Yellowknife Overlander Sports Marathon

 20 August 2017


The Overlander Sports Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10km run will be held on Sunday , 20 August 2017.  The marathon was instituted in commemoration of the fabled run of the Greek messenger Pheidippides, sent to relay the news of the victory at the Battle of Marathon. We do our best to honour his memory.

Registration is now open at (search for Yellowknife).  Get the route map here.

The Course

This year the event will be staged at the Somba Ke Civic Plaza, in the heart of Yellowknife. The full marathon is a figure 8 course that showcases all of Yellowknife, including Old Town, the Frame Lake Trail, and along Old Airport Road. Registration for the event includes refreshments at the aid stations, post-event barbecue, event Buff for all runners, medals from Old Town Glassworks for all marathon and half-marathoners, and a great time.

The course will be marked and marshalled. You will pass by Yellowknife Bay, Back Bay and other historic areas. There will be aid stations, race marshals, race signage, restrooms and spectator support along the route. Marathoners will complete 2 laps of the course, while Half-Marathon participants will complete 1 lap. The 10 km participants will complete the first loop into Old Town of the half-marathon route (actually about 10.6 km). There will be a small short-cut required for the 10 km event (straight through the Ceremonial Circle rather than detour via the Legislative Assembly), and so the 10 km event will start five minutes after the Half-Marathon.

The Old Town loop is approximately 11.7 km, the Old Airport Road loop is approximately 9.6 km, for a total of 21.3 km for the half-marathon, and 42.6 km for the full marathon.

Download the Marathon Route Map and the Half Marathon Profile. The 10 km route is now posted on Strava, look for the ‘Yellowknife 10 km’ route.

The Schedule

Friday, August 18, 2017

Last day to register. Registration closes at midnight

Saturday, August 19

  • Mandatory bib pick-up from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at Overlander Sports (4909, 50th Street).
  • Bibs will not be available for pickup on race day.

Sunday, August 20

Race Day at Somba Ke Civic Plaza!

  • Please check-in when you arrive at the start area.
  • Please arrive and sign-in between 7:30 and 7:40 for full marathon. Announcements at 7:50, event starts at 8:00.
  • Please arrive and sign-in between 8:10 and 8:30 for half marathon and 10 km. Announcements at 8:50, 1/2 Marathon starts at 9:00, 10 km starts at 9:05.
  • Washrooms and baggage storage will be available at the start line.
  • Free sausage and salad barbecue for all participants following the event, provided by Luluz Market. Coffee provided by Coffeelicious starting at 8:30. Fruit and water will also be available.

The Registration and Refund Policy

Registration for the Yellowknife Marathon is now open. Refund of 50% will be provided to anyone who has to withdraw before registration closes.  No refunds after registration closes. Email us at if a refund is required.

The Aid Stations

There will be five aid stations in the figure-8 loop, with volunteers at each, refreshments (water and some snacks), and communication to request emergency assistance. Aid stations will be located at:

  • Old Town near School Draw and Franklin,
  • 54th Ave and 52nd Street
  • McNiven Beach Park
  • Old Airport Road at Bristol Pit
  • Somba Ke Civic Plaza (includes restroom)

The Race Announcements

  • Participants should practice self-preservation and obey all rules of the road.
  • Be respectful to others using trails.
  • Run against the traffic, unless you are marshalled to do otherwise
  • Thank the volunteers when you see them out on the course, without them, there wouldn’t be an event!
  • Make sure to keep your number visible, if the timers don’t get your number, you won’t get a time.
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