Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a list of commonly asked questions and answers about the Fredericton Marathon. If you can't find an answer to your question here, or elsewhere on this website, please email us at: Info@FrederictonMarathon.ca.
The day before the race (May 13th)
Q1. Can I register for an event on race morning?
A. No. There will be no registration the morning of the race. You can register on-line HERE, or in-person on Saturday, May 7th at the Fredericton Convention Centre between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Q2. Where can I get my race kit if I can’t get it on Saturday?
A. You can pick up your kit on race day at the race site, Queen Square, between 6:30 am and 7:30 am.
Q3. Will there be draw prizes this year?
A. Yes. Winners of draw prizes will be randomly selected from the names of those who have registered prior to May 2nd. A list of winners with their winning prizes will be posted on Saturday, May 7th, at the Fredericton Convention Centre. Prizes must be picked up at the Wellness Expo; there will be no opportunity to get your prize on race day!
Q4. When and where will the Youth Fun Run take place?
A. Registration for the Youth Fun Run will take place on Saturday, May 7th, between 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm in the Ballroom at the Fredericton Convention Centre. The race itself will start at 2 pm.
Q5. What is the cost of the Youth Fun Run?
A. The Youth Fun Run costs just $2.00.
Q6. Will there be participation awards?
A. Participation medals will be awared to all children.
Q7. Will there be T shirts for the children?
A. There will be shirts for all registered running kids!
Q8. Can Mom and/or Dad run with their child?
A. Mom and Dad are certainly welcome to run with their child, if they can keep up!
Q9. Will there be snacks available after the Youth Fun Run?
A.Yes. Nutritional snacks and refreshments will be provided after the run.
Race Day (May 14th)
Q10. Will there be a secure bag check location at the race site?
A. Yes, a secure area will be available in the Pool Building at Queen Square. Clear plastic bags (18" x 24") will be provided at the Race Kit Pick-up. For security reasons, these bags are the only bags we accept. Attach the tear off section of your bib to the bag!
Q11. What are my responsibilities for knowing the course?
A. Runners are always responsible for knowing the course they are running. Please check out the maps under the Events tab on the Fredericton Marathon website. There will also be large display maps (and a limited number of printed small maps) at Race Kit Pick-up and Registration on May 7th. Volunteers will be on hand to help you with any course-related questions at that time.
Q12. Will there be cyclists leading each event?
A. Yes. Cyclists will lead each event. Their purpose is show the lead runners where to turn and to clear any congestion in front of them on the path.
Q13. Where does the race start and finish?
A. The start and finish of the race will be at Queen Square.
Q14. Should I line up at the start line according to my expected finish time?
A. Yes. Picking an appropriate starting location (slower runners should line up further back in the starting group, for example) is very important for keeping race traffic flowing smoothly and safely. This is for your benefit and the benefit of all other runners.
Q15. Will there be an early start for slower marathoners?
A. No. All marathon runners will start at 8 am and the course will close at 2 pm (6 hours race time limit)
A. There are hydration stops at approximately every 2 kilometers along the course. Water and lemon-lime Gatorade will available.
Q17. Can I have my special drink or food along the course?
A. Yes, but you will have to manage this yourself – that is, it will not be provided by the volunteers along the course.
Q18. Will there be gel packs available for full marathoners, and if so, where?
A. Yes, gels will be available for marathoners beginning at the hydration stop near the 30 km mark.
Q19. Will there be medical assistance available on the course?
A. Yes, there will be mobile first aid along the course.
Q20. Can I have family and friends along the course to assist me with water, gels, extra clothing, etc.?
A. Yes, this kind of assistance is encouraged. It’s always great to see a familiar face along the course! You should scout out appropriate locations to meet up ahead of time. Parking may be an issue in some locations.
Q21. Will there be pace runners for any of the distances?
A. We are always open to having pacers at our race, but they are not always easy to find. Please check the website closer to race day for an update on this.
Q22. Can I have someone pace me during the race?
A. Yes, you can as long as that person is also a registered runner.
Q23. Where do I wear my race chip?
A. Our race is using the Bibtag (B-tag). The B-tag (not chip) will come pre-attached to your race bib. Your bib must be worn on your front and must be completely exposed for the tag to work.
Q24. How should I wear my race bib?
A. The bib should always be worn on your front and be clearly visible so that your finish time is recorded properly. In addition, your bib number is your identification to the race photographer – in case you want to order a race photo.
Q25. When should I be at the Start line for my event?
