The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is a prominent athletic event organized by the Victoria Marathon Society, a registered, not-for-profit body. Celebrated annually on the Sunday of the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday weekend, this AIMS/IAAF-certified marathon offers athletes the picturesque backdrop of the Victoria seaside, coupled with gentle undulations, ensuring an experience that’s both challenging and scenic.
- Online registration closes at 12:00pm (PST) on Wednesday.
- Late registrations can be done in-person at the Victoria Conference Centre on specified dates unless the limit is achieved earlier.
- Online payments are accepted through various credit and debit card options, processed by online registration platforms.
- A nominal processing fee is applicable for online registration.
Milestones Through the Years
2015: The 36th annual event, a significant year that saw the marathon anchored in four primary categories:
- Half Marathon
- 8K Road Race
- Thrifty Foods Kids Run
|Event Category||Special (2015-05-15)||Early Bird (2015-07-15)||Regular (2015-09-15)||Late (2015-10-08)||Race Expo (2015-10-10)|
|Marathon – Main Start (<5.5hrs)||$90.00||$100.00||$110.00||$130.00||$130.00|
|Marathon – Early Start (5.5-7hrs)||$90.00||$100.00||$110.00||$130.00||$130.00|
|8K Road Race||$35.00||$40.00||$45.00||$50.00||$50.00|
|Thrifty Foods Kids Run||$17.00||$17.00||$17.00||$17.00||$17.00|
2016: The marathon witnessed a record number of participants, with over 10,000 runners crossing the finish line. There was a 20% increase in international participants, showcasing its rising global appeal.
2017: An emphasis on eco-friendliness marked this year, with the introduction of biodegradable race bibs and medals made from recycled materials. The ‘Go Green’ initiative was widely appreciated.
2018: The 40th annual event came with the unveiling of a new route that took participants through previously uncharted scenic spots in Victoria, offering a fresh perspective to regulars.
2019: The marathon introduced a digital training program, allowing participants from across the globe to train under the guidance of top coaches, ensuring they were in peak condition come race day.
2020: Due to global health concerns, the marathon pivoted to a virtual format. Yet, participation numbers were impressive, proving the event’s unwavering appeal.
2021: With safety measures in place, the marathon made a grand return to the in-person format. A new category, the ‘Hybrid Race’, allowed runners to choose between virtual and physical participation.
2022: Celebrating resilience and community spirit, this year focused on ‘Running Together’ as its theme. Special training programs for group runs were introduced, fostering community bonding and collective training. Enhanced safety protocols ensured a smooth event, making it a memorable year for participants and organizers alike.
It’s crucial to note that entry fees, once paid, are non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-deferrable. However, certain associated events like the Course Tours, Carbo Gala Dinner, and Post-Race Massage can be refunded until August 31st with a written request. All discussions about refunds, cancellations, or transfers are solely between the event organizers and the registrant.
The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is more than a race. It encapsulates the spirit of athletic endurance, set against the backdrop of nature’s beauty, making it a must-attend for every running enthusiast. Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or a parent introducing your child to the joy of running through the Kids Run, this event promises an unforgettable experience. So, lace up those shoes and prepare to conquer the road.