Event Information

Rules & Regulations

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

Please check out the race  FAQ  for more questions and answers.

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Age Restrictions

  • Scotiabank Marathon: You must be 16 years of age or older on race day to be eligible to participate.
  • Centaur Subaru 21.1K: You must be 14 years of age or older on race day to be eligible to participate.
  • 50K Ultra Marathon: You must be 18 years of age or older on race day to be eligible to participate.

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

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

Course Safety / Road Closure

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is a foot race. For safety and liability reasons courses are limited to registered runners only. Inline skates, bicycles, skateboards, and running with dogs is strictly prohibited. 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 Closure, Walk or Run

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.

Headphones and Music Players

The race directors prohibit 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 Rules and Regulations

Please note: The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is not a bike course and safety of all participants is paramount. With rolling road closures and tight corners, handcyclists will only be permitted to participate recreationally in the 5K and 10K distances.

Athletes using a push rim wheelchair will be allowed to race competitively in all distances. Racing wheelchair results have their own category. Absolutely no handcycles will be allowed in the race (competitive) category for any distance.

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

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

  • Register as a participant who will be using a wheelchair (it’s a mandatory question when you register) by May 1st at calgarymarathon.com
  • You will be contacted by CMS staff to confirm your mobility device and to review rules for participation no later then May 5th
  • When you pick up your package, your bib will have a special sticker on it
  • Be at the start line 30 mins before your race distance starts to check all
    equipment and listen to any last minute instructions. Please note:
    anyone missing briefing will not be allowed to start the race.
  • Participants in racing wheelchairs will have a 1 min silent start before
    the runners.
  • All recreational handcycles 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 vehicle doing so will result in an immediate disqualification and no longer allowed to participate in future events
  • Participants will stay as safely to the far right of the road as 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


  • 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 are only permitted on the 5KM Family Run or Walk route. Strollers are prohibited on all other courses and must start in the last corral.

Course Availability

All race courses are limited to registered event participants only.

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