Race Weekend

Race Weekend

Race Weekend

Package Pick-Up

Race Packages may be picked up from the Victoria Marathon Race Expo at the Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC on:

  • Friday, October 6, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 7, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, October 8. There is NO Day-Of-Race registration.

Limited package pick-up (race number and timing device only) is available to pre-registered, out-of-town entrants (Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K Road Race only) on Race Day at the corner of Belleville and Government Streets next to the Gear Check Tents from 6:00 a m – 8:30 am.

Pre-registered participants can check to see if there are any shirts left at Shirt Swap at the Victoria Conference Centre on Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (while sizes last). Bring your race number with you.

Local residents will not be able to pick up packages on Race Day.

Note: Race Packages (including shirts) not picked up prior to the race are forfeited. Your bib number is required for Race Package Pickup. The link to check your bib number is here – CLICK HERE

There is no “team” package pick-up (except for the Marathon Relay*) so each participant must arrange to have their package picked up at Race Package Pick-Up.

For the Marathon Relay, a designated member of your team can collect the team package.

Thrifty Foods Kids Run participants pick up their race packages in the main Expo area. Kids Run race packages are not available on Race Day.

Package Pick-up Tips

  • Find your number prior to coming to race package pickup – CLICK HERE
  • Pick up your Race Number with Timing Tag.
  • Check your chip and familiarize yourself with the instructions for affixing and returning.
  • Pick up your Race Package (this includes sponsor products, maps and final instructions) and shirt.
  • Pre-purchased Carbo Gala Dinner and Bus Tour tickets will be available for pickup at the Tickets Kiosk on Level 2 of the Victoria Conference Centre. Please bring your race number with you.
  • Arrive prior to the Expo closing (Saturday at 6:00 p.m.) to pick up the size you requested when you registered.

All runners will receive the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Race Guide which will contain essential race information, maps and articles!

Race Expo

On October 6-8, 2017, the Race Expo takes place at the Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street. Exhibitors will be open at the same time as Race Package Pickup and on Sunday during the awards. The Speaker Series will be held in the Expo Theatre on Saturday afternoon.

The Expo is FREE and open to the public. 
Come visit over 40 exhibitors featuring sponsors, souvenirs, merchandise, running apparel and accessories, nutritional and fitness products, samples, interactive displays, and much more.

Exhibitors

A1 Sport Distribution
All Sport Marketing
BC Athletics
BC Transit
Ceevacs Road Runners
CHEK Charity Pledge Program
Elite Sportswear Awards and Promotion
EndurOfficial
Goddess Run
Goodlife Fitness
Kiss/Ocean
Lozman Inc
New Balance
North Olympic Discovery Marathon
nuun & company
Oak Bay Half/Bear Mtn 10K
Oasis Juice
Old Shirts
Planet Foods
Russell Books
Super Pacers
Terry Fox Foundation
TheStick
Victoria Hospitals Foundation

Speakers and Panels
All speaker sessions held at the Victoria Conference Centre, Level 1 in the Auditorium. See the next section below for a list of speakers and their topics.

Bus Tours
This is a great way to check out your race route!  Bus tours depart from the Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street. Pre-purchased tickets will be available at the Tickets Kiosk on Level 2 of the Victoria Conference Centre. Please bring your race number with you. Purchase your tickets online during registration.

Pre-Race Massage
Need a massage before your run? We will have massages happening at the Race Expo. Massage – $20 for 15 minutes.

Carbo Gala Dinner
Our Carbo Gala often sells out, so book your ticket while you register! The event has great speakers and the perfect pre-race meal. Saturday, October 9th, 6:30 p.m.  Crystal Ballroom, The Fairmont Empress. 721 Government Street.

Speaker Series

The Speaker Series will take place at the Victoria Conference Centre all day Saturday. Open to the general public, this is a great opportunity to hear some amazing speakers providing you with inspiration, education and more!

The Speaker Series is emceed by Rod McCrimmon. Click read more to see the schedule and speaker line-up.

10:00 a.m.
The Ins and Outs on Race Day: Run your best race by knowing what to expect on the course
Speakers:  General Manager, Cathy Noel and VMS Director, Rob Reid
Cathy and Rob offer tips and answer questions in this Q & A session.

11:00 a.m.
Mental Fitness: Start to Finish
Speaker: Sara Wegwitz, personal trainer for the mind in mental fitness, resiliency training, and performance coaching
You’ve trained for weeks. You’ve built the strength, speed, and endurance to go the distance. You’ve amassed running skills and have put in the physical training mileage to cross the finish line. Physical fitness – check. Mental fitness – hmmm. It has been said that success in anything is 20% mechanics (what you do/practice) and 80% psychology (how you think). What you train for – you experience. Come learn how to tweak the way you think to build confidence, resilience, and transform your physical capabilities. Sara will present the three core building blocks that will put you on the road toward achieving extraordinary results tomorrow and beyond. www.tailormakinghealth.ca

12:00 p.m.
Commitment + Surrender = Great Significance
Speaker: Janelle Morrison, GameChanger, Consultant, Transformational Speaker and Life Quality Catalyst.
An endurance event is one of the greatest expressions of dedication & will, a heightened experience of being alive, and what’s actually possible for us in this human experience. In this talk, Janelle Morrison, former pro Ironman triathlete and stillness expert, will lead you through your own personal inquiry into what being “committed” means to you. She’ll also share an animated story about overcoming some of her own racing/life challenges for your further exploration. Come prepared to think, feel and experience the powerful combination of commitment and surrender to take with you for your racing…and in your life. www.janellemorrison.com

1:00 p.m.
WHY?! And Where Do You Go From Here?
Speaker: Richard Hayden, Ironman athlete and finisher of one of the most extreme races on earth, the Isklar Norseman
Jumping off a ferry into an icy fjord…cycling in cold driving rain over five mountain passes…running a marathon with the elevation profile of a rocket launcher… Join Ironman athlete, Richard Hayden, as he talks about his journey to the start and finish of one of the most extreme triathlons on earth, the Isklar Norseman. Richard lives on Salt Spring Island where he endeavours to split his time between work, training and family. He has completed multiple Ironmans and participates in the local triathlon and road running scene.

