Frequently Asked Questions

Refunds: Due to the nature of our event Manitoba Marathon does not offer refunds, or deferrals -no exceptions.

If you are injured or your training has gone better than you expected we do offer event changes please see below!

Event Changes/Transfers

We offer event changes and bib transfers.  These may be done online, or in person at our office until June 10th.  **After this date changes may be done at the Fit Expo on June 14th and 15th at late registration. There is a $20 change fee (plus processing fees and any event fee increases if applicable).

I’ve never run before, what should I know?

Great question!  All race participants must pickup their Race kit at our 2 day Expo – please scroll down to view that information. Educate yourself on the course, where you will be running, and where your course ventures away from other courses. Familiarize yourself with the recovery area after you have crossed the finish line and ensure you have designated a meeting place to reunite with friends and family.  A map of this area can be found by clicking Start  or finish area map

How do I redeem my deferral code from 2020?

All Deferral codes have now expired and cannot be redeemed.

Manitoba Hydro Energy For Life Shuttle

We are excited to announce the return of our shuttle service on race day! Shuttles will operate from several locations in close proximity to the University Campus.

Individual wristbands can be purchased during the registration process, or by visiting the online store after you are registered.

Wristbands will be specific to the shuttle location selected. While we can accommodate up to 1000 shuttle riders from each location,  each lot has a finite number of parking spaces. There are two options for purchase; wristbands that include a parking pass, as well as wristbands that are for riders only. Please plan to carpool to the shuttle locations and make your selections accordingly so that we can transport as many participants as possible.

Additional wristbands will be available for purchase at the Fit Expo based on availability.

Wristbands are required to ride the shuttle on race day and will not be available for purchase at the shuttle locations. 

How do I sign up my family for the 5km Super Run ?

Our family pack registration is new for 2024!

When you register your family (minimum 4 people from the same household) you will receive 10% off your registration fees!

Having trouble registering? Watch this easy video for instructions!

What time does the 5km Super Run start on race day?

Also NEW for 2024! The 5km Super Run will start at 8am on race day! This new start time allows us to manage participant traffic on race day for drivers, shuttle riders and pedestrians. You also get to sleep in an extra hour and still enjoy all the fun of race morning! Be sure to arrive on site by 7am to park, check your bag and make your way to the start line to cheer on your fellow runners!

Is there a Course close time?

YES! The Manitoba Marathon course officially closes at a pace of 14 minutes per mile or an 8:42Km. A well-marked Course Closing Vehicle will signal the closing of the course. Participants who are either passed by the course closing vehicle, or who have not reached Pembina Hwy & Crescent Dr. by the posted course closing time of 12:45 pm will be REQUIRED to exit the course via complimentary shuttle back to the U of M. These participants are welcomed to the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries recovery area for rest and refreshments, but will not receive an official time. All participants must be finished by no later than 1pm.

All runners who are transported in Marathon vehicles due to course closing or medical circumstances will be required to wear a mask while in the vehicle.

Are there any event age restrictions?

Participants wishing to register for the Asics Runkeeper Half Marathon are required to be 13 years of age or older on race day. Participants in the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Full Marathon are required to be 16 years of age or older on race day.

I’ve registered for the Manitoba Marathon what do I do now?

Besides your training, you are required to pick up your Race Package at the 2 day  Fit Expo.
All race packages are filed numerically. Bib#’s will be e-mailed to all participants on the Thursday prior to the race. Race numbers can also be looked up at the Expo itself.  Participants picking up race kits will be asked for Photo I.D.

Can I have someone else pickup my race kit?  

Absolutely. Please send them your confirmation email and Bib number giving them permission to do so.

There is a limit of three kits per person picking up at the expo.

Do you offer race day package pick up?

NO.  You must pick up your race kits at our 2 day Fit Expo the Friday and Saturday before the race.

Johnston Group Relay Kit Pick-Up

Please pre-arrange and designate one team member to pick up the relay kit at the Expo.  All team members are encouraged to attend our fantastic 2 day Fit Expo and all teams must be fully registered otherwise team packages will not be given out. The Relay captain will receive its team’s Bib # via email Thursday prior to the race.  These numbers will also be available via lookup at the Expo, please be certain of your exact Relay Team name if you need to look it up at the Expo!

In the Johnston Group Relay, can we have more than 5 members if our team doesn’t want to run these distances?

The maximum number of participants in the relay is 5.  We do allow teams of less members, however, you are not able to qualify for awards if you place.  You are also responsible for paying the entire fee, even with less members, as this is a team fee in its entirety.

Can I run in two events?      

If you are running in the Relay Event and also wish to participate in the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Full Marathon or Runkeeper Half marathon you must register and pay for each event as they are separate events.

You must also be the first runner for your team.  You will wear your Full or Half bib as well as your Relay Timing bib at the start line.  You may start with the Full and Half participants, passing the Relay Timing Bib at exchange zone one to Runner # 2.

My partner is running the Full, and I am running the Half.  Can we start at the same start line?
No. We ask that everyone starts at their own start line to avoid confusion of start times, congestion at start lines and to ensure that timing is calculated correctly. also, because the Half and Full run on opposite sides of the road, starting in the wrong corral will mean that you are not running the certified course.

Can I wear my race bib where ever I like?

NO.  Race Bibs must be worn on the front of your body, either on your shirt, or on your shorts.  Manitoba Marathon staff must be able to identify that you are a registered runner on the course.

Do I really have to register my baby?

YES.  Any strollers MUST be registered, as we must have everyone on the course accounted for.  Please be aware that the 5km Super Run is the only event that allows strollers and you must start at the back of the pack or last corral. Full, Half, 10km, and Relay events do NOT allow strollers, and you will be removed from the course. Please note that immediately after your stroller finish on IG field you will be escorted by a volunteer via elevator onto the concourse level where you can head into the recovery area for your post-race refreshments.

NOTE: Manitoba Marathon does not allow cyclists other than our own Official cyclists out on the course at any time.

Can I wear earphones/earbuds while I run?

“The use of portable headphone devices is discouraged (prohibited for Elite Athletes) – for your safety and the safety of others. You MUST be aware of your surroundings at all times and this includes being able to hear any verbal warnings/instructions from police/course officials; or the sound of any vehicles and other participants on the course. If you choose to wear a portable headphone device during a race, you do so at your own risk and on your own responsibility.” Any Elite Athlete wearing a headphone device during the race and upon finishing with an award placement understands their use of these devices is prohibited and will result in disqualification from race awards.

My marathon trainer has always been my dog.  Can I run with him on race day?

Unfortunately due to health, safety and space concerns, we do not allow any pets or animals allowed on the course.  (Minus the odd Manitoba squirrel!)