The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is a beautiful, seaside course with lots of mild undulations, but with a maximum elevation change of only 74 feet. Walkers are welcome as long as completion time is less than 7 hours. The course includes:
- All kilometres marked along the route, markers every 5 miles and at halfway for the Marathon, one-mile marker and one-mile-to-go marker.
- Bands and cheering stations at various locations along the route.
- Porta-potties at every aid station.
- Medical services on the route and at the finish line.
- Scenic features along the route: BC Legislative Buildings, Steamship Terminal Building, Ogden Point, Olympic Mountain Range, statue of Terry Fox at Mile ‘O’, Beacon Hill Park, Victoria Golf Course (Marathon only), Oak Bay Village (Marathon only).
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.
Participants should park in the downtown area prior to 7:00 am and walk the short distance to the start. There will be limited access to the downtown core as the races begin 7:55 am through until 8:50 am.
Parking is free on Sundays at City parking meters.
Route & Road Closures
Police will be allowing some traffic to travel across the race route when it is safe. All traffic, including transit, 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.
- Road Closures Summary (2017 coming soon)
- COHO Instructions for Visitors and Residents (2017 coming soon)
- Notice to Residents -Victoria & Oak Bay (2017 coming soon)
- BC Transit, Victoria Regional Transit System Customer Alert (TBC)
|Marathon - early start||Menzies St. at Kingston beside the BC Legislative Buildings||6:30am|
|Half Marathon wheelchair athletes||Menzies St. at Kingston beside the BC Legislative Buildings||7:55am|
|Half Marathon visually impaired athletes||Menzies St. at Kingston beside the BC Legislative Buildings.||7:55am|
|Marathon wheelchair athletes||Menzies St. at Kingston beside the BC Legislative Buildings||7:55am|
|Marathon visually impaired athletes||Menzies St. at Kingston beside the BC Legislative Buildings||7:55am|
|Marathon main||Menzies St. at Kingston beside the BC Legislative Buildings||8:00am|
|Marathon Relay||Menzies St. at Kingston beside the BC Legislative Buildings||8:00am|
|Half Marathon||Menzies St. at Kingston beside the BC Legislative Buildings||8:00am|
|8K Road Race wheelchair athletes||Government at Humboldt||8:45am|
|8K Road Race visually impaired athletes||Government at Humboldt||8:45am|
|8K Road Race||Government at Humboldt||8:50am|
|Thrifty Foods Kids Run||Menzies St. just off Kingston on the west side of the Legislative buildings||10:15am|
Marathon Main Time Limit: 5:30 hours
NOTE: If you are not sure about your predicted time when you register, select the “Main Start”. As you get closer to Race Weekend, if you know you will be slower than 5:30, then you can switch to the Early Start before Race Day.
Marathon Early Start Time Limit: 7 hours
Half Marathon Time Limit: 6 hours – finish line closes at 2:15 p.m.
8K Road Race Time Limit: 6 hours – finish line closes at 2:15 p.m.
The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon will be using the Chronotrack ‘B’ Tag 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.
It records the time it takes you to get from start to finish no matter where in the pack you are. You will pick up and verify your ‘B’ Tag at Race Package Pickup.
The “Super Pacers” pace team will be joining us for the 4th year to help you achieve your race goals for 2017. You can meet them at the “Super Pacers” booth at the race expo. No need to sign up in advance. Simply look for the sign with your desired finish time in the start area on race day and join the group. Pace leaders will be running the following goal times:
Marathon – 3:15, 3:30, 3:40, 3:45, 3:55, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30 and 5:00.
Note: Those running a similar pace will be lined up at the start line time banner that reads:
Marathon 3 hrs. 00 min. 6:52/mi. 4:16/km
Marathon 3 hrs. 30 min. 8:01/mi. 4:59/km
Marathon 4 hrs. 00 min. 9:09/mi. 5:41/km
Marathon 4 hrs. 30 min. 10:18/mi. 6:24/km
Half Marathon – 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, and 2:30.
Half Marathon 1 hrs. 30 min. 6:52/mi. 4:16/km
Half Marathon 1 hrs. 45 min. 8:01/mi. 4:59/km
Half Marathon 2 hrs. 00 min. 9:09/mi. 5:41/km
Half Marathon 2 hrs. 15 min. 10:18/mi. 6:24/km
Marathon Course Records
Lamech Mokono, Grand Prairie, Texas: 2:13:42 (2013)
Lucy Njeri, Toronto, ON: 2:37:56 (2011)
Half Marathon Course Records
Jon Brown, Victoria BC: 1:02.32 (2002)
Natasha Wodak, Vancouver BC: 1:14:06 (2012)
Half Marathon – Master Course Records
Bruce Deacon (40-44), Coquitlam BC: 1:08:02 (2007)
Marilyn Arsenault (40-44), Victoria BC: 1:15:39 (2002)
8K Road Race Course Records
Gary Barber, Victoria BC: 23:23 (1989)
Ulla Marquette, Victoria BC: 26:24 (1991)
8K Road Race – Master Course Records
Mike Creery, Victoria BC: 24:48 (1987)
Ulla Marquette, Victoria BC: 28:27 (1999)
The following have run all 37 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathons (1980-2016):
There will be a great lineup of entertainment on the course in 2017!
|1||Charity Cheering Zone||Dallas and Menzies||This is our Charity Cheer Zone, where some of our amazing charities will give back by giving YOU the energy you need to push ahead.|
|2||Holland Point, across from 574 Dallas Road||Dallas and Government|
|3||Clover Point||Dallas and Moss|
|4||Ross Bay||Dallas and Memorial Crescent|
|5||Oak Bay Ave||In front of Penny Farthing Pub|
|6||Victoria Golf Course||Beach Drive – Vehicle pull out area|
|7||Glenlyon Norfolk School||Beach Drive/Shady Lane – school parking lot|
After you cross the finish line, you will enter the Recovery Zone for your post-race refreshments. Thrifty Foods will supply you with fruit, cookies and much more.
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.