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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, October 7, 2018
2017: Sunday, October 8, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Mostly Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 47°F (8°C)
Average High: 54°F (12°C)
Average Low: 40° F (4°C)

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.13
Course Score: 98.13

Race Size

2017: 1,069 Finishers
2016: 1,100 Finishers
2015: 1,202 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 17.1%
2016: 16.6%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Victoria Marathon is a beautiful, seaside course with lots of mild undulations and lots of flat sections as well. There is about 35 meters of elevation difference between the high and low points of the course.

The typically cool, though possibly wet, weather coupled with a relatively flat course can make the Victoria Marathon a good PR course or Boston Qualifier.

Marathon Rankings

The Victoria Marathon was the 5th largest marathon in Canada last year and was the 6th largest in 2016.

Last year 17.1% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 16.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Victoria Marathon the 17th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in Canada last year and the 19th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 98.13 ranks it as the 25th fastest marathon course in Canada and the 4th fastest course in British Columbia.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Victoria Marathon a PR Score of 98.13. This PR Score ranks it as the 23rd fastest marathon in Canada and the 4th fastest in British Columbia.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 88 feet (26m)
Min Elevation: 12 feet (3m)


Recent Victoria Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 1 Reviews
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review of 2013 Victoria Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


As a package, Victoria may be the best in BC. The marathon course is undulating, but keeping an even effort, you can optimize for a good result. Familiarity helps. If you have never done it, you can pretty well drive the whole course and should. I believe they actually do have a course tour.

Race Tips

Avoid the urge to go too fast at the start and try to hold even effort (not pace) as there are a lot of ups and downs. The scenery will distract you as it is fabulous course. Weather can be damp, but between half and full I've done this race 10 times (5 each) starting in 2000 through 2013 and mostly it has been great running weather - cool, light cloud to sunny, sometimes with a shower (generally not).

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

There are many hotels near the start/finish, but you need to decide early and get on it if you want a good price and proximity. If you aren't hunting bargains, go for the Empress Hotel right on the harbour, about 400m from the finish.

Finish Time Equivalent

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