Our frequently asked questions
Are race shirts unisex or men/women?
The shirts are gender specific. Click here for the shirt sizing chart.
Can I exchange my race shirt?
Shirt Exchange is ONLY available on Sunday morning, at Gear Check.
Is the Servus Edmonton Marathon a Boston Qualifier?
Yes, the 2018 Servus Edmonton Marathon is a qualifier for the 2019 Boston Marathon.
What are the start times for each race?
Click here for the Schedule of Events.
What are the awards times?
Click here for the Schedule of Events.
Are there age restrictions on any of the events?
18 years old is the recommended minimum age for the Marathon. For the Half Marathon, previous Half Marathon experience and/or proper training is recommended.
When is Package Pick-up?
Shaw Conference Center
9797 Jasper Avenue NW, Edmonton AB
Friday, August 17th from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 18th from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Is Breakfast included in my Registration Fee?
Brunch is included in the Army 10km Presented by The Loyal Edmonton Regiment, Half and Full Marathon registrations fees. Additional tickets can be purchased for $20 for adults - Buy Now or $10 for kids 12 and under (can be purchased on race day at the Brunch)
When can I get a massage?
Massages are available on SUNDAY only. You can pre-purchase a massage on line when you register. Walk-up’s are also welcome ($30 per massage CASH ONLY) at Massage Area in the Shaw Conference Centre Riverview Room (on same floor as Hall D / Brunch / Gear Check). Massages available between 9:00 a.m.and 2:00 p.m.
Is there a Gear Check or bag drop on race day?
Gear Check on Sunday opens at 5:45 a.m. and closes at 2:00 pm (Shaw Conference Centre Hall D). Any items not picked up by 2:00pm will be donated to charity. Event Organziers assume no risk for items left at Gear Check.
Will there be a lost & found?
Yes, it will be at Gear Check on Sunday morning. Please note all items not claimed by 2:00 p.m. will be donated to charity.
Can I raise funds for charities other than KidSport?
KidSport is the Official Charity of Choice for the Edmonton Marathon. Other Supporting Charities are listed on the Donate Tab here. If you would like to support another charity, please check the Running Room Giving Site here. We also have a Volunteer in Kind Program for Charities - for more information please contact [email protected]
TRANSFERS AND REFUNDS
If I can’t make the race can I get a refund?
No, there are no refunds for the race.
Can I transfer to another event?
Participants can transfer themselves to a different event.
Go to Participant Self-Transfer
To transfer to any distance there will be a $12 transfer fee. Please note the difference in registrations fees is non-refundable. If you want to transfer up in distance, you must pay the difference in registration fees.
Can I transfer my bib to another person?
Yes, you can transfer your bib to another person. The transfer fee is $12 plus tax and processing fee.
How frequent are the mile or kilometer markers?
What are the different pace-bunny times?
Half Marathon: 1:50, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45/Complete
Marathon: 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 5:00/Complete
What will be offered at the Water stations?
Water stations will be at roughly the following KM points: 3.5K, 6.5K, 9K (Gels), 12K (Gels), 14.5, 17.5K, 21K, 24K (Gels), 27K, 30K, 32K, 36K, 39K (Gels).
Honey Stinger Energy Gels (Chocolate, Vanilla, Mango, and Kiwi Strawberry) and Energy Chews (Pomegranate, Limeade, Orange, and Cherry Cola) are available at the specified water stations.
Ultima Replenisher (Wild Raspberry) is available at ALL water stations.
Where are the washrooms located?
The washrooms are at every water station along the course.
Are there restrictions on how I can participate?
For Sunday Army 10km Presented by The Loyal Edmonton Regiment, Half and Full Marathon Events, no running strollers, roller blades, support vehicles, escort runners, ear buds, pets or cyclists allowed.
Can I run with my stroller?
Strollers are only allowed in the 5km Run/Walk event. Participants with strollers will be placed at the back of the group, and asked to stay on the outside of runners (either to the right or left).
Can I bring my dog?
No, animals are not allowed in this race.
