Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs related to the Race Weekend changing to Labour Day weekend – Sept. 3rd – 5th

Q: Why did you make this decision now?
A: We truly believed that we would be able to put on an in-person marathon weekend in May, but we had to take into consideration several factors: everyone’s health and safety, participants’ training schedules and the lack of talk of re-establishing the Atlantic Bubble. Our volunteer committee discussed the matter at length during a virtual meeting earlier this week.

Q: Why Labour Day weekend?
A: The Fredericton Marathon committee considered staging the event later in the fall but we wanted to ensure we had the proper infrastructure (timing) in place while being very respectful to other fall races throughout our Maritime running community.

Q: When did you decide September 2021 as the back-up date?
A: When we opened registration earlier this year, we posted several times on social media “Should COVID-19 force us to postpone in May, the committee has selected September 3-5 (Labour Day weekend) as the alternate / back up date.”

Q: As a registered May 2021 participant, what do I need to do for September 2021?
A: We will automatically move your current registration to the September date. You don’t need to do anything.

Q: What happens if I cannot participate in September 2021?
A: Registered May 2021 participants can conduct their own virtual run or defer their registration to May 2022. Should you choose the virtual option, we will ensure you get your runner’s T-shirt and medal. To go virtual or defer your registration to May 2022, please click this link to email and we will ensure the change has been made for you.

Q: Why aren’t you offering any refunds?
A: We have a clear NO REFUND policy and we are postponing the event to September. To ensure transparency, when we originally opened registration for our May 2021 event, we also posted the backup date of September so people were aware of what would happen if healthy and safety concerns around the pandemic made holding an event in May precarious.

Q: What happens if you can’t conduct the event in September 2021?
A: We will explore our options when the time comes.

FAQs related to the September 3 – 5 (Labour Day) Race Weekend

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, click this link to send an email.

THE DAY BEFORE THE RACE (SATURDAY, Sept. 4th)

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 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott™ Fredericton as follows:

  • Thursday, September 2, 2021 – 4:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Friday, September 3, 2021 – 5:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Saturday, September 4, 2021 – 10:00am – 4:00pm

Q2. Where can I get my race kit if I can’t get it on or before Saturday?
A. If you are picking up your race kit on Sunday, Sept. 5th, you MUST purchase this option prior to Saturday, Sept. 4th! You can purchase it either when registering for your race or anytime prior to Sept 4th by going back into the registration process and purchasing this option.

Sunday race kit pick-up can be done at Queen Square.
** Cost for this option is $10.

Q3. Am I allowed to do the race virtually?
A. No. Runners must be present and fully participate in the event unless provincial Covid-19 regulations force us to switch to this format.

YOUTH FUN RUN

Q4. When and where will the Youth Fun Run take place?
A. Registration for the Youth Fun Run can be done through Race Roster, Location to be determined.

The 1 km run starts start at 1:30 pm.

Q5. What is the cost of the Youth Fun Run?
A. The Youth Fun Run is $3.00 per participant.

Q6. Will there be participation awards?
A. Participation medals will be awarded to all participants.

Q7. Will there be t-shirts for the children?
A. There will be shirts for all registered participants.

Q8. Can Mom and/or Dad run with their child?
A. No. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, participants will be required to run the 1 km on their own.

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 (SUNDAY, Sept. 5th)

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’s Square Park. Special bags will be provided at the Race Kit Pick-up. Attach the tear off section of your race bib to the bag when checking it.

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 course maps for more details.

There will also be large display maps at Race Kit Pick-up and Registration from Thursday, September 2, 2021 to Saturday, September 4, 2021 . 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.

Q13. Where does the race start and finish?
A. Depending upon this distance, the start and finish lines will either be at the Small Craft Aquatic Centre or Queen’s Square Park.

Q14. Should I line up at the start line according to my expected finish time?
A. Yes. Picking an appropriate starting location (slower runners and walkers should line up further back in the starting group, for example) is especially important to keep 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 7:30 am and the course will close at 1:30 pm (6-hour race time limit).

Q16. Where are the hydration stops on the course?
A. Please refer to the course maps for water stop locations. Water and lemon-lime Gatorade will be available.

Q17. Can I have my special drink or food along the course?
A. Yes. You will have to manage this yourself, however. This 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 on the 2nd loop at the hydration stop near the 32 and 39 km marks.