2:00 p.m.
Confessions of an Elite Athlete
Speaker: Reid Coolsaet, Olympic athlete and the second fastest marathoner in Canadian history
How do you get to be the second fastest Canadian marathoner of all time? Olympian Reid Coolsaet talks about what he’s learned from training in Kenya and how he translates his experiences going forward – from dealing with injury to setting goals for the future. Reid ran 2:10:28 at the 2015 Berlin Marathon. He represented Canada at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics where he finished 27th and 23rd respectively in the marathon. Reid also competed in two World Championships finishing 25th in the marathon at the 2009 Berlin edition.

Live Tracker

The 2017 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K Road Race will feature the latest in real-time race tracking by providing Live Results via our timing partner, Race Day Timing Services.

CLICK HERE to access the app as of Thursday October 5.

Features Include:

  • Live Web Tracker – See times and current pace within seconds of a participant crossing each split point. Estimated times will be provided based on current pace.
  • Live Leaderboard – See who is winning via the Live Leaderboard. Top runners in each category will be displayed in real-time as they lead the way through the course.

Real-time Facebook / Twitter Notifications – Get automatic posting as progress is made on the course. As a spectator, the times of the participant you are tracking can be posted to your Facebook or Twitter feed automatically allowing friends and family to share in the excitement! If you are a participant, claim your profile and enable Facebook or Twitter notifications. Your stats will post live as you pass each checkpoint.

  • Live Map Tracking – Participant locations will be plotted on the interactive course map as progress is made on course. The position of each participant is estimated based on the most recent timing received from the bib read. NOTE: Participants do not need to carry their phones for this feature to work.
  • NOTE: Times posted during the event are unofficial. Official results are posted upon completion of the event.

Race Day – Sunday, October 8, 2017

  • The 2017 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, Half Marathon, & 8K Road Race Live Results will be available via the web at http://rtrt.me/glfvm. Participants, family & friends can all use Live Results to share in the excitement. Sign Up now to have race progress posted automatically to your Facebook or Twitter feeds! On race day, spectators can get status of participants in real-time using the Live Tracker & Leaderboard. Details such as time, pace, position on the map and estimated finish will be instantly available!

**Note: The Marathon Relay is not included in the Live Tracker.

Live Tracker information login will be available the week of the event.

Live Tracker

Live Streaming on CHEK

CHEK News will be at the finish line again this year making sure you can watch your favourite racer(s) as they complete their race!

CLICK HERE to follow the live streaming on race day!!

Weekend Schedule

Friday, October 6, 2017

EventDetailsTime
Press ConferenceVictoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street, Level 2. Meet elite athletes, sponsors and charities, and help kick off Race Weekend!10:30am
Victoria Marathon Race Expo, Race Package Pickup and Late RegistrationVictoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street, Level 212:00pm - 6:00pm
Pre-Race MassageVictoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street, Level 2, Expo Area. $20 for 15 minutes. A limited number of pre-race massages will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Race Expo.2:00pm - 6:00pm

Saturday, October 7, 2017

EventDetailsTime
Run with Rob Reid from
Frontrunners Footwear
Run with Rob Reid from Frontrunners Footwear, 1200 Vancouver Street. Enjoy a shake-out run to the Terry Fox statue and back.8:00am
Victoria Marathon Race Expo, Race Package Pickup and Late RegistrationVictoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street, Level 29:00am - 6:00pm
Pre-Race MassageVictoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street, Level 2, Expo Area. $20 for 15 minutes. A limited number of pre-race massages will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Race Expo.9:00am - 6:00pm
Speaker Series - FREEVictoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street, Level 2, Expo Area.10:00am - 3:00pm
Bus Tours of the Marathon Route
(includes Half Marathon route)
Departs from the Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street. Duration: 2hrs – 2hr 15min. Tickets: $10. Available for purchase with your registration or at the Tickets Kiosk at the Victoria Marathon Race Expo.10:30am and 1:30pm
Carbo Gala DinnerFairmont Empress Hotel, Crystal Ballroom, 721 Government Street. Join us for a spectacular pre-race buffet dinner. Special Address: To be confirmed.

Tickets: $45 per person (children also need a ticket). Available for purchase with your registration or at the Tickets Kiosk at the Victoria Marathon Race Expo (Level 2 at the Victoria Conference Centre) (limited availability). Great draw prizes! Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Dinner – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
6:30pm

Sunday, October 8, 2017

EventDetailsTime
Racing EventsSee course information page for Race Day events and times
Official Canada 150 ParticipACTION FestivalLocated in the Kids' Zone behind the Parliament Bldgs7:00am - 1:00pm
Victoria Marathon Race Expo and Awards Ceremonies8K Road Race11:00am
Half Marathon12:00pm
Marathon Relay1:00pm
Marathon1:00pm
Post-Race MassageVictoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street, Level 2. Massage – $20 for 15 minutes.

Book with your registration or check at the Victoria Marathon Race Expo.

Please note: Space is not guaranteed to participants registering on race weekend. After you finish your race and collect your post-race refreshments, check in at the Massage Desk on Level 2 at the Victoria Marathon Race Expo with your race number. Pre-registered participants will be treated in order of arrival.
9:00am - 3:00pm