Run Details

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Marathon – Start time: 8 am

startThe marathon course is a clock-timed event.

Water stations are every 5 km. Runners are to stay on the right hand side of the highway, to the right of the orange delineators.

The course is an out and back route. It starts at the Kaay Haida Heritage Centre at Second Beach in Skidegate. The route goes north along the highway through the village of Skidegate, about 2 Km from the start. Going through the village you pass the new totem pole, which was raised in 2017.  It replaced the totem pole carved by Haida artist Bill Reid, which is now at the Kaay Centre. The course continues through the village, past the cemetery and out onto Highway 16.

The route continues along the highway past Balance Rock, Miller Creek, Dead Tree Point, past the small community of Lawnhill, up a small hill to the halfway point at St. Mary’s Spring. (It is said that if you drink the water at the spring, you will return to Haida Gwaii). This is the marathon turn around point. The course returns the same way. By the time you get back to the village, people will be out getting ready for Skidegate Days. You may have to make your way through the crowd.

The finish line is where you started at the Kaay Centre.


Half-Marathon – Start time 8 am

BevYovanovich00726Water stations are every 5 km. Runners are to stay on the right hand side of the highway, to the right of the orange delineators.

The course is an out and back route. It starts at the Kaay Haida Heritage Centre at Second Beach in Skidegate. The route goes north along the highway through the village of Skidegate, about 2 Km from the start.

The course follows the same route as the marathon – through the village, past the cemetery and out onto Highway 16, along the highway past Balance Rock and Miller Creek. The Miller Creek water station is the turn around point for the Half-Marathon The course returns the same way you went out. By the time you get back to the village, people will be out getting ready for Skidegate Days.

The finish line is where you started at the Kaay Centre.


10 km Run – Start time 8:15 am (approximately)

The 10 Km Run starts about 10 to 15 minutes after the marathon and half-marathon runners have left. The event is clock-timed, so the finish line people like to have a round number on the clock to help make it easier to calculate the times. Runners are to stay on the right hand side of the highway, to the right of the orange delineators.

Note: If a 10 km runner leaves with the marathoners and half-marathoners, his/her race time will not be counted. It will be recorded as a DNS/DNF (did not start/did not finish).

The course is an out and back route. It starts at the Kaay Haida Heritage Centre at Second Beach in Skidegate. The route goes north along the highway through the village of Skidegate, about 2 Km from the start. The course follows the same route as the marathon – through the village, past the cemetery and out onto Highway 16, along the highway to Balance Rock.

The Balance Rock water station is the turn around point for the 10 Km Run. The course returns the same way you went out – back down the highway, and through the village to the finish line where you started at the Kaay Centre.


1.5 km Walk to Breakfast – Start time: Once all the runners have left!

Once the runners have left, family, friends and runner supporters are encouraged to stroll along Highway 16 from the Start Line to the Community Hall on Front Street where breakfast is served to kick off Skidegate Days.  After breakfast, walk back to the start line to cheer in the runners!