FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS...
How long is a ¼ Marathon.
A full marathon is 26 miles, 385 yards or 42.159 km. Thus, a ¼ marathon is exactly 6 miles, 975.25 yards or 10.549 km. The course is precision measured using a gps device to ensure that the Durham ¼ Marathon is indeed a full ¼ marathon. There are no estimates in this race.
How long is a 1/8th Marathon.
A 1/8 marathon is exactly 5.274 km. The course is precision measured by a gps device to ensure that the 1/8th Marathon is indeed a full 1/8th marathon. There are no estimates in this race.
What are the directions to the start area?
There will not be parking directly at the start area but parking is available free of charge within a 5 minute walk. If coming from Toronto, take the 401 to the Simcoe Street exit. The exit actually takes you onto Bloor street so turn left at the lights onto Bloor street and turn left again at the next set of lights at Simcoe Street. Follow Simcoe street through to the downtown turning left onto Bond Street (one way). Follow Bond Street to the next set of lights at Centre street and turn left again. Just before King Street and on your left hand side is an enterance to a parking garage. Parking is free on weekends so please find a spot there. To walk to the start area just follow Centre Street south until until you get to City Hall ... you cannot miss it.
If taking GO Transit, take the GO train into Oshawa. Take the Oshawa-Courtice-Bowmanville-Newcastle GO Bus into Oshawa. Once Downtown, get off at the King St./Bond St. stop. Walk South on Bond Street until you come to Oshawa City Hall
Is the start and finish at the same location?
No, the Durham ¼ Marathon is known as what is called an 'out only' race. This means that you will start at one location and finish at another. The start location for the 1/4 Marathon is at Oshawa City Hall. The start location for the 1/8 Marathon is at Lakeview Park. Both the 1/4 Marathon and the 1/8 Marthon finish at the same location near the lake at Lakefront West Park. The benefit however, is that the course is a net downhill course. This means that you start at a higher elevation than where you will finish, making the course just a bit faster. This does not mean there will not be any hills but rather you will travel more downhill than uphill.
How will I get back to the start area and my car?
A shuttle bus service has been arranged to facilitate transport to and from the start and finish areas. Starting at 8:30am a shuttle bus will depart Oshawa City Hall making the first stop at Lakeview Park for the 1/8 Marathon Start. The bus will then proceed to the finish area at Lakefront West Park. The bus will then travel in the reverse order making the last stop at Oshawa City Hall. Family, friends and other spectators can use this service to get to and from the start areas to the finish ara. The shuttle busses will depart both the start and finish areas every 30 minutes until Noon. This service is offered free of charge to all SUBWAY Restaurants Durham ¼ Marathon participants, their family and friends.
Is first aid available throughout the race?
Yes, first aid providers will be present on foot and bicycle throughout the course and at the finish area. Also, all traffic marshal volunteers will be watching for the health of the participants to minimize any problems.
Will the event be chip timed?
Yes, all the SUBWAY Restaurants Durham ¼ Marathon events will be chip timed and results will be available within minutes of crossing the finish line and on the web within hours of the end of the event.
Will I receive a shirt?
The SUBWAY Restaurants Durham ¼ Marathon is once again pleased to offer a technical shirt to the first 600 registrants. We are sure that you will once again be pleased with this year's design.
Will I receive a finisher medal?
'The Durham ¼ Marathon provides unique and distinctive 'medals' to the top three male and female finishers and the top three male and female finishers in each age category only. We will once again be providing a unique certificate of completion to each participant or a seal to update your current certificate.
Can I walk the course?
Yes, the course will be open until 11:30. This means that you have 2.5 hours to complete the course, which is well within the average walking time for this distance. If you plan on walking, please start the event near to the back of the pack to be courtious to the running participants.
Can I bring my stroller or Dog?
Yes, strollers and dogs are permitted, however, we do request that you start the race near to the back of the pack to minimize obstruction or injury to the other runners.
Can I rollerblade or bike the course?
Rollerblades and bicycles are not permitted on the course as a part of the Durham ¼ Marathon.
Are there food and drinks available for the participants?
The Durham ¼ Marathon will provide water at the 3.3km, 5km and 7.5km and 9km marks of the course. The finish area will provide a large assortment of food and beverages and, in the past, has been one of the many features of the event that past participants have commented as exceptional. This year will be no different.
When can I pick up my race kit?
You can pick up your race kit at the Oshawa Centre starting at 10:00 am on Thursday, July 19st. Kits are also available for pick up on the 20nd at the Oshawa Centre from 10:00am - 9:00pm and again on race day starting at 7:00 am. You can also pick up your race kit at the Whitby Running Room on Thursday, July 20st from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm only but special arrangments must be made to pick up your race kit at this location.