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 and Covid-19 regulations must be followed.

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 and possible Covid-19 guidelines.

Q22. Can I have someone pace me during the race?
Yes. Provided this person is also a registered participant in the same discipline and may require being in your “bubble.”

Q23. Where do I wear my race chip?
A. Our race uses the B-tag system. 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 clearly visible, so your finish time is recorded properly.

Your bib number is your identification.

Q25. When should I be at the Start line for my event?
A. You should plan to be at the race site about approximately 30 minutes before your event begins. This will ensure time to find parking, check your bag, use the washroom, get in line for your staggered start, etc.

Q26. What is proper race etiquette on the narrow trail system?
A. You should always run on the right side of the trail!

This ensures that:

  • runners behind you can pass on your left
  • 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 extreme 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. At certain times, there will be vehicle traffic along some portions of the route. Course marshals will be on hand to direct traffic and ensure your safe crossing. It’s your responsibility to be cautious of vehicles, bicycles, and the public along the course.

Q29. Can I run with my dog in this event?
A. No! For safety reasons, dogs are not permitted on the race course.

Q30. Will there be toilet facilities available along the course?
A. Yes. There will be several portable porta potties strategically placed along the course. Check the course map before starting the race.

Q31. Can I push a jog or walking stroller in the race?
A. No! For safety reasons due to the narrow trail, jog or walking strollers will not be allowed on the course.

Participants spotted with a stroller will be disqualified and immediately removed from the course.

Q32. Can I wear my ear buds during the race?
A. Not recommended. Your safety and that of others is paramount. Should you choose to run with ear buds, we recommend using only ONE ear bud so you can hear instructions from course marshals, fellow runners and volunteers.

Q33. Can I wear noise cancelling headphones?
A. No! Noise cancelling headphones are banned from our event. You must be able to hear instructions from course marshals, fellow runners and volunteer.

Q34. Will there be childcare services during the various races?
A. No. There will be no childcare services during any of the races.

Q35. Will my friends and family be able to greet me at the finish?
A. This will be determined closer to race day due to Covid-19

Q36. Will there be a good sitting area available at the finish area for spectators?
A. This will be determined closer to race day due to Covid-19

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.

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 lost or discarded items.

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 participants, we are not able to provide food or drinks for spectators.

Depending on Covid-19 regulations, an on-site service cart selling food items may available for friends and family members on Sunday, Sept. 5th.

Q41. Where can I have a shower after the race?
A. No. There will be no showers available due to Covid-19 regulations.

Q42. Where will results be posted after the race?
A. Race results are posted periodically on site. Results are also available at Atlantic Chip.

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. This will be determined closer to race day due to Covid-19

Q45. How will I be able to identify a race official if I need information or help?
A. Race officials will be wearing shirts with Race Crew on the back (color to be determined). They will be able to answer your questions or send you to the proper person for the answer. They will be available at all the races.

Q46. I’m from out of town. Where do I find the Lady Beaverbrook Rink, the Small Craft Aquatic Centre or Queen’s Square Park?
A. The Lady Beaverbrook Rink can be accessed by turning onto University Avenue off Beaverbrook Street. If you have a GPS unit or Google maps, program 411 University Avenue and it will take you to the Lady Beaverbrook Rink.

Small Craft Aquatic Centre can be accessed by turning onto Woodstock Road off Smythe Street or Hanwell Road. If you have a GPS unit or Google maps, program 63 Brunswick Street.

Queen’s Square Park can be accessed by turning onto MacLeod Avenue off Regent Street (across from Sobeys). You can follow MacLeod Avenue to the Square. If you have a GPS unit or Google maps, program 730 Aberdeen Street.

Q47. Where should I park my vehicle on race days?
A. If you’re racing from the Lady Beaverbrook Rink, there is a large parking lot onsite and also several others in the immediate area.

If you’re racing from the Small Craft Aquatic Centre, there is a large parking lot onsite.

If you’re racing from Queen’s Square Park, there are several parking areas at the University of New Brunswick, on University Avenue, Lady Beaverbrook Rink and Sobeys Regent Street.

Please DO NOT park on any of the streets surrounding Queen Square or any streets that are part of the race course. See the course 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 Stewart McKelvey Fredericton Marathon Race Weekend and helping to make it a success!

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