Race Info

About the PEI Marathon

The Prince Edward Island Marathon is being held on October 15th, 2017. This event provides a welcome boost to tourism during the shoulder season, and is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon. The PEI Marathon has consistently attracted participants from every Province in Canada, the USA, and internationally to Prince Edward Island. In 2016, 18% of the Marathon category participants qualified for the Boston Marathon, a remarkable achievement!

Runners begin at the Brackley entrance in PEI National Park and run along the Gulf Shore Parkway for 4.5 km until just past Covehead Bridge, where they will turn onto the Bayshore Rd and exit the National Park. They will follow the curve of the scenic Covehead Bay while on the Bayshore Rd. Runners will take a left onto the Eastern Rd. and run until they turn onto Highway 6, meeting up with the previous marathon route. This route has been certified and remains a Boston Marathon qualifier. Maps will be posted on the Marathon website.

Marathoners love the beauty of running through Prince Edward Island National Park while they make their way into Charlottetown. We would like to invite residents along the entire route to come out and cheer participants passing by!

Thank you, PEI Marathon



  • Race kit pick-up times are October 13th and 14th – times to be posted.
  • Race Kit pick-up on Sunday, October 15th from 6:30am-8:00am
  • Registration fees are non-refundable. However, if we are notified by email by mid-night Friday, September 30th , 2017 that you will be unable to attend, your registration will be transferred to 2018. Deferrals are only valid for one year.
  • Winners must be in attendance at the post-race ceremonies to collect their awards.


  • Unique Finisher’s Medal
  • ChampionChip™ Professionally Timed Race Result
  • Custom-designed PEI Marathon technical running shirt
  • Personalized Race Bib (if registered by September 9th, 2017)
  • Complimentary Marathon Expo
  • Transportation to the Start Line (Marathoners & first leg corporate/team runners only!)
  • Baggage Check with Finish Line Pick-up
  • On Course Entertainment Course Fuelling Stations (Water, Gatorade, Fruit, Power Gels)
  • Chocolate Stop Fuelling Station (Marathon and Half Marathoners Only)
  • Course Amenities (Toilets & First-Aid)
  • Finish Line Nutrition Emergency Blankets (Marathon and Half-Marathoners Only!)
  • Complimentary Awards Ceremony
  • Medals & Prizes to Top Finishers in Each Event
  • Opportunity to Win Awesome Draw Prizes
  • Downloadable Finisher’s Certificate
*Please refer to our size charts before selecting your shirt size*

Race Day info


Marathon Weekend Event Schedule 

  • 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM Marathon Expo
  • 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM Race Kit Pick Up
  • 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM On-Site Registration 

Saturday, October 14

  • 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Marathon Expo
  • 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Race Kit Pick Up
  • 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM On-Site Registration
  • 9:00 AM – Running Room 3K Friendship Run
  • 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Kids Spud Run On-Site Registration
  • 11:00 AM – First heat, kids ages 6 – 14, 2 laps
  • 11:15 AM – Second heat, kids ages 5 and under, 1 lap 


  • 7:00 AM Buses Depart for National Park Start Line, Confederation Center Entrance Queen St
  • 8:00 AM Full Marathon & Corporate/Team Relay (1st Leg) Corner of Grafton St & Queen St
  • 8:00 AM Full Marathon PEI National Park, Brackley
  • 8:00 AM Corporate/Team Relay PEI National Park, Brackley
  • 9:00 AM Half Marathon Run, Corner of Queen & Grafton St
  • 9:00 AM Half Marathon Walk, Corner of Queen & Grafton St
  • 9:00 AM 10K Run, Corner of Queen & Grafton St
  • 9:00 AM 10K Walk, Corner of Queen & Grafton St
  • 9:00 AM 5K Run, Corner of Queen & Grafton St
  • 9:00 AM 5K Walk, Corner of Queen & Grafton St
  • 10:00 AM 1K Wheelchair Start, Dairy Queen – Univeristy Ave
  • 10:45 AM – 2:15 PM Participant Massage,
  • 2:30 PM – Awards Ceremony,

Participant Swag


Design & colour to be posted! Please refer to the size charts below when choosing your shirt size. Men’s & women’s styles are available.