A. You should plan to be at the race site about 1 hour before your event starts, to ensure that you find parking, check your baggage, use the washroom, etc. You should be in the start area at 7:45 AM. All races start at 8 am sharp.
Q26. What is proper race etiquette on the narrow trail system?
A. You should always run on the right side of the trail so that faster runners behind you can pass to your left and so approaching runners on their return leg can get by without having to dodge and weave around people. Please do not run in such a way as to block the trail.
Q27. Can I use the Nordic walking poles in the walking event?
A. Yes. Poles are allowed, but we simply ask that you exercise caution for the safety of those around you and walk single file on the trail.
Q28. Will there be vehicle traffic along the route?
A. Yes, there are several street-crossings along the course, and you will be running on several others. Course marshals will be on-hand to direct traffic and ensure your safe crossing, but it’s also your responsibility to be cautious about all vehicles (including bikes and the public) along the course.
Q29. Can I run if I register in a walking event?
A. No. If you sign up for a walking event you should not run or even run/walk, as this would be unfair to the other walking competitors. If you would like to do a combination of running and walking, you may register in a running event.
Q30. Can I run with my dog in this event?
A. No, for safety reasons, dogs are not permitted on the race course.
Q31. Will there be toilet facilities available along the course?
A. Yes, there will be several toilets strategically placed along the course. Check your map before starting, or ask a volunteer along the course.
Q32. Can I push a jog stroller in the race?
A. No, for safety reasons due to the narrow trail, jog strollers will not be allowed on the course.
Q33. Can I wear my ear buds during the race?
A. Not recommended. Your safety and that of others is of paramount importance to us. We fear that you will miss important warnings, that could cause injury to yourself, your fellow runners and volunteers.
Also at Queen Square (May 14th)
Q34. Will there be childcare services during the race?
A. No, there will be no childcare services available during the race.
Q35. Will my friends and family be able to greet me at the finish?
A. Yes, friends and family are welcome to greet you at the finish area. For the safety of runners finishing up their race, please ask your friends and family to stay off of the race course and to meet up with you in a safe spot in the finish area.
Q36. Will there be a good sitting area available at the finish area for spectators?
A. Yes, there will be bleachers set up for those who wish to cheer all runners at the finish line.
Q37. When and where will the awards be presented?
A. Awards can be picked up at a designated table at the race site as results become available (generally within a half an hour of finishing your distance).
Q38. Can I get my medal or prize if I’m not able to stay for the award presentations?
A. It is our policy not to mail out awards or prizes. However, you or someone you know can contact us and arrange for a pick-up at a later date if that works.
Q39. Will there be a lost and found service for lost or discarded items after the race?
A. If you contact us a day or two after the race, we may still have some items that have been lost or discarded. If you plan on discarding items of clothing along the course, you should wear older clothing that you are prepared to lose.
Q40. Will my family be allowed to have post-race food and beverages, too?
A. No, in order to ensure that we have enough food for all registered runners, we are not able to provide food or drinks for spectators.
Q41. Where can I have a shower after the race?
A. Showers are available for runners at the University of New Brunswick Lady Beaverbrook Gym, approximately half a kilometer from the finish line.
Q42. Where will results be posted after the race?
A. Race results are posted periodically as groups of runners finish. You can find them posted on the side of the pool building behind the bleachers. They are also available almost immediately after the event at www.atlanticchip.ca.
Q43. Will there be medical assistance available in the finish area?
A. Yes, there will be qualified first-aiders at the finish line.
Q44. Will there be massages available in the finish area?
A. Yes, massages will be available in the finish area on a first-come, first-served basis.
Q45. How will I be able to identify a race official if I need information or help?
A. Race officials will be wearing red vests with Race Official on the back. They will be able to answer your questions or send you to the proper person for the answer. They will be available on May 9th and 10th.
Q46. I’m from out of town. Where do I find Queen Square?
A. Queen Square can be accessed by turning onto MacLeod Avenue off of Regent Street (across from Sobeys). You can follow MacLeod Avenue to the Square. If you have a GPS unit, program 730 Aberdeen Street, and it will take you to Queen Square.
Q47. Where should I park my vehicle on race morning?
A. There are several parking areas at the University of New Brunswick, on University Avenue, Lady Beaverbrook Rink and Sobeys. Please DO NOT park on any of the streets surrounding Queen Square or any streets that are part of the race course. Please see the map for clarification.
Q48. Tell me why am I doing this race, again?
A. Because you love to run. Thank you for participating in the Scotiabank Fredericton Marathon Race Weekend and helping to make it a success!