GENERAL INFORMATION  |  COURSE INFORMATION  |  ABC KIDS' RUN
TRANSFERS AND REFUNDS
  |  TIMING / RESULTS   |  VOLUNTEER INFORMATION




GENERAL INFORMATION


Are race shirts unisex or men/women?

The shirts are gender specific. Click here for the shirt sizing chart.
 

Can I exchange my race shirt?
Shirt Exchange is ONLY available on Sunday morning, at Gear Check (located in Sports Expo Tent).
 

Is the BMO Okanagan Marathon a Boston Qualifier?
Yes, the 2017 BMO Okanagan Marathon is a qualifier for the 2019 Boston Marathon.
 

Are there age restrictions on any of the events?
18 years old is the recommended minimum age for the Marathon. For the Half Marathon, previous Half Marathon experience and/or proper training is recommended.
 

When is Package Pick-up?
City Park - 1600 Abbot Street, Kelowna BC
Friday, October 6 - 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Saturday, October 7 - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
*Please note there will be NO package pick-up on Sunday.
 

Are there restrictions on how I can participate?
For Sunday events, no running strollers, roller blades, support vehicles, escort runners, pets, or cyclists allowed.
 

Can I run with my stroller?
Strollers are only allowed in the 5km Run/Walk event. Participants with strollers will be placed of the group, and asked to stay on the outside of runners (either to the right or left).
 

When can I get a massage?
Massages are available on SUNDAY only. You can pre-purchase a massage on line when you register. Walk-up’s are also welcome ($30 - CASH ONLY) at Massage Tent located just outside of Sports Expo Tent.
 

Is there a gear check?
Yes, gear check will open at 6:15 am at the Sports Expo. You will be given a bag and label, please write your bib # on the label and ensure all of your belongings are placed inside and marked clearly with your bib #. Please note all items not claimed by 2:00 pm will be donated to charity.
 

Will there be a lost & found?
Yes, it will be at gear check on Sunday morning. Please note all items not claimed by 2:00 p.m. will be donated to charity.
 

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COURSE INFORMATION


Are there restrictions on how I can participate?

For Sunday events, no running strollers, roller blades, support vehicles, escort runners, pets, or cyclists allowed.
 

Can I run with my stroller?
Strollers are only allowed in the 5km Run/Walk event. Participants with strollers will be placed at the back of the group, and asked to stay on the outside of runners (either to the right or left).
 

How frequent are the mile or kilometer markers?
Every 1km.
 

Will roads or transit be impacted?
Various road closures will be in effect on SUNDAY from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (will be published closer to the date of the event). Transit service may also be affected, specifically for the #1, #2, #4, #8, and #12 routes
 

What are the different pace-bunny times?
Half Marathon: 1:45, 1:55, 2:00, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20, 2:30, 2:45, Complete
Marathon: 3:30, 3:45, 3:55, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, Complete
 

What will be offered at the aid stations?
GU Hydration Drink Mix (Lemon Lime and Blueberry-Pomegranate flavours) and GU Energy Gels (Salted Caramel, Tri Berry, and Strawberry/Banana flavours).
Click here for more information on GU products or shop online at Running Room.
 

Where are the washrooms located?
Washrooms will be provided at the Start/Finish area, as well as all water stations. There are also a number of washrooms throughout City Park.
 

Are headphones allowed on course?
Runner safety is our #1 priority. If listening to music prevents, or jeopardizes any runner safety you may be disqualified from the race. We have found that earbuds, or headphones that completely cover the ear prevent runners from hearing course marshal instructions, and outside ambient sounds (e.g. vehicles/traffic). Road races, such as the BMO Okanagan Marathon, take place on shared roadways with vehicles, and cyclists, and Race Organizers are not able to obtain complete closures of all course roadways. When runners share roadways with traffic it can be very dangerous if they are unable to hear the surrounding traffic, signals from race officials, police, or instructions from course marshals.
 

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ABC KIDS' RUN


What is the ABC Kids Run? How long does it take?

