The Fredericton Marathon won the Community Impact Award at the recent Fredericton Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

Recognizing outstanding achievement in business and community involvement, awards were presented in nine categories, including community impact.

“We would like to express our sincere thanks to participants, sponsors, volunteers, community partners, committee members and friends for making this Fredericton Chamber of Commerce Community Impact Award possible,” said co-race directors Christine Little and Bruce Macfarlane.

The marathon’s volunteer organizing committee – Karen, Karen, Paul, Steve, Lori, Kim, Bob, Linda, Ben, Adam, Nick, Dianne, Christine and Bruce – devotes a lot of time and energy year-round to put on New Brunswick’s largest marathon event every May.

Giving back to the community is one of the committee’s top priorities. Over the past 11 years alone, the marathon has granted more than $121,147 to various Fredericton community groups through its grant program and the co-directors say they are looking forward to increasing this amount next May. Members of the Fredericton Marathon volunteer organizing committee gathered at the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards to celebrate winning the Community Impact Award.

From left: Bruce, Lori, Karen, Steve, Christine, Kim, Linda, Paul and Ben
Missing: Karen, Bob, Dianne, Adam and Nicholas



The Fredericton Marathon and East Coast Music Awards are set to strike the right chord in May 2022 by conducting a special 8k (5 miler) race on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

“Music and running definitely go hand in hand,” said Christine Little & Bruce Macfarlane, co-race directors of the Fredericton Marathon. “And we couldn’t think of a better way to commemorate the East Coast Music Awards and the Fredericton Marathon taking place on the same weekend in the capital city than by hosting a special race.”

The 8k (5-miler) run/walk will occur at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 7, along the Lincoln and Nashwaak trails, beginning at the Lady Beaverbrook Arena and crossing the picturesque Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge.

“We couldn’t think of a better way to mark our two events” says Andy McLean, CEO of the East Coast Music Association. “This is very inline with our health and wellness programs at ECMA, knowing full well the benefits both exercise and music bring to us. We are looking forward to running alongside the marathon in May.”

The Fredericton Marathon has always wanted to conduct an 8k event and the volunteer organizing committee decided this would be the perfect opportunity to introduce the special distance to the running community.

More information on the East Coast Music Awards information is available here.


As we roll into a New Year, the Fredericton Marathon’s resolution is to conduct a safe event for you in 2022.

A reminder that due to the continued rise in COVID-19 cases, we are delaying the opening of registration for the 2022 Fredericton Marathon until sometime in January.

The Fredericton Marathon committee encourages all runners, especially marathoners, to commence their training for our May event.

Thank you for your understanding!

We will keep you posted on our 2022 event and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.


The 43rd annual Stewart McKelvey Fredericton Marathon, which was held on Labour Day weekend, was a huge success. Not only did participants and volunteers enjoy this opportunity to get together at a live event, but the volunteer organizing committee is proud to share that:

  • A total of $13,525 dollars was granted to 12 organizations from the race weekend event;
  • Three race records were smashed by Stanley Chaisson, of Charlottetown, PEI (men’s marathon), Colleen Wilson, of Deep Cove, NS (women’s half marathon) and Alex Cyr, of Wellington, PEI (men’s 10k); and
  • 36 per cent of marathoners got their BQ (Boston qualifier).

The final results of the 43rd annual Stewart McKelvey Marathon can be found online at:

The countdown clock has been reset so be sure to mark May 6-8, 2022 on your calendar for when the 44th annual Stewart McKelvey Fredericton Marathon returns to Mother’s Day weekend. Details on the event and registration will be unveiled later this fall.

Thanks for your support of our 2021 event – we look forward to seeing you in the spring!

Marathon Men Winner:
Left to right: Bruce MacFarlane, Co-race Director (left) and Christine Little, Co-race Director (right) present male marathon winner, Stanley Chiasson of Charlottetown, PEI with a vertiball from Vertiball, the official recovery sponsor.

Women Marathon Winners:
Left to right: Bruce MacFarlane, Co-race Director (left) and Christine Little, Co-race Director (far right) present female marathon winner, Meghan Strum, of Halifax, NS and Kalli Van Vulpen, of Amherts, NS with a vertiball from Vertiball, the official recovery sponsor.

Sunday Half Marathoners:
Left to right: First-place half marathoner Kiernan McDonald, of Halifax, NS (left) and First-place female half marathoner Colleen Wilson, of Deep Cove, NS each receive a vertiball from Vertiball, the official recovery sponsor.


It took a very long time to get to today but the Fredericton Marathon volunteer organizing committee would like to take this opportunity to truly thank all the participants, volunteers, sponsors, City of Fredericton Government and more who made this weekend’s 43rd annual Stewart McKelvey Fredericton Marathon race weekend another success.

Three days, six events, three new race records! Runners crossed the Westmorland Street Bridge, hit the trails and made it back to Queen Square today. All extra food, chocolate milk and water were donated to the The Fredericton Homeless Shelters and Fredericton Community Kitchens.

Again, thank you all for another great event!


Remembering Mark Kirby

June 24, 1971 – June 2, 2021

Like so many in the running community, we at the Fredericton Marathon are saddened by the death of Mark Kirby. Today, we bid farewell to someone who was larger than life, with his big smile, love of terrible puns and enthusiasm for running.

Mark introduced countless people to the sport, always ready to offer advice, support and a warm welcome to anyone who needed it. Mark had a talent for making people believe they could overcome any challenge. He took part in our events on many occasions – and when he wasn’t running, he was on the sidelines taking photos and cheering everyone on.

The Fredericton Marathon volunteer committee extends heartfelt condolences to Mark’s family and countless friends. We will miss him, but take comfort in knowing he will live on in the many lives he has positively impacted. Mark’s was truly a life well lived – rest in peace, dear friend.

Fredericton Marathon 2021 Race Update

The Stewart McKelvey Fredericton Marathon May Race Weekend will occur Sept. 3-5, 2021, Labour Day weekend.

“The health and safety of everyone involved in the event – the participants, volunteers and spectators – must come first,” said Christine Little and Bruce Macfarlane, co-race directors of the Fredericton Marathon.

When the Fredericton Marathon volunteer organizing committee began planning our 2021 event, we truly believed that we would be able to put on an in-person marathon weekend in May. We chose a backup date for September, mainly because 2020 taught us that the unexpected can happen – but we didn’t really think we would need it. However, mid-January came with a rising number of cases and new COVID-19 variants. It is now mid-February and we are in a prolonged state of Orange (or an even stricter alert level, depending on where you live). Understanding the future is unpredictable and with little talk of re-establishing the Atlantic Bubble, the committee has made the decision to postpone our event to our backup date of September 3-5 (Labour Day weekend).

“We know this isn’t ideal, and it is not a decision we made easily or lightly,” added the co-race directors. “We are runners as well and we were so excited to be part of an in-person event.”

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Happy New Year!

As we continue to work with the City of Fredericton, our plan is to hold the Stewart McKelvey Fredericton Marathon 2021 on May 7-9 (Mother’s Day weekend).

As we finalize our COVID-19 operational and risk mitigation plans for the City of Fredericton and Public Health, we can advise you the event will be held over three days.