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  • Are shirts unisex or men/women?
    The shirts are gender specific. Click here for the shirt sizing chart.
  • How many years has the Okanagan Marathon been in operation?
    16 years
  • If I can’t make the race, can I get a refund?
    No, there are no refunds for the race.
  • Can I transfer to another race? (Full Marathon to Half Marathon or 10K)
    Yes, but you will not be refunded the difference in price.
    Please submit request to
  • Can I transfer from 10K to the Full or Half Marathon?
    Yes, but you will have to pay the difference in the price.
    Please submit request to
  • Can I transfer my bib to another person?
    Please submit request to
  • How frequent are the mile or kilometer markers?
    Every 3km
  • What are the different pace-bunny times?
    • Half Marathon: 1:45 (2), 2:00 (2), 2:15 (2), 2:30, 2:45 (2)
    • Marathon: 3:30, 3:45 (1), 4:00 (1), 4:15, 4:30
      Note: Not finalized yet
  • What will be offered at the aid stations?
    GU Brew Electrolyte and Power Bar Gel
  • How many people are expected to run the marathon? How many ran it last year?
    • 678 for 2009 Marathon
    • 550 for 2010 Marathon
    • 474 for 2011 Marathon
  • Hotels close to start/finish
    Please refer to:
  • Where do I register?
    You can register online (click here)
  • How much of the course is asphalt (100%)?
  • When is package pickup?
    City Park – 1600 Abbot Street
    • Friday, October 5 – 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    • Saturday, October 6 – 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Can I run with my stroller?
    Strollers are only allowed in the 5K and 10K and will be placed at the back of all runners/walkers, and will be asked to stay on the outside of runners (either to the left or right)
  • Can I pick up my race package on Sunday?
    No -no exceptions
  • What type of wine is the Souvenir Wine?
  • Where do I park?
    Please click here for Parking Map. .
  • Same day registration?
  • Do I have to return my timing chip?
    No, they are recyclable, no need to return
  • Is the Kids Run free this year?
  • May I run with my child during the kids race?
  • Is there a gear check?
    Yes, it opens 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 contents are placed inside and marked clearly with your bib #. Please note all items not claimed by 2:00 p.m. 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.
  • What is the difference between chip time and gun time?
    The difference between chip and gun time is the chip is able to register with the mats at the start and finish of the race and therefore gives you a time that reflects the true distance that you ran. Chip timing has become popular over the last ten plus years as mass participation events have grown and participants do not get to the start line when the gun goes off as they are behind thousands of people.

    However Chip timing is only for personal interest. It is not used for official results. Here is a quick “official” response to this common 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. Net chip times are for personal interest only.

    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.

GUIDELINES REGARDING iPODS, EARPHONES, and other listening devices:

Runners safety is our #1 priority. If the listening of music prevents or jeopardizes any runners’ safety you may be disqualified. We have found earbud type listening devices that are inserted into the ear opening or headphone listening devices that completely cover the ear prevent the runner from hearing course marshal instructions and outside ambient sounds (ie. vehicles nearby). Road running races such as The Okanagan Marathon take place primarily on shared roadways with vehicles and Race Organizers are not able to obtain complete closures of all course route roadways. When runners share a roadway with traffic, it can be very dangerous if they isolate themselves from vehicle traffic, signals from race officials or city police or instructions from course marshalls, and cannot hear.


See the link below to view some hotel listings from the Kelowna Tourism website (minimum room rates are listed). As the race has a start/finish in City Park, you may want to try searching "downtown" as a keyword to find hotels that are close to the start of the race. Some of the hotels on Abbott St. or Bernard Ave. will be close to the park.



















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