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 11, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 12, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, October 13. 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 on the Legislative Grounds 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. – 2:00 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: For the out of town package pickup participants and/or those who have decided not to run but would still like to pick up their shirt, can do so on Sunday prior to 2:00 pm. After 2:00 on Sunday there is no shirt pickup and shirts will not be mailed out. Shirts are on first come first served basis on Sunday. Your bib number is required for Race Package Pickup.

There is no “team” package pick-up so each participant must arrange to have their package picked up at Race Package Pick-Up.

Thrifty Foods Kids Run participants pick up their race packages in the main Expo area. Please see the Kids Run page for more information on school team package pickup. Kids Run race packages are not available on Race Day.

Package Pick-up Tips

  • Find your number prior to coming to race package pickup – Link will be here closer to race day
  • 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 11-13, 2019, 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.

2019 Exhibitors

Click read more to see a list of all our exhibitors this year.

2019 Exhibitors

BC Athletics
Bear Mtn 10K
Bracelayer
Canada Run Club
Ceevacs Running Club
Elite Promotional Marketing
Endur Apparel
Freshii
Funky Pants
Get Vizzy
Goddess Run
GoodLife Fitness
Hearth Victoria
KidSport Victoria
Navy Run
New Balance
North Olympic Discovery Marathon
NUUN
Oak Bay Half Marathon
Oasis
OES Wellness
Pan Am Cross Country Championships/VICCA
Planet Foods
Purica
Russell Books
Shoppers Home Health Care/Wellwise
TC10K
The Stick
Three Farmers Foods

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 (or if you have already registered you can log back into your Race Roster account and purchase them now)! The event will feature Guest Speaker Bart Yasso and the perfect pre-race meal. Saturday, October 12th, 6:30 p.m.

Carbo Dinner, Bus Tours, Massage

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 (or if you have already registered you can log back into your Race Roster account and purchase them now)! The event will feature Guest Speaker Bart Yasso and the perfect pre-race meal. Saturday, October 12th, 6:30 p.m.

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!

To celebrate our 40th, we are pleased to announce that Bart Yasso will be joining us. You may know Bart Yasso as the “Mayor of Running” the now retired Runner’s World Chief Running Officer—the man who seemingly cheers on every runner across every finish line of every marathon. Join him as he returns to Victoria to share lessons, wisdom, and insights learned from running in more than 1,500 races near and far. Experience firsthand not only how Yasso’s training tips and practical advice make us all better runners, but also how his infectious spirit and love of life make us all better people. Adding to his induction into the Running USA Hall of Champions Yasso was recently inducted into the Road Runners Club of America Distance Running Hall of Fame.

Click Read More to see our full list of speakers for 2019. The Speaker Series is emceed by Rod McCrimmon.

10:00 a.m. The Ins and Outs on Race Day: run your best race by knowing what to expect on the course
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. Weight training during marathon prep: good or bad?
Mike Haddow, Nutrition Expert and Personal Trainer, GoodLife Fitness.
Mike Haddow will explain how much and what kind of weight training is beneficial and how not to over train and hinder performance on race day. You can feel strong in your body and look great too! Mike has been a personal trainer for over 20 years (10 years with GoodLife). He specializes in cooking, nutrition, lifestyle coaching and working with special needs children. He is the personal trainer/chef to David Patchell-Evans and Silken Laumann.

12:00 p.m. Never limit where running can take you.
Bart Yasso, the ‘Mayor of Running’ and retired Runners’ World Chief Running Officer.
Join Bart as he returns to Victoria to share lessons, wisdom, and insights learned from running in more than 1,500 races near and far. Creator of the Yasso 800’s, hear how Bart’s training tips and practical advice make us all better runners and see how his infectious spirit and love of life make us all better people. Bart has been inducted into Running USA Hall of Champions and recently into the Road Runners Club of America Distance Running Hall of Fame. Before and after the speaker session Bart will be signing books at the Russell Books booth.

1:00 p.m. Running through time – four decades of women’s running.
Canadian 1500 metre bronze medalist Mariah Kelly, World Championship Ultra Marathoner Catrin Jones, 19-time National Champion, Lucy Smith and Boston Marathon age-group winner Roslyn Smith.
Women’s running has come a long way in 40 years. Enjoy a panel discussion – emceed by Victoria 8k record holder Ulla Hansen – with four phenomenal females who span the decades. Featuring Mariah Kelly, Canadian 1500 metre bronze medalist and six-time Canadian National 1500 metre finalist; Catrin Jones two-time winner of the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, who in June came ninth in the iconic Comrades Marathon; Lucy Smith, runner, duathlete and triathlete, who has competed for Canada in over 20 World Championship events including winning 19 National Championship titles, and two Silver World Championships Medals, and Roslyn Smith, who has placed in 25 marathons, set five Canadian records in the 8k, half marathon and marathon and in her 70th year won her age group in the 2019 Boston Marathon.

2:00 p.m. Suffering in beautiful places
Adam Campbell, Ultra Marathoner and Guinness World Record Holder
Hear Adam speak about the importance of creativity in establishing personal challenges in endurance sports and how that can help revitalize and rejuvenate your running and recover from injuries. Adam is a professional mountain endurance athlete and one of the best mountain runners in the world with podium finishes at major international races. After a serious mountain accident that almost killed him, Adam re-evaluated his approach to sport and competition and shifted his focus away from racing and more into pure alpine pursuits on foot, rock and skis. When he’s not racing through the mountains, he moonlights as a lawyer in the Canadian Rockies. And he holds the Guinness world record for running a marathon in a suit – in Victoria in 2014!

Live Tracker

The 2019 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.

You can track your athlete here –  CLICK HERE

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.
  • 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 13, 2019

  • The 2019 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, Half Marathon, & 8K Turkey Trot Live Results will be available via the web on race day. A link will be posted here the week of the event. Participants, family & friends can all use Live Results to share in the excitement. 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!

You can track your athlete here – CLICK HERE. The athlete data will be downloaded at NOON on Friday, October 11.

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 the live stream HERE

VIP Delegate Program

Victoria Conference Centre, Destination Greater Victoria and its local partners would like to say ‘Thank You’ by presenting you with our exclusive Delegate VIP Program.

You are a VIP and we recognize that your time visiting our destination is limited. Our VIP Program quickly and easily points you to the best deals and discounts at restaurants, shops, attractions, tours, transportation and more. Just show your Delegate VIP Tag at participating businesses LISTED HERE.

PRINT OFF your VIP Tag and carry it with you this weekend.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, October 11, 2019

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 12, 2019

EventDetailsTime
Run with Bart Yasso!Run with Bart Yasso,Rob Reid & more 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 13, 2019

EventDetailsTime
Racing EventsSee course information page for Race Day events and times
Victoria Marathon Race Expo and Awards Ceremonies8K Road Race11:00am
Half Marathon12:00pm
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 - 2:00pm