Event Information

Rules & Regulations

The following is a list of the most important rules and regulations surrounding the Servus Calgary Marathon events.

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Registration Policies

All registration fees are non-refundable, non-deferrable, and cannot be transferred between races.

  • Entry fees are non-refundable under all circumstances. That means that once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund for any reason and you will not be able to defer your entry to another year. The Calgary Marathon is organized by Run Calgary, a non-profit organization, and this event has been a tradition for 60 years. Remaining viable during a pandemic proved to be challenging for many organizations and the running industry is no exception. Race organizations were adversely affected because of government restrictions on gatherings. In 2020, we allowed participants to defer to a future year. However going forward, participants will automatically be moved to the virtual event for any event that is cancelled for any reason.
  • It is your responsibility to pick up your bib and race kit in advance of the event. Package Pick-Up hours and locations will be published well in advance of race day. There is no package pick-up on race morning. 
  • Selling your race bib, or having another person use your bib in the event is strictly prohibited. This act may seem well intentioned but has many negative implications to the organizers and participants including liability, medical aid, timing, results, awards and many other factors
  • If you wish to transfer distances (upgrade, downgrade, or switch between in-person/virtual), you can do so by accessing your Race Roster dashboard. If there is capacity in your desired sub-event, you will be able to transfer for a $10 transfer fee, plus the difference in registration. Distances can NOT be changed on Race Day. 
    • Switching Before May 13th: If you are interested in switching before May 13th, you can upgrade or downgrade yourself by visiting raceroster.com, login to your account and go to the dashboard and click on 'Transfer Request' up until May 12th at 11:59pm MT.
    • Switching On/After May 13th: If you are looking to switch anytime between May 13th - May 25th (after the bib numbers have been assigned) you will have to visit the Solutions Table at the Runners' Expo to change from one race distance to another.
    • Transfer Costs are as follows:
      • Upgrading: The difference between your original category and the one you are upgrading to + a $10 processing fee and GST.
      • Downgrading: $10 + processing fee and GST.
    • Detailed steps for how to complete a transfer online via Race Roster can be found HERE.
  • As of October 1, 2022: For the safety of our staff, volunteers and participants, Run Calgary is following the guidelines set out by provincial and public health officials. These policies are subject to change based on the current environment. No transfers, refunds or deferrals will be granted.

REFUND PROTECTION PROGRAM

During registration, protect your purchase by enrolling in the Race Roster Enhanced Refund Protection Program for a small fee. Participants that enroll in the refund program will be refunded if they are unable to attend due to a variety of unforeseen circumstances, such as injury & illness, COVID-19, severe weather, work travel conflict, layoffs/termination or mechanical breakdown. Click here for more information. Like all insurance policies there are exclusions so please read the fine print. The insurance does not cover your entry fee if we are forced to cancel the event.

In the case of in-person race cancellation, all 2024 in-person participants registered in the Servus Calgary Marathon Race Weekend (60 km Ultra, Servus 42.2 km, Centaur Subaru 21.1 km, ASICS Runkeeper 10 km, GoodLife Fitness 5 km, and Kids Marathon) will automatically be transferred to the virtual event.


Age Restrictions

  • GoodLife 5 km: There is no minimum age to participate in the 5 km race. All participants in the 5 km race must be registered, with the exception of children that are ALREADY registered for the Kids Marathon OR children that will be in strollers for the entire duration of the race. Please note that children without a 5 km bib will not receive a shirt, medal or any amenities at the finish line.
  • ASICS Runkeeper 10 km: You must be 10 years of age or older on race day to be eligible to participate. Strollers are permitted for children below age minimum.
  • Centaur Subaru 21.1 km: You must be 14 years of age or older on race day to be eligible to participate. Strollers are permitted for children below age minimum.
  • Servus Calgary Marathon 42.2 km: You must be 16 years of age or older on race day to be eligible to participate. No strollers permitted.
  • 60 km Ultra Marathon: You must be 18 years of age or older on race day to be eligible to participate. No strollers permitted.

Parents/guardians are urged to ensure that young runners have the training and pace judgment needed to complete the event comfortably and safely. Servus Calgary Marathon Race Directors and staff reserve the right to require proof of age.

Any children under the age minimums for the 10 km or 21.1 km are only permitted if pushed in a stroller. Children in strollers must remain in their stroller for the entire duration of the race. Please note that children under the age minimums will not receive a shirt, medal or any amenities at the finish line. 

Children interested in receiving a medal and shirt can sign up for the 1.2 km Kids Marathon which is open to those ages 2-12.

Please contact the office at info@calgarymarathon.com if you are underage and have permission from your parents/guardians to participate.


Course Safety / Road Closure

For safety and liability reasons courses are limited to registered runners only. Inline skates, bicycles, skateboards, and running with dogs is strictly prohibited. Mobility devices are allowed (please see section below for full rules around handcycles and mobility devices). Non-compliance with these safety rules will result in disqualification. Traffic will be controlled by the police and course marshals, but runners should take extreme caution at all times.


