The Royal Victoria Marathon is back this year – so to speak – with a half marathon and an eight-kilometer race for Sunday.
All of the approximately 4,400 participants – around 2,700 in the half marathon and 1,700 in the 8 km – must be vaccinated twice and must be masked until shortly after the run.
“We ask them to wear masks when they queue at the start,” said spokeswoman Louise Hodgson-Jones.
“As soon as you start walking you can take the mask off, but when you come back in the target area you have to put the mask back on.”
A supply will be available for anyone who loses a mask, she said, noting that masking requirements are typical of other running events. “It just gives people extra confidence.”
Hodgson-Jones said organizers are checking participants’ vaccination status during the race package pickup at Crystal Gardens, which continues today.
Victoria’s last full marathon – the 40th of all time – took place in 2019.
A full marathon was simply not planned this year.
“We just felt like we were with COVID and with the added restrictions, it was too much to sum up. But we hope that the full marathon will come back next year. “
The organizers also reduced the number of participants at this year’s events. In the past, the half marathon had up to 4,000 participants while the 8K had 3,000 participants.
“We’re pretty close to our maximum,” said Hodgson-Jones, noting that there is still a lot of enthusiasm for the event.
“We got a lot of positive feedback. It was wonderful.”
The races start and finish on Belleville Street, between Oswego and Menzies streets. The 8K starts at 7.30 a.m. and the half marathon at 9.30 a.m.
Traffic is expected to be affected in downtown, James Bay, the Cook Street area, near Beacon Hill Park, and the Fairfield / Gonzales area.
The construction of cones, signs and refreshment stations begins on Sunday at 3 a.m., everything will be dismantled as soon as the last participant comes by.
The time limit for half marathon runners is three and a half hours while for 8K participants it is 90 minutes.
The CHEK Charity Pledge Program is back in its 17th year. It has raised over $ 2 million to date for a variety of charities.
For more information, visit runvictoriamarathon.com.
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