Course Info

Race Day

Course Information

Course Features

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).

Course Maps

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.

Parking

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.

Start Times

RaceWhereStart Time
Marathon - early startMenzies St. at Kingston beside the BC Legislative Buildings6:30am
Half Marathon wheelchair athletesMenzies St. at Kingston beside the BC Legislative Buildings7:55am
Half Marathon visually impaired athletesMenzies St. at Kingston beside the BC Legislative Buildings.7:55am
Marathon wheelchair athletesMenzies St. at Kingston beside the BC Legislative Buildings7:55am
Marathon visually impaired athletesMenzies St. at Kingston beside the BC Legislative Buildings7:55am
Marathon mainMenzies St. at Kingston beside the BC Legislative Buildings8:00am
Marathon RelayMenzies St. at Kingston beside the BC Legislative Buildings8:00am
Half MarathonMenzies St. at Kingston beside the BC Legislative Buildings8:00am
8K Road Race wheelchair athletesGovernment at Humboldt8:45am
8K Road Race visually impaired athletesGovernment at Humboldt8:45am
8K Road RaceGovernment at Humboldt8:50am
Thrifty Foods Kids RunMenzies St. just off Kingston on the west side of the Legislative buildings10:15am

Time Limit

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.

Pace Leaders

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

Course Records

Marathon Course Records

Men
Lamech Mokono, Grand Prairie, Texas: 2:13:42 (2013)

Women
Lucy Njeri, Toronto, ON: 2:37:56 (2011)

Half Marathon Course Records

Men
Jon Brown, Victoria BC: 1:02.32 (2002)

Women
Natasha Wodak, Vancouver BC: 1:14:06 (2012)

Half Marathon – Master Course Records

Men
Bruce Deacon (40-44), Coquitlam BC: 1:08:02 (2007)

Women
Marilyn Arsenault (40-44), Victoria BC: 1:15:39 (2002)

8K Road Race Course Records

Men
Gary Barber, Victoria BC: 23:23 (1989)

Women
Ulla Marquette, Victoria BC: 26:24 (1991)

8K Road Race – Master Course Records

Men
Mike Creery, Victoria BC: 24:48 (1987)

Women
Ulla Marquette, Victoria BC: 28:27 (1999)

The following have run all 37 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathons (1980-2016):

Terry Slater
Sooke, BC

Ken Bonner
Victoria, BC

Entertainment

There will be a great lineup of entertainment on the course in 2017!

Station #LocationDescriptionEntertainment
1Charity Cheering ZoneDallas and MenziesThis is our Charity Cheer Zone, where some of our amazing charities will give back by giving YOU the energy you need to push ahead.
2Holland Point, across from 574 Dallas RoadDallas and Government
3Clover PointDallas and Moss
4Ross BayDallas and Memorial Crescent
5Oak Bay AveIn front of Penny Farthing Pub
6Victoria Golf CourseBeach Drive – Vehicle pull out area
7Glenlyon Norfolk SchoolBeach Drive/Shady Lane – school parking lot

Recovery Zone

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.