Texada provides a challenging course that will provide serious bragging rights.
Marathon finishers have said it is the toughest road marathon in Canada. Come decide for yourself.
Run the Rock Marathon, Half & 8K
August TBA, 2021 — Texada Island, BC
Marathon: 7:00am — Shelter Point Regional Park
Half-Marathon: 8:30am — Van Anda School
8K: 10:30am — Texada Island Airport
Finish — Shelter Point Regional Park
Tenth Marathon and Half-Marathon, plus 8K, on Texada Island!
Marathon or Half Entry Fees:
$50 early bird, through May 8
$60 regular, through August 4
$80 late, through August 19
No registration after August 19
BC Athletics 'athlete' members deduct $3
8k Entry Fees:
$20 family entry (3 or more)
Shirt can be purchased at cost on race day if available
Race day registration available at the start until 10am.
Proceeds will be donated to the Texada Food Bank.
NOTE: If wildfire smoke creates conditions that would make it unsafe for running, we are not in a position to provide full refunds. Registered runners would be provided with their race shirt and a 50% discount on registration for the following year.
Half Marathon: click to enlarge
Elevation chart: click to enlarge
Marathon: click to enlarge
Elevation chart: click to enlarge
There will be no road closures in effect. However, traffic is generally light and RCMP will be out on the road, plus there will be caution signs along Gillies Bay Road. Runners must run on the left facing traffic unless otherwise directed by officials. All road crossings will have course marshals with traffic control signs. Failure to obey instructions of race officials or RCMP will result in immediate disqualification.
Marathon & Half Courses
The marathon is a loop course starting and finishing at Shelter Point Regional Park. The half marathon is a point to point route along the second half of the marathon route, starting at Texada School in Van Anda. Click maps to enlarge.
The course will be open for 6 hours; therefore, no walkers will be allowed in the full marathon. No runners under 16 years old will be permitted in the full marathon. Any runner with a disability must provide notice with registering so plans to accommodate can be made.
8k: click to enlarge
The 8k starts at the Texada Airport, runs 180m up the road to the Lafarge Gate, turns around and goes down Airport Road to the intersection with Gillies Bay Road at the Community Hall. Cross over Gillies Bay Road and proceed along same route as the Full/Half to Shelter Point.
Gear check will be available at all starting points and stored in secure location (brought to finish). However, runners should not leave valuables in bags as organizers cannot be responsible for loss of valuables.
There are washrooms available at all starting locations.
Water and sport drink will be available approximately every 5km in first half and then approximately every 3 km after that, to the finish. Some aid stops in the second half will have fruit slices. Locations: 4.5k, 10k, 14.9k, 20k, 22.2k, 25k, 27.3k, 29.7k, 32.6k, 36.2k, 38.7k. Additional water stops will be added after 30k if it is a hot day.
See TACT website for travel directions from Vancouver/Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. The ferry to Texada goes from Powell River to Blubber Bay.
Shuttle van will meet the 6:50am ferry from Powell River. Due to BC Ferries revised schedules this will not permit Comox ferry connection on Sunday morning.
Marathoners will have to overnight on Texada. Ride from ferry on Saturday available if arranged in advance.
Finishers will be shuttled back to Van Anda school if required. Vans will take runners back for the 3:30pm ferry.
8k participants need to arrange their own ride to the start at the airport (carpooling from Shelter Point encouraged). Check-in will be in the parking lot at the airport. A shuttle will be available to bring 8k finishers back to the airport parking lot after the event.
Many runners choose to camp right at the finish line (and marathon start) at Shelter Point Regional Park. This is a beautiful, quiet campground with a full-time caretaker, concession, indoor washrooms/showers, firewood sales, grassy field, playground, nature trails, boat ramps, and over 2km of beach front. Reservations for group campsites only; individual sites are first come, first served. $23 per night ($21 for seniors). The lack of any major predators (bears, cougars, etc.) on the island means you can enjoy your camping experience without worry!
If camping's not your thing, see TACT website for many more Texada accommodation options.