Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a list of commonly asked questions and answers about the Stewart McKelvey 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.
Q1. Can I register for an event on Saturday race morning?
A. Yes. If you can pick up your race kit at the Delta Hotels by Marriott™ Fredericton and get to the start line in time for your event.
You can register on-line HERE, or in-person at the Delta Hotels by Marriott™ Fredericton as follows:
- Friday, May 12, 2023 – 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
- Saturday, May 13, 2023 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Saturday, May 13, 2023 – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (Youth Fun Run)
Can I transfer to another event?
A. Yes. A $20 fee will be required to transfer and upgrade to another event at race kit pick-up Friday and Saturday. Credit and debit cards only accepted.
Q2. Can I register for an event and/or pick up my race kit on Sunday race morning?
A. No. There will be no registration or race kit pick-up on the morning of Sunday’s race.
YOUTH FUN RUN
Q3. When and where will the Youth Fun Run take place?
A. Registration for the Youth Fun Run can be done through Race Roster. The 500m & 1 km runs start at 1:30 pm at Queen Square Park.
Q4. What is the cost of the Youth Fun Run?
A. The Youth Fun Run is $10.00 per participant, including taxes plus Race Roster processing fees.
Q5. Will there be awards?
A. Participation medals will be awarded to all participants.
Q6. Will there be T-shirts for the children?
A. There will be t-shirts for all registered participants.
Q7. Can Mom and/or Dad run with their child?
A. Parents are allowed to run with children participating in the 500m event.
However; participants will be required to run the 1 km distance on their own. Members of the UNB Cross Country team will be running the course with participants. Parents are welcome to line the course to cheer participants.
Q8. Will there be snacks available after the Youth Fun Run?
A. Yes. Nutritional snacks and refreshments will be provided to participants only after the run.
Q9: Participants in any Fredericton Marathon race weekend event will be entering areas where photography, audio and video recording may occur, including the Youth Run event.
By allowing your minor child or minor children to participate in the Youth Fun Run, you are entering an area where photography, audio and video recording may occur. By entering the event area, you consent to such recording photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction.
A full waiver can be found on the race registration form at Race Roster.
RACE WEEKEND (May 13th – May 14th)
Q10. Can I get a refund for my Fredericton Marathon race registration?
A. Due to the fact that a number of our expenses are incurred well in advance of race weekend in order to have them for you on time, we are not able to offer a full registration refund for the entirety of the year.
- Before February 14, 2023, at 11:59 pm, we are able to offer a full refund of your registration fees, including tax minus any Race Roster processing fees.
- Between February 15, 2023, and March 31, 2023, at 11:59 pm, we are able to offer a 50% refund of your registration fees, including tax minus any Race Roster processing fees.
- Starting April 1, 2023, we are unable to offer any refund.
- Email refund requests to email@example.com.
Q11. Is there an opportunity to purchase insurance?
A. Yes – BUT: This protection is through FanShield NOT Fredericton Marathon Inc. and must be purchased at the time of registration. For enquiries, claims, etc., you will have to go to the following links:
- For the outline of the Canadian program and more information regarding coverage CLICK HERE
- To claim a refund CLICK HERE
Q12. Will there be a secure bag check location at the race site?
A. Yes. You must use the special bags provided at the Race Kit Pick-up. No backpacks, gym bags, etc. will be accepted. Attach the tear off section of your race bib to the bag when checking it.
- Saturday – A secure area will be available at the start line area by the Lady Beaverbrook Arena off University Ave. Attach the tear section off your race bib to the bag when checking in.
- Sunday – A secure area will be available in the pool building at Queen Square Park. Attach the tear section off your bib to the bag when checking in.
Q13. What are my responsibilities for knowing the course?
A. Runners are always responsible for knowing the course they are running. Please check out the 2023 Race Routes tab for more details.
There will also be large display maps at Race Kit Pick-up and Registration on Friday, May 12th and Saturday, May 13th, 2023 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott™ Fredericton. Volunteers will be on hand to help you with any course-related questions at that time.
Q14. Will there be cyclists leading each event?
A. Yes. Cyclists will lead each event.
Q15. Where are the race start and finish lines for Saturday’s 3k and 5k?
A. Using an out and back course along the trail system from Lady Beaverbrook Arena, the routes will go just past the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge and return back along the route to the starting point.
Q16. Where are Sunday’s race start and finish lines?
A. The start and finish lines will be at Queen Square Park.
Q17. 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.
Q18. Will there be an early start for slower marathoners?
