Grant Thornton Full Marathon

 

The Grant Thornton Full Marathon  is October 20th, 2019, and begins at 8:00 AM just past east of the entrance to the Brackley Beach Complex in the Prince Edward Island National Park (transportation is available for marathoners only).

Shuttle schedule available HERE

If you will be driving to the start line, click here and enter your starting address to get directions to the start line. Please note that the Gulf Shore Parkway will be closed to all traffic from the Brackley Beach Complex to the Bayshore Road from 7:30am to approximately 10:30am.

Click here to see the Interactive PEI Marathon Route Maps

For  turn by turn route directions click here.

The marathon course is described as having rolling hills and one of the most scenic marathon routes.

The PEI Full Marathon attracts participants from across PEI, Atlantic Canada, the USA, and from around the world. It is a 42K run through scenic Queen’s County, PEI, and we encourage you to join in the fun and friendly competition on Marathon Day. See you en route!

Marathon Route Description

The start line is on the Gulf Shore Parkway just east of the entrance to the Brackley Beach change facilities, and marathoners proceed to the east along the Gulf Shore Parkway towards Dalvay. You will enjoy views of Prince Edward Island National Park’s sand dunes and beaches and hear the crash of waves along the north shore. To the south, there will be views of Brackley and Covehead Bays. A breathtaking view of the Covehead Lighthouse and miles of sand dunes and white sandy beaches greet you as you reach the top of the bridge. Deep sea fishing boats are often seen passing under the bridge, accessing the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Continuing on, you will turn right on the Bayshore Road and exit the National Park. You will follow along the beauty of the Covehead Bay while on the Bayshore Rd. You will take a left onto the Eastern Rd. and continue until you turn onto Highway 6. You will head inland on Highway 6, traveling south into the community of Grand Tracadie. You cross the bridge over the Winter River in the community of Corran Ban. Look to the left as you cross the bridge and notice the lines of buoys marking the mussel farming in Tracadie Bay. You are also likely to see a number of Great Blue Herons fishing in the Bay. The next 5 km travel inland along Highway 6 toward Mill Cove. This portion of the course runs through rolling agricultural land and into the community of Bedford Station, the halfway point of the Marathon. 

At this point you will turn right onto the Confederation Trail (former railway bed converted to Island-wide trail system). The “half mat” will be at this point, 21.3K, for safety reasons. The Confederation Trail is a well-maintained fine gravel trail – basically flat with some long gradual grades. Over the next 12.5 km, runners will enjoy the quiet scenery and fall colours as they wind their way through mixed forest and agricultural fields.

The first section of trail is 3.8 km in length and takes runners to Suffolk Station. As the runners progress across Highway 222, they pass just south of one of the three well fields (in the Winter River Watershed) that provides the City of Charlottetown with its water. 

Another 3.75 km of trail, takes the runner to Highway 25 in York, a community well known by gardeners worldwide as the home of Veseys Seeds. Look to the left at approximately 26km to see a farm field full of hundreds of bright orange pumpkins ready to be picked for Halloween.

Continuing on the Confederation Trail another 2.8 km takes us to Union Road, just south of the second well field (Union) that supplies water to the City of Charlottetown, and just north of the Charlottetown Airport.

The final section of trail is 2.2 km long, taking us to approximately the 34 km mark, where you leave the Confederation Trail and turn left in front of the corporate headquarters of the world’s finest cookware, Paderno, heading south onto the paved highway. You then head south 1.45 km and then turn right in to the Sherwood Cemetery and then right on to Sherwood Rd with a quick down hill followed by a climb back up to head towards the intersection with Highway 2.

A left onto Hwy 2 and the you are looking straight in to the finish of the marathon (however, its still another 5.5 km!). The portion of the course on Hwy 2 is downhill, across the By-Pass Highway and up hill to the point where Hwy 2 joins University Avenue by the Charlottetown Mall. Another downhill and uphill takes us past the University of Prince Edward Island.

You cross Belvedere Avenue and pass the Experimental Farm property on your left. As you pass the CBC building there is only one mile left. Its down to 1 km when we pass Pond Street.

After crossing Euston Street on to Great George St.,  you get a spectacular view of the War Memorial, Province House National Historic Site and the Confederation Centre of the Arts — and of course the finish line! The streets will be crowded with cheering spectators, but even better, we see the last 350 metres of the marathon, with the grand finish line at the south end of Great George St.