Race Info

FAQ

About the PEI Marathon

Registration for the PEI Marathon Weekend October 16-17th, 2021 is now open. All planning will be in compliance with PEI’s Chief Public Health Office.

Please note that any necessary changes required by the CPHO office prior to event weekend will be put in place at that time and details will be posted.

For more information regarding PEI Marathon’s COVID measures, please click here.

The 17th annual Prince Edward Island Marathon supporting Canadian Mental Health Association – PEI weekend is October 16th –  17th, 2021. The route for the Grant Thornton Full Marathon takes runners through the beautiful fall colours on PEI and is a Boston Qualifier. In 2016, the PEI Marathon was voted one of the top 5 Boston Qualifiers in Canada.

The PEI Marathon Weekend is a 2 day running and walking event for 2021. The Jacob Simmons 5K Spud Run, Goodlife Fitness 10K Run, and the Bell Let’s Talk 5 & 10K Walks for Mental Health will take place on Saturday October 16th, 2021. They will be out and back routes along the Charlottetown waterfront starting at on Prince St by Confederation Landing, and finishing on Great George St by Peakes Quay. 

The Grant Thornton Full Marathon, Subaru of Charlottetown Corporate/Team Relay, and Dairy Farmers of Canada Half Marathon Run and Bell Let’s Talk Half Marathon Walk all take place on Sunday October 17th, 2021. The Full Marathon and Corporate/Team Relay begin at the Brackley entrance in PEI National Park and run along the Gulf Shore Parkway.  The Half Marathon Run and Walk start in the heart of Charlottetown on Grafton St in front of the COWS store and runs through Charlottetown along the waterfront before taking the trail. All routes on Sunday end in historic Downtown Charlottetown. 

Hope to see you in 2021!!

Thank you,

PEI Marathon

Registration – NOW OPEN!!

Please click here to read PEI Marathon’s COVID 19 statement. 

We are excited to be preparing for the 2021 Prince Edward Island Marathon Weekend happening October 16-17.

We will be working with the Chief Public Health Office to ensure that all PEI COVID-19 guidelines are adhered to. As always, our number one priority will be the safety of everyone involved in the event.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND:

  • *Subject to Change* Race Kit Pick Up times are October 15th 11:00pm – 7:00pm and October 16th 11:00am – 7:00pm @ the DELTA PRINCE EDWARD(18 Queen St, Charlottetown)
  • Race kit must be picked up at kit pick up times on Friday or Saturday as Race Day Kit Pick up will not be available for 2021.
  • Vaccination record showing (2 doses +14 days) and a government issued photo id must be shown at race kit pick up to receive your race kit
  • Registration fees are non-refundable. However, if we are notified by email by mid-night Friday, October 1, 2021, that you will be unable to attend, your registration will be transferred to 2022. Deferrals are only valid for one year.

WHAT YOU GET FOR YOUR REGISTRATION FEE:

  • Unique Finisher’s Medal
  • Atlantic Chip Sport Timing – Race Result
  • Custom-designed PEI Marathon technical running shirt
  • Transportation to the Start Line (Marathoners & first leg team relay runners only!)
  • On Course Entertainment Course Fueling Stations (Water, Gatorade, Fruit, Gels)
  • Course Amenities (Toilets & First-Aid)
  • Finish Line Nutrition
  • Medals & Prizes to Top Finishers in Each Event
  • Downloadable Finisher’s Certificate

**Please refer to our size charts before selecting your shirt size (men’s sizing & women’s sizing)*

Race Day info

Due to COVID, we will not have an info booklet. 

 

Marathon Weekend Event Schedule 

PLEASE NOTE THIS 2021 MARATHON WEEKEND SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AS WE PLAN AROUND COVID 19 PROTOCOLS.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15

  • 11:00am – 7:00pm – Race Kit Pick Up – Delta Prince Edward (18 Queen St, Charlottetown, PEI) – this will be the only time for 5 & 10K participants to pick up their race kit.  Vaccination Record and Government issued photo ID will be checked at pick up. There will be no race kit pick up on race morning. 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16

  • 8:00 am – Jacob Simmons 5K Spud Run – Prince St by Confederation Landing
  • 8:00 am – Bell Let’s Talk 5K Walk for Mental Health start Prince St by Confederation Landing
  • 8:30 am – GoodLife Fitness 10K Run – Prince St by Confederation Landing
  • 8:30 am – Bell Let’s Talk 10K Walk for Mental Health start – Prince St by Confederation Landing
  • 11:00am – 7:00pm Race Kit Pick up – Delta Prince Edward (18 Queen St, Charlottetown, PEI) Vaccination Record and Government issued photo ID will be checked at pick up. There will be no race kit pick up on race morning..