A. No. All marathon runners will start at 7:30 am and the course closes at 1:30 pm (6-hour race time limit). Please note if you have not passed the 1/2 marathon timing mat by 10:15 AM (2 hours and 45 minutes after the start), chances are you will not finish your marathon in 6 hours. Therefore, any runner approaching the finish line area to start their second loop after 10:15 AM will be directed across the finish line and given a half marathon finishing time.
Q19. Where are the hydration stops on the course?
A. Please refer to the 2023 Race Routes tab for water stop locations. Water and lemon-lime Gatorade will be available.
Q20. 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.
Q21. Will there be gel packs available for full marathoners, and if so, where?
A. Yes. Clif Gels (Chocolate, Razz and Vanilla) will be available for marathoners on the 2nd loop at the hydration stop near the 22 and 39 km marks.
Q22. Will there be medical assistance available on the course?
A. Yes. There will be mobile first aid along the course.
Q23. 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.
Q24. Will there be pace runners for any of the distances?
A. Yes! True North Pacing will pace the Stewart McKelvey Fredericton Marathon.
|Sunday 10k||50 m||55 m||1 h||1 h 05||1 h 10|
|Sunday 21.1k||1 h 50||1 h 55||2 h||2 h 05||2 h 10||2 h 15||2 h 30|
|Sunday 42.2k||3 h 50||4 h||4 h 15||4 h 30|
True North Pace Bunnies will hop on to the starting line area 30 minutes before start time and will be holding signs indicating distance and time.
Five minutes before the national anthem and start time, the pace bunnies will move into the field of participants.
Q25. Can I have someone pace me during the race?
A. Yes. Provided this person is also a registered participant in the same discipline. We do not allow pacing by bicycle. Anyone deemed to have been paced by a cyclist will be disqualified.
Q26. 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.
Q27. 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.
Q28. 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 and place yourself accordingly in the start line.
Q29. 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 approaching from 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.
Please DO NOT run three or four abreast.
Q30. 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.
Q31. 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.
Q32. Can I run with my dog in this event?
A. No! For safety reasons due to the narrow trail and insurance purposes, jog or walking strollers are not be allowed on the course.
Q33. 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 2023 Race Routes tab before starting the race.
Q34. Can I push a jog or walking stroller in the race?
A. No! For safety reasons due to the narrow trail and insurance purposes, jog or walking strollers are not be allowed on the course.
Participants spotted with a stroller will be immediately removed from the course and disqualified.
Q35. 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 officials, fellow runners and volunteers.
Q36. What happens if another participant intentionally interferes with my participation?
A. At all times during all Fredericton Marathon events, participants will act with due consideration for the safety and rights of other participants, volunteers and organizers. Regardless of the circumstances or competitive disadvantage, no participant will commit any act that endangers another participant. Participants shall not intentionally obstruct, impede or interfere with the forward progression of another participant. Participants are encouraged to read our Code of Conduct HERE.
Q37. 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 officials, fellow runners and volunteer.
Q38. Will there be childcare services during the various races?
A. No. There will be no childcare services during any of the races.
Q39. Will my friends and family be able to greet me at the finish?
A. Yes. Friends and family are welcome to greet you in the finish area, but not in the finish zone. The finish zone is for participants only.
Q40. Will there be a good sitting area available at the Sunday finish area for spectators?
A. Yes. There will be bleachers available at the finish area for your family and friends’ viewing pleasure at Queen Square Park.
Q41. When and where will the RunNB SuperSeries and Championship medals be presented?
A. RunNB SuperSeries and Championship medals will be picked up at a designated table at the race site as results become available.
Q42. Can I get my medal if I’m not able to stay for the medal presentations?
A. It is our policy not to mail out medals. However, you or someone you know can contact us and arrange for a pick-up at a later date.
Q43. 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.
Q44. Where can I have a shower after the race?
A. No. There will be no showers available.
Q45. Where will results be posted after the race?
A. Race results are posted online at Atlantic Chip.
Q46. Will there be medical assistance available in the finish area?
A. Yes. there will be qualified first aid personnel at the finish line.
Q47. Will there be massages available in the finish area?
Q48. How will I be able to identify a race official if I need information or help?
A. Race officials will be wearing purple shirts with Race Crew on the back. They will be able to answer your questions or send you to the proper person for the answer and will be available at the races.
Q49. Where should I park my vehicle on race days?
A. There are several parking areas at the University of New Brunswick, on University Avenue and Lady Beaverbrook Rink.
Please DO NOT park on any of the streets surrounding Queen Square or any streets that are part of the race course. Check the 2023 Race Routes tab for clarification.
Q50. Tell me why am I doing this race, again?
A. Because you love to run!!