2017 PEI Marathon Awards Ceremony

The PEI Marathon Awards Ceremony presentation will be held Sunday, October 15th at 2:30PM at the Murphy Community Centre. During the awards ceremony, all category winners will be recognized. The WestJet/Century 21 raffle draw will also take place at the end of the ceremony.

Shuttle Bus


Age Limitations

Age Limitation Chart:
  Under 14 Age 14 – 16 Age 16 – 18 18 and over
Half Marathon Not eligible to participate With parental consent Yes Yes
Full Marathon Not eligible to participate Not eligible to participate With parental consent Yes
*Parents/Guardians are still required to sign the registration form for all participates aged 18 or under. Effective since 2012.

Pace Bunnies

running room
Check out their website for everything running or walking related! They offer exceptional gear, training clinics & much more!
Running Room Pace Bunnies are individuals who have a goal to finish their race in a specific time and therefore will pace accordingly. Our pace bunnies will be identified and their time posted on their backs. Pacers follow a 10:1 system (Run 10 minutes/walk 1 minute) or a Continuous Run system. Each pace bunny will receive a complimentary registration, Running Room t-shirt & hat. If you are interested or would like to find out more information please contact our office.

Rules & Regulations

Registration Policies

Refunds: Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable under any circumstances.

Deferral: If for unforeseen circumstances participants are unable to participate in the event for which they registered, they may defer their registration for the same race to the following year. This deferral is valid only until the next race event (the following year). Participants who opt to switch to race categories with a higher fee structure will be required to pay for differences in race fees. Participants will not be reimbursed if they switch to a race category of a lower fee structure. Switching of race categories is permitted during the Prince Edward Island Marathon Race Weekend, with the same rules as above.

Age Restrictions: As of race day, all participants shall fall within the following age categories for eligibility in the Prince Edward Island Marathon Race Weekend. Full Marathon: – under 16 : not eligible – 16 – 18 : eligible with parental/guardian consent – 18 + : eligible Half Marathon: – under 14 : not eligible – 14 – 16 : eligible with parental/guardian consent – 16 + : eligible * Parents/Guardians must sign the Letter of Consent for participants who fall within the restricted age limit. Parents/Guardians are urged to ensure that the health and safety requirements of youth participants is paramount upon signing the Letter of Consent. Event organizers reserve the right to require proof of age, and to deny entry into any of the races during the Prince Edward Island Marathon Race Weekend.

Liability Disclaimer: Participants shall assume all liability for risk of direct or indirect injury, loss, damage, or death as a consequence of their participation in any of the races during the Prince Edward Island Marathon Race Weekend. Prince Edward Island Marathon Inc. assumes no liability in respect to the state or condition of the surface upon which the event is held and all participants shall ensure that they are satisfied with the state and condition of the surface of the route before commencing the event.


Course Policies

Course Hours: Traffic control, health and safety volunteers, and race officials will start to vacate the course as the last runner passes by or six (6) hours after the start, whichever comes first. Anyone who continues to run on the course after the six (6) hour time limit will be doing so at his/her own risk.

Course Closure: During the Prince Edward Island Marathon Weekend, routes for each race are closed while each race is in progress. Routes are monitored for safety and security by police, course marshals, and Prince Edward Island Marathon officials. Participants are still encouraged to heed caution.

Restricted Items: Bicycles, inline skates, rollerblades, scooters, pets (animals), and segways are banned in every race category.

Use of Strollers: Strollers are permissible in all race categories under the condition that they are positioned at the back of the start group.

Use of Wheelchairs: The Prince Edward Island Marathon course is not fully wheelchair accessible. Subsequently, the Prince Edward Island Marathon Inc. does not sanction the use of wheelchairs on the marathon course. Should a participant wish to pursue using a wheelchair on the Marathon course, he or she will require the support of another able- bodied person, and that person must also be a registered participant in the Prince Edward Island Marathon. Please see our Liability Disclaimer above.

Participant support: Participants receiving nutrition or pacing support from unregistered runners will be disqualified from the event. If participants choose to have a support person aiding them at any point during the race, that support person must also be a registered participant in the event.