The ABC Kids Run is a fun and active combination of a several fitness activity stations, followed by approximately a 1 km run. It has been designed for kids of all ages to assist with the skills of running, jumping, and throwing that spans all abilities. It is a gender equitable program, and is adaptive to special needs children, and children with disabilities. The fitness activity stations are not timed and can be done in any order, and as many times as you would like – set-up for Mom & Dad and all spectators to be right beside the activity to cheer and take photos. The run is a mass start, with children lined up in age groups, led by the older & larger children first.  The fitness activity stations take approximately 30-40 minutes and the run takes 10-15 minutes.
 

May I run with my child during the Kids Run?
Yes.
 

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TRANSFERS AND REFUNDS


If I can’t make the race can I get a refund?

No, there are no refunds for the race.
 

Can I transfer my bib to another person?
On your Confirmation Email, ther is a Link to Transfer your registration to another person.  Click on this Link and put in the new person's email address.  The new person will receive an email and update with their own personal information.  The fee to do this transfer is $12 (plus processing and taxes).

 

Can I transfer to another distance? 
To transfer to another distance, please request to info@okanaganmarathon.ca 

To transfer to a lesser distance (for example from Marathon to Half Marathon) there is no fee for this.  However, note the difference in registrations fees is non-refundable.  If you want to transfer up in distance, you will have to pay the difference in registration fees.

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TIMING / RESULTS


Which events are timed?

The 10km, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon events are timed. The BMO ABC Kids Run, and the 5km Walk/Run are NOT timed.
 

What is the difference between chip time and gun time?
Chip timing is able to register with the mats at the start and finish line; therefore, it gives you a time that reflects the true distance you ran. However, chip timing is only for personal interest; it is not used for official results. Here is a quick “official” response to this question:  According to IAAF rules, race results and awards should be based on official time or GUN TIME (the time from the start gun to the crossing of the finish line). They should not be based on net times found by subtracting the time of crossing the start mat from the time of crossing the finish mat, if chip timing is used with a start mat.

Chip times can be displayed on the official results as well as the gun times, but should not be used to sort the finishers.  Running is a true sport and the “winners” are decided by whomever gets to the finish line first, regardless of the exact time you cross the start mat. Any athlete that believes they can win overall or age group should make the effort to be close to the start line.
 

Do I have to return my timing chip?
No, they are recyclable.
 

What happens if I am still on the coure when the roads re-open to traffice at 2pm?
It is our goal for everyone to have a good event and be well informed.  Runners/Walkers please note that the city roads re-open at 2pm.  This means for those still on the course they must move onto the sidewalks and follow the normal rules of the road for traffic lights, stop signs, etc.  For those Marathon runners/walkers that are at a slower pace than 10min per 1km, they may be asked at the half way point to consider completing the Half Marathon course.  For those that decide to take this option, the runner's will get a Half Marathon medal and be refunded the price difference between Marathon and Half Marathon.  For those that decide to continue, you will be reminded to move on to the sidewalk at 2pm.

 

Could there be a discrepancy between the Gun Time and my GPS?

Yes, there could be; a distance discrepancy could be the results of a number of things: Runners may add distance by starting back of the start line, tend to take longer turns, water stops, inexperience of the course, softer side or cant on the roadway or not consistently running a straight line.
Consumer grade GPS units take readings which can be plotted on a graph, the readings can be every 1 to 20 seconds. The readings are affected by satellite position, signal noise, natural barriers or where/how your GPS unit is held (e.g. on your arm). GPS units are listed as accurate within 3-10m, this applies throughout the course of readings. Road race courses are measured using a calibrated mechanical counter measuring the 'shortest possible route’ (SPR). Multiple measures are compared to ensure accuracy. Over the total distance it is common to have a GPS register a distance longer than the measured distance.
 

When and Where will results be posted?
Results will be posted online through www.sportstats.ca.   There will also be a link on the main page of this website.

 

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VOLUNTEER INFORMATION


To view the Course Marshal Instruction Guide - Click Here

To view the Water Station Instruction Guide - Click Here

To view the 5k Race Course Marshal Map - Click Here

 

How can I Volunteer?

You can send an email to the Volunteer Coordinator at: volunteer@okanaganmarathon.ca

You can register online at: okanaganmarathon.volunteerhub.com

 

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