The marathon course is point to point. It starts at the Crysler Park Marina, just west of historic Upper Canada Village near Morrisburg. Participants will be bused from St Lawrence College to the Start Location. The route follows the bike path to the Long Sault Parkway entrance at Ingleside. It then continues along the parkway to Long Sault where it re-joins the bike path and follows it along the waterfront to the finish line at St Lawrence College. The course is fast and has a net downhill elevation profile. There are a few short steep sections along the second half that will challenge tired legs.The first 2 km are on a dirt road, the remainder is mostly asphalt pathway. This course is incredibly scenic.
We do not wish to discriminate against slower runners. We are a volunteer organization and some of the race-day costs we incur are paid for by the hour. We wish to provide as much support as possible to our runners and ensure a safe environment. At this time, we are unable to support runners with an expected finish time beyond 5 hours and 30 minutes. Runners who arrive at the half-way mark after 9:45AM will be given an official time for a half-marathon, and offered a ride back to the finish.
This year’s marathon will be capped at 350 participants. We are committed to providing the best possible environment for all our participants and volunteers. We have sold out the last two years, so don’t delay registering to secure your spot.
The marathon has been officially measured by AIMS standards, and is certified by Athletics Canada. As such, it can be used for Boston Qualification, as well as qualification for the New York City Marathon and other World Marathon Majors. Here is our course certificate from Athletics Canada, which includes a map and full details of the course. Here is our course certificate from Athletics Canada, which includes a map and full details of the course.
Here are a few training plans adapted from Hal Higdon.
Race Start and Transportation
The race will start at 7 AM from Crysler Park Marina. Remember, this is not at the college; this is a 30 minute drive west of the college. Buses will be available to transport runners from St. Lawrence College to the marathon start line at Crysler Park Marina. The bus ride will be approximately 30 minutes. The last bus will leave the college at 6:00 AM (sharp). We cannot offer transportation to friends and family to the start line. Runners may have a family member drive them to the start line at Crysler Park Marina. If you are driving or being driven to the start, please be there no later than 6:30.
Warm Clothes Bag
You will be able to leave clothing items at the start line area. These bags will be brought back to the gymnasium near the finish line where you will be able to claim them. Please do not bring backpacks – a bag will be provided for you in your Race Kit.
As this course is officially certified, and can be used for Boston Marathon Qualifying, all ahtletes must run the complete length of the certified route. Runners may use the full width of paths and roads throughout except: use the left side shoulder of the Long Sault Parkway. This is a wide shoulder with a painted line. Runners must stay within the shoulder area and not cross the road. The entrance onto and off the parkway will be well marked, as will the approach to the finish line. Where the run is on the shared recreation pathway, please keep to the right hand side when facing oncoming runners. Athletes shall not receive or collect refreshment or water from a place other than the official stations, except where provided for medical reasons from or under the direction of race officials. For the safety of all our participants, running strollers and pets are not permitted on the course.
Register to Race!
Join us on Saturday April 27 at Eastern Ontario’s most affordable and scenic 5km, 10km, half-marathon and Boston-qualifier marathon.