Other Policies

Weather: The Race Director reserves the right to cancel or modify any component of the Prince Edward Island Marathon Weekend in consideration of extremely adverse weather conditions or other health or safety factors that pose an imminent threat to participants or volunteers. In the unlikely event of cancellation, registered participants will be entitled to defer their current registration to the following year’s entry fee.

Use of Image: By entering this event, participants give permission for the free use of his/her name, voice, or picture in any broadcast, marketing, promotion, or other medium in relation to any Prince Edward Island Marathon activity.

Unforeseen Circumstances: If, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Prince Edward Island Marathon Weekend is cancelled or modified, the entire liability of Prince Edward Island Marathon Inc. is limited to the registration fee only. Prince Edward Island Marathon Inc. will not cover any further costs and/or expenses incurred by participants.

Water & Nutrition Stops

water and nutrition stops

Parking and Traffic


There is plenty of free parking both at the start and finish lines. At the start line, parking is available in Prince Edward Island National Park at the Brackley Beach Complex change facilities; at the finish line, there are 2 parkades near the Confederation Centre (Queen St and Fitzroy) as well as a large parking lot at Confederation Landing Park located off Water Street. There is also a big parking lot on Kent Street near Holland College. We strongly encourage everyone to park in the parkades instead of on the street. (The parkades are free on weekends!) There will be no parking on Prince Street between Euston Street and King Street; anyone who parks there will risk being towed at owner’s expense.


The Prince Edward Island Marathon Weekend runs from Friday, October 13 to Sunday October 15, 2017. The Marathon brings over 3,000 participants to PEI from all over North America and also has several International participants in the running/walking events.
The Kids Spud Run takes place Saturday, October 14th.
Some of the other events taking place during the Marathon Weekend include the Pasta Supper and the Marathon Expo.
Residents and visitors can experience some traffic delays across PEI on Sunday, October 15, due to the number of participants on the highways, for their safety.
Please note there will be one-way traffic (eastbound) only from the Brackley entrance to the Dalvay entrance of the National Park from 7:30 am to approximately 10:00 am. Full road closures will be in effect on Sherwood Rd. between Brackley Point Rd. and Route #2 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm and on University Ave. between Kirkwood Ave. and Grafton St. from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Travelers should also note that Grafton St. from Queen St. to Church St., and University Ave. from Kent to Grafton St., will be closed from 5:00 am to 3:00 pm to host the finish area and once again to ensure the safety of all participants.
Spectators are encouraged to come down to the finish line on the corner of University Ave. and Grafton St. to cheer on all participants from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm.

PARKING & TRAFFIC NOTICE for October 15th, 2017:

PARKING: There will be NO PARKING signs put in place on Prince Street from Euston St. to King St. to discourage Marathon participants, families, and friends from parking there. Volunteers will be in place along the downtown route to make sure that only churchgoers park near church areas. Parking in no parking zones is at your own risk and you might be towed.

TRAFFIC: Residents and visitors might experience some traffic delays across PEI on Sunday, October 15, due to the number of participants on the roads and highways as we prepare for their safety.

On Sunday Oct. 15, full road closures will be in effect in the following areas:

• Sherwood Road between Brackley Point Rd. and Route #2 from 9 am to 2 pm

• University Ave. between Kirkwood Ave. and Grafton Street from 9 am to 2 pm

• Grafton St. from 2 am to 4 pm to host the finish area and ensure the safety of participants and the general public.

• Gulf Shore Parkway between National Park Brackley entrance to Bayshore Rd turn off from 7:30 am to 9:00 am


Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when can you pick up your Race Kits?

