Participants will earn points according to their age, time and gender, aligned with the following age groups for men and women: 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+.
The Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) is a series of six of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world – Tokyo Marathon, B.A.A. Boston Marathon, Virgin Money London Marathon, BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, Bank of America Chicago Marathon and TCS New York City Marathon.
The AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings is the first ever global age group marathon ranking system. The first year of qualifying began in Berlin in September 2018 and includes more than 50 events across six continents. The second cycle will include more than 170 events across six continents as the popularity for age group marathon running continues to grow. The inaugural AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championship will take place as part of the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon in April 2020.
CLICK HERE for more info.