Yellowknife Overlander Sports Marathon

August 18, 2019


The Overlander Sports Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10km run will be held on Sunday , August 18, 2019.  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).  

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, Niven Lake Trail and along Old Airport Road. Registration for the event includes refreshments at the aid stations, post-event food, event swag 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 two figure-eights of the course, while Half-Marathon participants will complete one figure eight. 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.

Updated route map for Overlander August 16, 2019: 

The Schedule

Update: Friday, August 16, 2019

Last day to register to register has been extended to Friday, August 16th, 2019. Registration closes at midnight on

Saturday, August 17, 2019

  • 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 18, 2019

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.
  • Fruit and water will also be available at all aide stations.
  • Food will be provided post race by Sugar Mamas Food Stand.

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
  • Old Airport Road at Bristol Pit
  • Old Airport Road Across from the Co-op
  • 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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Want to take part in all the fun but don’t want to run? Why not volunteer? Volunteers are the pillar stone of this event and are needed for the following tasks:

Race Kit Hand Outs – 6 Volunteers (Saturday)
Race Sign In/Chip Hand out – 3 – 4 Volunteers
Water/Aid Stations – 15 – 20 Volunteers
Setup/Tear Down – 4 – 6 Volunteers
Start/Finish Line Monitors – 4 – 6 Volunteers
Cheering Section – Lots Needed

If you are interested in volunteering please send us an email at


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Please monitor this website for updates, last update was June 6, 2019.




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