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17

  • 6:30 am – Buses  for Grant Thornton Full Marathon – Confederation Center Entrance Queen St
  • 6:30 am – Buses  for Subaru of Charlottetown  Corporate Relay (leg one participant only) Depart for Marathon Start Line in Brackley Beach, PEI National Park.  Confederation Center Entrance Queen St
  • 7:30 am  Grant Thornton Full Marathon Start – Brackley Beach, PEI National Park 
  • 7:30 am – Subaru of Charlottetown Team Relay (1st Leg) Start – Brackley Beach, PEI National Park 
  • 9:00 am –  Dairy Farmers of Canada Half Marathon Run, Corner of Queen & Grafton St
  • 9:00 am – Bell Let’s Talk Half Marathon Walk for Mental Health, Corner of Queen & Grafton St

Participant Swag

 

2021 PARTICIPANT T-SHIRT 

 

 

Please refer to the size charts below when choosing your shirt size. Men’s & Women’s styles are available.

 

SIZE CHART

 Women 

Men 

 

2021 PARTICIPANT MEDALS  

 

 

INFORMATION FOR THE 2021 AWARDS PRESENTATION COMING SOON
Please note for 2021, the top participants in each category will be determined by chip time. 

Due to COVID and gathering limits, age category prizes will not be offered in 2021. 

 

Shuttle Bus 

Complimentary Start Line shuttle service to the will be available to all Full Marathon Participants as well to everyone participating in Leg 1 of the Corporate Relay.

Participants must wear a mask while on the shuttle bus to the start line. 

These shuttles will leave from the Confederation Centre of the arts at 6:30am on Sunday October 17th, 2021 and will arrive at the Full Marathon/Relay Start Line in Brackley at 7:00am. Race will start at 7:30am.

Confederation Centre of the Arts

145 Richmond Street

Charlottetown, PE C1A 1J1

Buses will be located at the Queen Street Entrance

Age Limitations

Age Limitation Chart:
Category 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.

For youth considering running or walking the 10K or over, please consider the following before registering for an event. 

  1. Do I have five to six days a week available for training?
  2. Am I going to run/walk the race or run the entire distance?
  3. What are my time/race goals? Do I just want to finish standing up or run a sub-4 hour marathon?
  4. Am I mentally ready to run the distance, and even more importantly, am I physically conditioned for the training and race?

    We strongly recommend that anyone considering a half marathon or further distance checks with their doctor before starting the training.

Pace Bunnies

Due to COVID 19 regulations, there will be no Pace Bunnies at the 2021 PEI Marathon. 

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). The deadline to defer is October 10th, 2021.

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

2021 Nutrition Brands & Flavours 

Item                         Brand                             Flavour 

Gels                           Hammer Gels                  Chocolate & Vanilla

Sports Drink            Gatorade                           TBA

Fruit                          Bananas 

Chocolate Milk        

Chocolate Milk – The Official Recovery Beverage of the PEI Marathon!     

Participant Nutrition Chart

Click HERE to Enlarge

Parking and Traffic

Parking

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.

Traffic

The Prince Edward Island Marathon Weekend runs from Friday, October 15th to Sunday October 17th, 2021. The Marathon brings over 2,000 participants to PEI from all over North America and also has several International participants in the running/walking events.
 
Residents and visitors can experience some traffic delays across PEI on Sunday, October 17th, due to the number of participants on the highways, for their safety.
 
The Gulf Shore Parkway between the Brackley entrance and the Bayshore Rd inside the National Park from will be closed from 7:30 am to approximately 10:00 am.
 
Full road closures within Charlottetown will be in effect as follows:
 
Saturday October 16th:
  • Water St Between Prince St and Havalind from 7:30am – 11:00am
  • Havalind/Rochford St. from 7:30am – 11:00am
  • Victoria Park Roadway from 7:30 am – 10:30am

Sunday October 17th:

  • Sherwood Rd. between Brackley Point Rd. and Route #2 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • University Ave. between Kirkwood Ave. and Grafton St. from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.
  • 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 17th, 2021:

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 20, due to the number of participants on the roads and highways as we prepare for their safety.

On Saturday Oct. 16, full road closures will be in effect in the following areas:

  • Water St Between Prince St and Havalind from 7:30am – 11:00am
  • Havalind/Rochford St. from 7:30am – 11:00am
  • Victoria Park Roadway from 7:30 am – 10:30am

On Sunday Oct. 17, 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

What are the current regulations regarding travel to PEI?

All travelers to PEI must have a PEI Pass to enter the province. To apply for your PEI Pass, click here.

Other travel requirements and testing policies are are in place and can be reviewed at the following links:

Travel Requirements
PEI’s Moving Forward Plan

What are the COVID policies that apply to PEI Marathon?