Will roads be impacted?
For info on road closures, traffic delays, parking, and neighbourhood access, go to edmonton.ca/marathon
Will transit be impacted?
ETS Detours & Bus Stop Closures will be in effect on Jasper Ave, Downtown and along the route. ETS customers are encouraged to leave extra travel time and plan ahead using the Trip Planner on takeETS.com. Regular fares apply.
ABC KIDS' 1KM FUN RUN/WALK
What is the ABC Kids 1km fun Run/Walk? How long does it take?
The ABC Kids 1km fun Run/Walk is a fun and active combination of a several fitness activity stations, followed by approximately a 1km run. It has been designed for kids of all ages to assist with the skills of running, jumping, and throwing that spans all abilities. It is a gender equitable program, and is adaptive to special needs children, and children with disabilities. The fitness activity stations are not timed and can be done in any order, and as many times as you would like – set-up for Mom & Dad and all spectators to be right beside the activity to cheer and take photos. The run is a mass start, with children lined up in age groups, led by the older & larger children first.The fitness activity stations take approximately 30-40 minutes and the run takes 10-15 minutes.
Thanks to 'NSTEP for providing the support and volunteers for the ABC Kids 1km Activities and Run. 'NSTEP is dedicated to supporting the academic, physical and emotional health of Edmonton youth and families. Come out with the whole family and join the 'NSTEP team in learning the simple steps that will take your family to a whole new level. More information about 'NSTEP can be found at www.nstep.ca.
May I run with my child during the Kids Run?
Which events are timed?
The 5km, Army 10km Presented by The Loyal Edmonton Regiment, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon events are timed. The ABC Kids 1km fun Run/Walk is NOT timed.
When and where will results be posted?
Results will be posted online through www.sportstats.ca.
Do I have to return my timing chip?
No, they are recyclable.
What is the difference between chip time and gun time?
Chip timing is able to register with the mats at the start and finish line; therefore, it gives you a time that reflects the true distance you ran. However, chip timing is only for personal interest; it is not used for official results. Here is a quick “official” response to this question:
According to IAAF rules, race results and awards should be based on official time or GUN TIME (the time from the start gun to the crossing of the finish line). They should not be based on net times found by subtracting the time of crossing the start mat from the time of crossing the finish mat, if chip timing is used with a start mat.
Chip times can be displayed on the official results as well as the gun times, but should not be used to sort the finishers.Running is a true sport and the “winners” are decided by whomever gets to the finish line first, regardless of the exact time you cross the start mat. Any athlete that believes they can win overall or age group should make the effort to be close to the start line.
Could there be a discrepancy between the Gun Time and my GPS?
Yes, there could be; a distance discrepancy could be the results of a number of things: Runners may add distance by starting back of the start line, tend to take longer turns, water stops, inexperience of the course, softer side on the roadway or not consistently running a straight line.
Consumer grade GPS units take readings which can be plotted on a graph, the readings can be every 1 to 20 seconds. The readings are affected by satellite position, signal noise, natural barriers or where/how your GPS unit is held (e.g. on your arm). GPS units are listed as accurate within 3-10m, this applies throughout the course of readings. Road race courses are measured using a calibrated mechanical counter measuring the 'shortest possible route’ (SPR). Multiple measures are compared to ensure accuracy. Over the total distance it is common to have a GPS register a distance longer than the measured distance.
Are headphones allowed on course?
Runner safety is our #1 priority. If listening to music prevents, or jeopardizes any runner safety you may be disqualified from the race. We have found that earbuds, or headphones that completely cover the ear prevent runners from hearing course marshal instructions, and outside ambient sounds (e.g. vehicles/traffic). Road races, such as the Servus Edmonton Marathon, take place on shared roadways with vehicles, and cyclists, and Race Organizers are not able to obtain complete closures of all course roadways. When runners share roadways with traffic it can be very dangerous if they are unable to hear the surrounding traffic, signals from race officials, police, or instructions from course marshals.
How long do I have to complete my race?
The roads re-open to traffic at 2:00 p.m.