In light of  COVID-19 and the safety of all involved this year’s race on Sunday, October 11, is going virtual.



Now more than ever let’s come together as a community by running apart in support of the 42nd annual Manitoba Marathon. This year’s event may seem different but we can still set goals, overcome challenges, get outside and move alone or socially distanced with others, while connecting digitally, which keeps us motivated, inspired and celebrating one another’s achievements.


I want to run together, apart in the 42nd running of the Manitoba Marathon.

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Running in a world that requires distancing. The Manitoba Marathon is committed to bringing the same passion, fun and creativity to our virtual event that you have come to love and know from us. We have many plans and surprises in store so that we can be a part of your virtual journey! Details will be coming at you quickly so please ensure you follow us on social media, watch our website and CHECK YOUR EMAILS for important race communications such as instructions on how to download RunKeeper and how you can manually upload your time to the Race Roster leaderboard.



We’ve got the same stellar swag you have come to expect from us. Participate, run or walk virtually and earn your exclusive 2020 medal, custom buff and shirt (shirts for Full, Half and 10K events)


New Virtual Race Information
A virtual race allows participants to complete a race on their own, from anywhere. You may run or walk your race distance at your own pace and at a time and location of your choice, following the guidelines of your local health authorities. You may choose your own race day and your own starting line, whether it’s a treadmill, a park or your neighbourhood streets. This option allows those invested in their training to keep going and be rewarded for their efforts.

Who may Participate?
Manitoba Marathon 2020 is open to anyone anywhere who wishes to participate in our 42nd annual event.

What will I get?

  • All of the amazing 2020 Manitoba Marathon event swag prior to race that you can run with
  • A virtual DIY kit with start, finish and course distance markers
  • All the goodies to support yourself on race day: Nuun endurance hydration tablets, Honey Stinger Organic Cracker bars, and of course a finish line treat!
  • Links to exclusive offers from Modo Yoga, and many other corporate partners
  • Access to Runkeeper which will track your time and upload results automatically to Race Roster results page; manual timing upload will also be available
  • Upload, share and photo tagging to to share the excitement of your accomplishments with others
  • Entered into the Manitoba Marathon 30 days of Thanks prize draws

Virtual Race Tips

Race Package Pickup

Local residents have the option for drive thru/curbside pickup at our office at 1479 Dublin Avenue during set hours below:



For non-local residents we will mail to the address provided in Race Roster. Please ensure this address is up-to-date in your registration profile. Any returned packages with incorrect addresses will be responsible for the additional postage.



When may I run my Virtual Race?
Please first sign-up for the Virtual Race. You may then run anytime between October 11 through November 11, 2020, or when it’s safe to do so in your geographical area. Please exercise proper social distancing and follow the guidelines of your local health authorities.

Where is the Virtual Race Course?
Please choose your own route for this virtual event. It would be unsafe for us to provide a route that all could use at any specific time, as that may contribute to social distancing concerns. Additionally, by allowing registered runners to create their own routes, you may participate from wherever you are! Runners around the world annually register for Canada’s flattest, fastest  Marathon race. Use caution if running outside, and be alert of pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

We specifically request that you do not use any of the official race day routes, as these are not pedestrian safe without the use of street closures and police assistance with traffic. Please do not run on the official race course as this would not be safe and would not allow for following proper social distancing measures.

How will the Marathon Relay work?
Marathon Relay teams are welcome to run the Virtual Race and submit results, however, we ask that all runners ensure that they are practicing safe physical distancing. Give virtual high-fives! This is a unique year in which Relay team members can actually run their event distanced but together! Dress up, get creative and make it amazing!  Relay team captains are asked to manually upload one summed ‘team time’. For the Virtual Race your team may split the race distance as you see fit to collectively run the total 42.2KM Marathon distance.

How may I submit race results?
Details coming soon

May I still receive my shirt and medal if I don’t run?
Yes, if you’re unable to take part in the fun Virtual Race, you may contact our office to make collection arrangements.

Will there be awards for the Virtual Race and can I qualify for Boston?
As everyone will be on the honor system and submitting their own finish times, we will not be offering awards for the virtual event. Additionally, since you’ll be creating your own courses that will not be certified, you will not be eligible for Boston Marathon qualification.

May I still run and fundraise for the Virtual Race?
Yes, runners may still raise funds online the Manitoba Marathon and United Way thank you for you support of our projects during these unprecedented times.

I can’t participate can I receive a refund?

The Manitoba Marathon has always had a strict no refund policy. When Co-vid -19 first postponed our June event in March, we suspended registration and did everything we financially could to provide unprecedented options for our pre-registered participants at that time. When registration re-opened offering the in person (for Manitoba residents only) and virtual option we were very clear in all of our platforms and communications that should we be mandated to pivot to a virtual race there will be no refunds. These have been difficult times for many and our Charitable Organization is included. The Manitoba Marathon is doing all we can to provide the very best virtual race experience possible for our participants and we look forward to seeing you in this year’s amazing 2020 swag!


Thank you again for your patience, understanding and support of the Manitoba Marathon and our running community during these challenging and evolving times. We need to come together, while apart to ensure we can all continue to be around in our community for decades to come. We hope you’ll consider joining the Virtual Race and we look forward to being together again soon.

To our province, city, corporate partners, participants, volunteers and supporters for your continued support of the Manitoba Marathon. The safety of all of our stakeholders is paramount and we believe by coming together by running apart this year we can support each other and enjoy a slightly different but great Manitoba Marathon experience; celebrating fitness, family and fundraising within our great community.