You can pick up your race kits on October 13th from 12:00pm-6:00pm and October 14th from 9:00am-7:00pm at the Murphy Community Center, 200 Richmond St.. NEW! Race Kit pick-up on Sunday, October 15th from 6:30am-8:am, YOU MUST PICK THIS OPTION WHILE REGISTERING WITH RACE ROSTER – $10. Can a friend/family member pick up my race kit? Yes. Is there a registration cutoff date? Online registration as well as mail/fax in registrations closes on October 12th at midnight. Last day to defer your registration is Friday, September 29 at midnight. If you miss registration before these times, on-site registration will be available at the marathon headquarters on October 13 and 14. How can I register for one of the races?
  1. Register online by clicking the registration link and race category.
  2. Print off our registration form available under the registration page and fax it to (902) 566-5841 or mail it to: PEI Marathon, 40 Enman Crescent – Room 220, Charlottetown, PE, C1E 1E6. Please note that a $3.00 processing fee will be applied to all mailed/faxed registrations.
  3. Onsite registration is available on October 13 and 14 at race headquarters, The Murphy Community Center, 200 Richmond St. On-site registration is not available on race day – October 15.
I registered for one race but would like to switch to another, what do I do? Your registration can be changed when you come to pick up your registration kit. If you are switching to a category which is more expensive you will be required to pay the difference. However, if you are switching to a category which is less expensive no refund will be provided, sorry. The deferral cut-off is Friday, September 29, 2017. If you decide to change categories after this date it must be done at race headquarters when you register. Please be reminded, there are no refunds for any registration. If I need to cancel my registration, what is the process? If you are unable to participate in your registered race we will transfer your registration to the following year if notified before Friday, September 29, 2017. Unfortunately we are unable to provide any refunds. Is there a cap on any of the categories?

No! We do not have a limited amount of participants allowed on any of the categories. The more the merrier!

What is the weather like in Charlottetown in mid October?

The surrounding waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the north and the Northumberland Strait to the south moderate the Island’s weather. Early autumn in the Island is characterized as clear and bright. Mornings are usually cool, while afternoons can be quite warm. Typically, the weather on race day has been between 5 – 15°C.

Can I use the PEI Marathon to qualify for Boston?

Yes, you can use the PEI Marathon’s Full Marathon to qualify for the Boston Marathon. The course is a certified Boston Marathon qualifier. 

Gun vs Chip Timing – What’s the Difference?

Official Time or Gun Time is the time from when the race starts (gun/horn goes off) to when you cross the finish line mat (a chip records your personal finish time). Official Time is used by organizations like IAAF, Athletics Canada, USATF, and AIMS and International Awards standards. Official Time is important for competitive runners – that’s why they like to be right up front. They can keep an eye on each other from the word go! Chip time – think of it as your own personal time. Chip time starts when you cross the mat and activate your chip, and it stops when you cross the finish line mat. It helps when there are a few thousand people ahead of you. You can find out your exact walking or running time.

Are participant massages available?

Free 10 minute massages are available to participants in the full marathon and the half marathon at the Murphy Community Center, 200 Richmond St from 10:45am-2:15pm.

What events are specifically for walkers? We have many events which are in for walkers only including:
  • Half Marathon Walk
  • 10K Walk
  • 5K Walk
All walkers will be timed and ranked according to age/sex categories. When registered in a walking category please keep in mind that running/jogging is not permitted and will result in disqualification. It is permitted to walk in a running category but you CANNOT RUN if entered in a walking category.
What are the routes like?

The routes can be described as mainly flat and fast. In designing the full marathon route, we wanted to let runners sample the different terrains and vistas the Island has to offer. Marathoners will be running from Prince Edward Island National Park on the north shore of the Island to the capital city, Charlottetown on the south shore. Half-marathoners, 10K and 5K participants will start their race in downtown Charlottetown making a loop through the city. Province House National Historic Site will beckon all runners and walkers to the finish line.

 During the race is there a secure location I can leave my personal belongings?

Yes, we will have a secure area on race day to store personal belongings for participants. On the bottom of your bib there is a baggage tag, which you should attach to the bag that your personal belongings are in. The tag will have your bib number. You must have your race bib as identification to claim your belongings.

 Is there medical support during the race?

Yes, there is on-site medical support, via personnel and vehicle support, both throughout the course and at the finish line. Each year, we continue to enhance the level of medical support provided to ensure your health and safety.

 Should I get Travel Insurance? We do recommend that if you are travelling from out-of-province, that you obtain your own travel insurance to cover additional medical expenses, should you incur any.