Please see the COVID information on this page

Where and when can you pick up your Race Kits?

Race Kit Pick up will be held at the Delta Prince Edward (18 Queen St, Charlottetown) on October 15th and 16th. The times for kit pick up are 11:00am to 7:00pm on both days. The only time for 5 & 10K participants to pick up their race kits is Friday October 15th, 11:ooam – 7:00pm. There will be no race kit pick up on the morning of the events.  Proof of vaccination (2 doses +14 days) must be shown to pick up your race kit, this will be a copy of your vaccination record and a government issued photo id. 

Can a friend/family member pick up my race kit?

More information coming soon 

Is there a registration cutoff date?

Online registration as well as mail/fax in registrations closes on October 15th at midnight.  If you miss registration before these times, on-site registration will be available at the marathon headquarters on October 15 and 16. Last day to defer your registration is Sunday, October 10th at midnight.

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 on the registration page and fax it to (902) 368-4548 or mail it to: PEI Marathon, 40 Enman Crescent – Room 220, Charlottetown, PE, C1E 1E6. 
  3. Onsite registration is available on October 15th and 16th at race headquarters, The Delta Prince Edward, 18 Queen St. On-site registration is not available on race days – October 16th & 17th.

Is there a price for youth?

Yes, in 2018, we introduced a youth rate for our 5km run or walk and our 10km run or walk categories. The age for youth is 17 & under. To register check out the registration link.

Are strollers allowed in the event?

Yes, strollers are permissible in all race categories under the condition that they are positioned at the back of the start group.

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 transfer cut-off is Sunday, October 10, 2021. 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 Sunday, October 10st, 2021. Unfortunately we are unable to provide any refunds.

Is there a cap on any of the categories?

More information coming soon

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?

Massages will not be available in 2021

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-marathoner, 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?

Unfortunately baggage check will not be available this year. 

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 (opening soon).

What events are youth eligible to participate in?

The 5K Run & Walk takes place on Saturday, October 16th on Prince St by Confederation Landing. 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?

We have a variety of crested items, shoe laces, running hats, toques, scarves, t-shirt, sweaters, jackets and much more! We also have an online store selling many other PEI Marathon crested apparel and accessories.

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. Click here for more information about how you can fundraise.

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!). Check out our interactive maps here to see available parking as well as road closures.

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

The PEI Marathon Shuttle details will be availabel for the Marathon and first leg runner in the Corporate Relay. The shuttle will leave at 6:30 from the Confederation Centre Box office on Queen St.  

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 16th at 6:00pm. After that, you can switch to a different size depending on availability.

Is there a cut off time for the Marathon course?

There is no official cut off time, however, 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.

Are dogs allowed in the event?

Due to the large number of participants that we have, we do not allow dogs in any of the PEI Marathon event categories. If you are traveling to PEI with your dog, there are many great boarding options available to take your dog in for the day. Click here to see a list. 

 

 

Course Records

PEI Marathon Male & Female Course Records

Race

Name

Time

Year

Full Marathon

Stanley Chaisson

2:32:58

2009

 

Jen Nicholson

2:53:22

2009

Half Marathon

Stanley Chaisson

1:12:14

2007

 

Jen Nicholson

1:23:19

2012

Half Marathon Walk

Sebastien Doiron

2:21:22

2007

 

Hongmei Liu

2:25:00

2019

16K Run

Scott Clark

1:10:30

2019

 

Kristy Moore

1:15:11

2019

16K Walk

Kevin MacIsaac

2:26:58

2019

 

Amanda Winchester

2:31:28

2019

10K Run

Stanley Chaisson

0:32:40

2013

 

Rosie Mullins

0:37:30

2006

10K Walk

Brian Paynter

0:52:39

2011

 

June MacIntyre

0:57:25

2014

5K Run

Michael Rogers

0:17:01

2014

 

Madeleine Crowell

0:18:31

2019

5K Walk

Alan Mendoza

0:32:57

2014

 

Megan Corrigan

0:32:19

2015

Corporate/Team Relay

Court 6 CrossFit – G7

2:49:56

2018

Nordic Half Marathon Walk

Bill Trewin

3:06:41

2008

 

Linda Fullerton

3:06:07

2008

Nordic 10K Walk

Donna McCully & Sherri Gallant

1:33:51

2008

1K Wheelchair 

Ryan Bulger

0:7:12

2018

2K Wheelchair

Ryan Bulger

0:13:50

2018

Registration for the PEI Marathon Weekend October 15-17th, 2021 is now open. All planning will be in compliance with PEI’s Chief Public Health Office.

Please note that any necessary changes required by the CPHO office prior to event weekend will be put in place at that time and details will be posted.