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.
- 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 – 13:00 pm (Youth Fun Run)
Q2. Can I register for an event on race morning?
A. No. There will be no registration the morning of the race.
YOUTH FUN RUN
Q4. What is the cost of the Youth Fun Run?
A. The Youth Fun Run is $10.00 per participant, including taxes plus 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 shirts for all registered participants.
Q7. Can Mom and/or Dad run with their child?
A. No. Participants will be required to run the 1 km 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.
RACE WEEKEND (May 13th – May 14th)
Q9. Can I get a refund for my Fredericton Marathon race registration?
Q10. Is there an opportunity to purchase insurance?
A. Yes – BUT: This protection is through FanShield NOT Fredericton Marathon Inc. 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
Q11. 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. 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.
Q12. 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.
Q13. Will there be cyclists leading each event?
A. Yes. Cyclists will lead each event.
Q14. Where are the race start and finish lines for Saturday’s 1 miler, 3k, and 5k?
A. The start and finish lines are located on the Lincoln Trail behind the Lady Beaverbrook Arena situated at 411 University Ave.
Q15. Where are Sunday’s race start and finish lines?
A. The start and finish lines will be at Queen Square Park.
Q16. 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.
Q17. 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). A marathon participant must complete the first half portion of the course before the three-hour mark or you will be automatically considered as a half-marathoner participant.
Q18. 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.
Q19. 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.
Q20. 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 22 and 39 km marks.
Q21. Will there be medical assistance available on the course?
A. Yes. There will be mobile first aid along the course.
Q22. 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.
Q23. Will there be pace runners for any of the distances?
A. Yes! True North Pacing will pace the Stewart McKelvey Fredericton Marathon.
|Saturday 8k||40 m||45 m||50 m||55 m||1 h|
|Sunday 10k||50 m||55 m||1 h||1 h 05||1 h 10||1 h 15||1 h 20|
|Sunday 21.1k||1 h 50||2 h 10||2 h 30|
|Sunday 42.2k||3 h 45||3 h 45||4 h||4 h 30|
- True North Pace Bunnies will hop on to the starting line area 30 minutes before start time.
- The pace bunnies 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.
Q24. 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.
Q25. 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.
Q26. 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.
Q27. 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.
Q28. 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.
Q29. 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.
Q30. 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.
Q31. Can I run with my dog in this event?
A. No! For safety reasons, dogs are not permitted on the race course.
Q32. 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.
Q33. 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.
Q34. 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.
Q35. 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.
Q36. Will there be childcare services during the various races?
A. No. There will be no childcare services during any of the races.
Q37. 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.
Q38. 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.
Q39. 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.
Q40. 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.
Q41. 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.
Q42. Where can I have a shower after the race?
A. No. There will be no showers available.
Q43. Where will results be posted after the race?
A. Race results are posted online at Atlantic Chip.
Q44. Will there be medical assistance available in the finish area?
A. Yes. there will be qualified first aid personnel at the finish line.
Q45. Will there be massages available in the finish area?
Q46. How will I be able to identify a race official if I need information or help?
A. Race officials will be wearing royal blue 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 all the races.
Q47. 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.
Q48. Tell me why am I doing this race, again?
A. Because you love to run!!