I would like to volunteer, how do I register? We require around 300 volunteers to make the Marathon Weekend a success. Please click the following link to sign up Volunteer Registration. What events are youth eligible to participate in?

The Kids Spud Run, on Saturday, October 14th is a free & fun event. It is a 1km run around the UPEI Alumni Track for ages 0 – 14. The 5K Run & Walk takes place on Sunday, October 15th at the same start line as the 10K & Half Marathon. Youth can register for the other categories as long as a parent or guardian will be running with them (as a registered participant) and sign the child’s registration form.

Where can I purchase official PEI Marathon merchandise? You can get your official PEI marathon merchandise during the expo at our booth. We have a variety of crested items, shoe laces, running hats, toques, scarves, t-shirt, sweaters, jackets and much more! They make a great souvenir or gift. Can I get support from someone not running? Participants receiving nutrition or pacing support from unregistered runners will be disqualified from the event. If participants choose to have a support person aiding them at any point during the race, that support person must also be a registered participant in the event. Can I use the PEI Marathon to raise money for a charity? The PEI Marathon’s official charity is the Canadian Mental Health Association of PEI. You can donate or start a fundraising campaign online during your registration process. Will there be parking available at the start line? At the finish line?

Yes, there is plenty of free parking both at the start and finish line. At the Marathon and Corporate Relay start line, 300 parking spaces are available in the Brackley Beach parking lot, immediately adjacent to the start line and washroom/change facilities. At the finish line, there are 2 parkades (Queen St & Fitzroy) near the Confederation Center. We highly encourage everyone to park at the parkades instead of the street. (The parkades are free on weekends!)

Will there be transportation provided to the Marathon start line in Prince Edward Island National Park at Brackley Beach?

The PEI Marathon Shuttle will have several buses taking marathon & corporate relay 1st leg participants from in front of the Confederation Center to the start line in the National Park, Brackley entrance. All buses leave at 7am, sharp! Transportation is only available to Marathon and Corporate Relay (1st Leg) participants. Our partner hotels are within walking distance of the Confederation Center. If you require bus transportation please indicate this on your registration form and sign your name on the transportation sheet when you register on-site.

What do the PEI Marathon proceeds go towards? The PEI Marathon is a non-profit event that takes all the proceeds and puts them right back into the event to make it bigger and better for the next year. The PEI Marathon has helped local groups raise over $50,000 through various fundraising initiatives. What are shirt sizes like? Running shirts are available in men’s, women’s, and children’s sizes. The women’s shirts are more fitted than the men’s. Please try to estimate your shirt size accordingly. The size chart can be found on the registration page. Can I switch my t-shirt size when I pick up my race kit? The size you ordered with your registration is the only size we can pass out until Saturday, October 14th at 6:00pm. After that, you can switch to a different size depending on availability. What other events are happening on Marathon Weekend? As part of Marathon Weekend the whole family can participate in the following activities:
  • Expo – Friday October 13th & Saturday October 14th during Registration hours Murphy Community Center
  • Kids Spud Run (FREE) – Saturday, October 14th UPEI Alumni Track
For the Full Marathon schedule please click here.

Course Records

PEI Marathon Male & Female Course Records

  Time Name Year
Marathon 2:32:58 Stanley Chaisson 2009
  2:53:22 Jen Nicholson 2009
Half Marathon 1:12:14 Stanley Chaisson 2007
  1:23:19 Jen Nicholson 2012
Half Marathon Walk 2:21:22 Sebastien Doiron 2007
  2:25:10 Kanoka Kimura 2006
10K Run 32:40:00 Stanley Chaisson 2013
  37:30:00 Rosie Mullins 2006
10K Walk 0:52:39 Brian Paynter 2011
  0:57:25 June MacIntyre 2014
5K Run 0:17:01 Michael Rogers 2014
  0:19:12 Tori Fitzpatrick 2013
5K Walk 0:32:57 Alan Mendoza 2014
  0:32:19 Megan Corrigan 2015
Nordic Half Marathon Walk 3:06:41 Bill Trewin 2008
  3:06:07 Linda Fullerton 2008
Nordic 10K Walk 1:33:51 Donna McCully & Sherri Gallant 2008