Course time cutoff

Walkers are invited to participate in all events with precautions for the marathon distance. Marathon walkers are asked to start at 7:00 am with marathon runners. Please seed yourself accordingly.

The course will be open for 6 1/2 hours where all walkers must be finished thereafter. After 1:30pm, some roads will have to be re-opened and walkers will be moved up to the sidewalks. The start time for the 60 km Ultra is TBD, but 60 km participants will be given an extended cutoff time to accommodate the longer distance.


Headphones and Music Players

The race directors strongly discourage the use of these devices for the runner's safety and the safety of those around them. There is no risk of disqualification for simple use, however, if a runner puts themselves or other runners at risk through an unsafe act that the Board of Directors determine was caused directly or indirectly through the use of a prohibited item, the race directors reserve the right to disqualify the runner.


Handcycles & Mobility Devices

Participation is at sole discretion of the Calgary Marathon and omission of any steps will result in disqualification and removal of bib.

Devices that are allowed:

  • Handcycles recreationally in the 5 km and 10 km distances ONLY. Handcycles can not participate competitively and are not allowed in the 21.1 km, 42.2 km or Ultra distances. Our course routes are not bike courses and the safety of all participants is paramount!
  • Racing wheelchairs in all distances. Racing wheelchairs will have their own results category and will have a 1 minute silent start before runners for each distance.
  • Wheelchairs, walkers, Joelettes, and motorized scooters/wheelchairs required for mobility are allowed. If you have any questions about the use of a specific mobility device that is not listed, please email info@calgarymarathon.com!

If you are participating in any event using a mobility device of any kind:

  • Register as a participant who will be using a mobility device (it’s a mandatory question when you register) by May 1st.
  • You will be contacted by Servus Calgary Marathon staff no later than May 15th to confirm your mobility device. We will place you in a wave that is safe for you and other participants and review the rules for participation.
  • When you pick up your package, your bib will have a special sticker on it.
  • Please plan to arrive at the start line 30 mins before your race distance starts to check all equipment and listen to any last minute instructions.
  • All racing wheelchairs will have a 1 min silent start before the runners.
  • All handcycles (recreational only!) will start in the last corral.
  • All other mobility devices will start in the last corral.

Some things to remember:

  • Anyone trying to enter chutes using a handcycle without the appropriate approvals will be removed from the course.
  • Participants are not allowed to pass any emergency vehicles, doing so will result in immediate disqualification and you will no longer be allowed to participate in future events.
  • We suggest participants stay as far right as safely possible to allow others to pass.
  • Participants will obey and listen to all directions given on course by lead bikes.
  • Roads are closed on a rolling time schedule, as such all intersections must be approached with caution and you may be required to stop.

Definitions:

  • Wheelchair – Traditional push rim wheelchair with 2 wheels identical in size (rear) and two smaller wheels (front casters).
  • Racing Wheelchair – Has two large wheels (rear) and one small wheel (front).
  • Handcycles – A three-wheeled cycle propelled by the arms rather than the legs.

Strollers

Strollers are only permitted on the 5 km, 10 km and 21.1 km routes only and MUST start in the last corral (purple) at the start line. Strollers are prohibited on the 42.2 km and 60 km courses.

Any children under the age minimums for the 10 km or 21.1 km are only permitted if pushed in a stroller. Please note that children under the age minimums will not receive a shirt, medal or any amenities at the finish line. Children in strollers must remain in their stroller for the entire duration of the race.

All participants in the 5 km race must be registered, with the exception of children that are ALREADY registered for the Kids Marathon OR children that will be in strollers for the entire duration of the race. Please note that children without a 5K bib will not receive a shirt, medal or any amenities at the finish line.


Whistleblower Policy

Run Calgary and the Calgary Marathon Society are committed to open, accountable, ethical and transparent governance which encourages a culture of integrity and social responsibility. An important aspect of accountability and transparency is a mechanism to enable all individuals to voice concerns in a responsible and effective manner should they discover information which they believe shows serious malpractice. In order to meet current standards, the Run Calgary Board of Directors has developed this Whistleblower Policy.

This policy is intended to provide an environment in which individuals interacting with Run Calgary and the Calgary Marathon Society, including but not limited to employees, volunteers, participants and contractors, are encouraged to raise serious concerns without risk of discrimination or adverse employment actions. Run Calgary ensures confidentiality and anonymity for the person reporting a concern, unless it is incompatible with a fair investigation or required by law.

It is the responsibility of every individual who is aware of or suspects a violation of the Run Calgary’s codes of conduct or matters of concern/wrongdoing to report the incident as soon as possible using the reporting standards in this Whistleblower Policy

Online Whistleblower Form

The Calgary Marathon Weekend

Race Weekend Information.