Races

Races

Races

Our Marathon Weekend features four different races – Marathon (Main and Early Start), Half Marathon, 8K Road Race, and Thrifty Foods Kids Run.

The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon can be used as a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon!

Marathon Course Map Compared to Boston 
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Marathon

This world-renowned marathon is a beautiful, seaside course with lots of mild undulations, but with a maximum elevation change of only 74 feet. An amazing race whether this is your first marathon or you are a seasoned marathoner. All participants receive a long sleeve New Balance technical shirt, finisher’s medal and certificate.

Marathon Early Start

If you are going to take over 5:30 min to complete the Marathon, then you need to start with our Early Marathon start group. The course closes at 2:00 pm so we want to make sure you get there on time!

  • If you do not have the correct colour race number, you will not be allowed to start early.
  • Runners with a pace faster than 7:28/km (12:01/mile), finishing the Marathon faster than 5:30, or crossing the finish line before 11:45 a.m. will be disqualified and their names will be removed from the official results. This is a safety issue – the far reaches of the course have no marshals until after 8:00 a.m.
  • Be at the start by 6:00 a.m. (location: Menzies & Kingston)
  • Until 7:30 a.m., participants must be on the sidewalk, obey local traffic laws and be self- sufficient as volunteer support will be limited.
  • You will be escorted for the first 60-90 minutes of the Marathon by cyclists. Some of the cyclists will be stationed at critical turning points and others will cycle along with you.
  • You will need your own water for the first hour.
  • There will be no traffic control for the first hour, so be very careful at intersections.

Half Marathon

The Half Marathon follows a good portion of the Marathon route and you will enjoy beautiful Victoria landmarks throughout. All participants receive a long sleeve New Balance technical shirt, finisher’s medal and certificate.

8K Road Race

The 8K Road Race is a fast paced beautiful scenic route through downtown, Beacon Hill and finishing along the ocean front. The 8K is a great distance for every participant. All participants receive a short sleeve New Balance technical shirt, a finisher’s medal and certificate!

Thrifty Foods Kids Run

The Thrifty Foods Kids Run is a 1.25 km loop in and around the Legislative Grounds.

The run is open to all kids 12 years and under. Parents can run alongside their child in the kids run and are not required to register. After the run, stick around for music, snacks and special guests.

Price
  • $20 entry fee (until noon Oct 11) includes a t-shirt (100% cotton), race number & goodies.
  • $25 entry fee (Oct 11 & 12). T-shirt not guaranteed; while supplies last. Register at the Thrifty Foods Kids Run/KidSport Victoria booth inside the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Race Expo (Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street).
Can I register on Race Day?

No. Registration ends at 6:00 p.m. on Sat, Oct. 12 at the Victoria Conference Centre.

Race Day Information

Please check back for Race Day details, including our new route for 2019.

School Challenge

(Note: only public/private grade schools are eligible)

  • Schools that have 10 or more children entered in the Kids Run by midnight on Sept. 29 will have their and packages delivered to the school team captain by Wed, Oct. 9 for distribution at the school.
  • Kids who register for their school team after Sept. 29, 2019 will pick up their shirt and registration package at the Race Expo on Friday or Saturday (Oct 11/12)
  • School teams with fewer than 10 registrants at midnight on September 29 will pick up their shirts and race packages from the Race Expo on Oct 11/12.
  • School Teams: The school with the most participants registered by Wed, Oct. 9 at 12:00 pm will win a $1,000 prize for their school, generously provided by Winslow Properties.
  • NEW THIS YEAR: ALL schools who register will be considered for a $500 School Spirit award, generously provided by Oak Bay Bikes.
  • Sign up your school for the Thrifty Foods Kids Run School Challenge!
Corporate/Non-school Teams
  • Corporate/non-school teams with 10 or more registered by Sept. 29, 2019 will be contacted prior to Wed. Oct 9 to coordinate shirts/packages pickup details. Kids who register for the corporate/non-school team after Sept. 29, 2019 will pick up their registration package at the Race Expo on Friday or Saturday (Oct 11/12)
Where do we pick up our shirts and registration package?

Pick up your child’s shirt, race number and registration package at the Race Expo, held at the Victoria Conference Centre on Fri, Oct. 11 from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. and Sat, Oct. 12 from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The pickup location will be inside the Expo area at the KidSport booth. Kids packages are not available on Race Day.

*Exceptions: school teams with over 10 registered by September 29 will have packages delivered to their schools. Corporate teams with over 10 registered by September 29 will receive packages from their team captains.

Can I register on Race Day?

No. Registration ends at 6:00 p.m. on Sat, Oct. 12 at the Victoria Conference Centre.

Proceeds to Kidsport Greater Victoria

All proceeds from the Thrifty Foods Kids Run go to KidSport Greater Victoria, a licensed local chapter of KidSport Canada. KidSport Greater Victoria is on a mission to raise and distribute dollars locally to ensure that children in financial need have the opportunity to participate in seasons of organized sport, So ALL Kids Can Play.  To date, the organization has funded over 11,700 local children in need into sport, with over $2.7 Million in season-of-sport registration fees. www.kidsportvictoria.ca.

BC Athletics 2019 Half Marathon Championship

The BC Athletics 2019 Half Marathon Championship will be held in conjunction with the 40th Annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon on Sunday, October 13, 2019. The Half Marathon is the 12th and final race in the 2019 BC Super Series. For more information, CLICK HERE.

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