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.
- 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.
Our 2019 courses have been adjusted slightly. New maps are posted below (August 9, 2019). Elevation maps will follow shortly.
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 in downtown core meters does cost now (used to be free on Sundays) so you will need to use one of the city parkades if you are planning on parking downtown. Street parking is available outside the downtown core. Just make sure you read the signage on the streets.
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. The area around the Parliament Buildings is the last to open as takedown of the finish line, etc must occur. When the road is re-opened, participants must move to the sidewalks and obey local traffic laws.
|Marathon - early start||Menzies St. at Quebec beside the BC Legislative Buildings||6:30am|
|Half Marathon wheelchair athletes||Menzies St. at Quebec beside the BC Legislative Buildings||7:55am|
|Half Marathon visually impaired athletes||Menzies St. at Quebec beside the BC Legislative Buildings.||7:55am|
|Marathon wheelchair athletes||Menzies St. at Quebec beside the BC Legislative Buildings||7:55am|
|Marathon visually impaired athletes||Menzies St. at Quebec beside the BC Legislative Buildings||7:55am|
|Marathon main||Menzies St. at Quebec beside the BC Legislative Buildings||8:00am|
|Half Marathon||Menzies St. at Quebec beside the BC Legislative Buildings||8:00am|
|8K Turkey Trot wheelchair athletes||Government at Superior||8:45am|
|8K Turkey Trot visually impaired athletes||Government at Superior||8:45am|
|8K Turkey Trot||Government at Superior||8:50am|
|Thrifty Foods Kids Run||Government at Superior||10:30am|
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: 5.30 – 7.30 hours – finish line closes at 2:00 p.m.
Half Marathon Time Limit: 6 hours – finish line closes at 2:00 p.m.
8K Road Race Time Limit: 5.15 hours – finish line closes at 2:00 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 5th year to help you achieve your race goals for 2019. 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, 3:50, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 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
8K Turkey Trot – We will have pacers for the 8K this year. Stay tuned for info on times.
Marathon Course Records
Lamech Mokono, Grand Prairie, Texas: 2:13:42 (2013)
Lucy Njeri, Toronto, ON: 2:37:56 (2011)
Marathon – Master Course Records
Tom Howard, Surrey BC: 2:27.36 (1988)
Lioudmila Kortchaguina, Thornhill ON: 2:39:37 (2015)
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 39 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathons (1980-2018):
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.