Victoria Marathon Route Information and Road Closures this Sunday

On the morning of Sunday, October 7 over 13,000 people will participate in the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. The races (8K - 7:15 a.m., Half Marathon - 7:30 a.m., Marathon - 8:45 a.m., and Kids Run - 10:15 a.m). start near and finish in front of the BC Legislative Buildings. Most runners will finish the events by 2:15 p.m. The Marathon will affect vehicular traffic in the following areas: Downtown, James Bay, Cook Street Village, Beacon Hill Park, Fairfield, Oak Bay and Uplands. Police, City staff and race organizers are working to ensure a safe route. Residents and commuters should expect delays, and be prepared to use alternate routes. Times for road closures are approximate. Roads will be re-opened on a rolling schedule as the marathon passes through the various neighbourhoods. No parking is allowed on the race route.

If you live on the marathon route (e.g. Dallas Road), and wish to use your vehicle during this time period you are encouraged to park your vehicle on a nearby street that is not part of the marathon route. Should you need to use your vehicle from your residence during this time, please be aware that the roadway will be occupied by about 11,000+ runners and that it may be very congested at times. Seek assistance at the nearest cross street where a volunteer traffic marshal will assist you off the Marathon route. Please remember that the runners will be very focused and tired and may not be aware of your moving vehicle.

For those who live on the marathon route, if you do leave your residence using your vehicle, please be aware that you may not be able to return to your residence with your vehicle until the roadway reopens to traffic. You will be able to walk back to your residence at any time.

If there is an emergency at your home during the event, emergency support will be given priority.

No traffic will be permitted on Dallas Road between 7:15 a.m and 2 p.m. The portion of Dallas Rd. between Cook St. and Douglas St. will be closed starting at 4 a.m. and will remain closed until the end of the event. Most other closures are temporary, allowing residents to have full or at least intermittent access and egress.

The objective is to limit impact on residents and their normal routes. Residents of James Bay have permanent access and egress via Douglas St but should be aware of the crossing route at Johnson St, Cook St, Fairfield Rd, etc.

The route includes Dallas Road from James Bay to Gonzales Beach, Beacon Hill Park roadways and some small residential roadways will be closed for various periods of time on event day. There will be a loop in the Lawndale / Cowichan area that will be encircled at the turnaround for the Half Marathon.

Vehicles will not be allowed on the course but marshals and police will be allowing traffic to cross the roads throughout the event.

Following the start of the two main races - the Half Marathon at 7:30 a.m. and the Marathon at 8:45 a.m. Menzies, Michigan, Government and Wharf will be closed between 7:25 to 7:55 a.m. and 8:40 - 9:10 a.m. Johnson St will be closed from Wharf St to Cook St between 7:35 and 8:05 a.m. and from 8:50 to 9:20 a.m. All traffic will have full access north of Humboldt, west of Cook following the last runner at approximately 9:30 a.m. to access Douglas Street and Blanshard and escape north out of Victoria.

Intermittent Access Across Race Route (Police Patrolled) at:

•Douglas at Johnson
•Yates at Cook; Fort at Cook; Fairfield at Cook
•Chandler at Richmond
•Foul Bay at Richardson/McNeill

James Bay: To exit James Bay, take Simcoe to Douglas and head North out of downtown. Intermittent closures will be at Johnson (from Wharf to Cook) from 7:35 – 8:05 a.m. and 8:50 – 9:20 a.m.

For more information on road closures, route maps, and BC Transit impacts, visit the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon website.