Canada is the second largest country on earth in terms of area after Russia.

The national sport in Canada is lacrosse in summer and ice hockey in winter. Globally known running events in Canada, however, are few.

However, the country has interesting and large running events in its repertoire in all major cities.

The biggest running events in Canada

These are the six biggest and most famous city marathons in Canada:

  • Vancouver Marathon in May
  • Calgary Marathon in May
  • Toronto Marathon in May
  • Ottawa Race Weekend in May
  • Victoria Marathon in October
  • Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October

2 times Toronto Marathon

So, the major marathons in Canada are mostly split between the month of May in the spring and the month of October in the fall. Things get complicated in Canada's most populous city, Toronto. Two major city marathons are held here. In May, there is the Toronto Marathon with a total of 7,000 runners, but only a little more than 1,000 of them take part in the 42.195 kilometer race, with the rest of the runners taking part in shorter races.

The Toronto Waterfront Marathon, the second major marathon in Toronto, follows in October. The field of participants is considerably larger here, with almost 4,000 marathon starters, and the top times of the marathon runners are also faster. For hobby runners, however, both marathons are ideal for a sporty sightseeing tour of the city.

Fast and beautiful

The Canadian capital Ottawa also hosts the Ottawa Race Weekend in the spring. The event calls itself "Canada's biggest marathon weekend. But there's also a real crowd at the Vancouver Marathon, with more than 3,000 marathon finishers and even more than 6,000 half-marathon finishers. In the southwesternmost part of Canada on Vancouver Island, the Victoria Marathon on the Canadian coast also invites runners to an impressive marathon experience. The flat course with only 22 meters of elevation gain is also ideally built for personal best times.

More running tips in Canada

Away from the big cities, ultrarunners get their money's worth at the Yukon Arctic Ultra. This icy ultrarunning event features course lengths of up to 430 miles. The opposite is the Red Bull 400 in Whistler. There you will reach the finish line after only a few minutes. However, you have to run on the ski jump in Whistler. It's guaranteed to be the toughest miles of your life.

Triathlons in Canada

For triathlon fans it is worth to start at the IRONMAN Canada in Penticton. Calgary has a middle distance, as do Victoria, Muskoka and Mont-Tremblant. Another long-distance triathlon in the IRONMAN series is also held in Mont-Tremblant.

All Running Races in Canada (sorted by date) can be found in the following overview:

Running competitions 2024 in Canada

Yukon Arctic Ultra

 
1
Date of the race | 10:30 Uhr
Location of the race Whitehorse
Distance of the race 42,2 km - 430 Meilen

Gatineau Loppet

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Gatineau
Distance of the race 50 km / 27 km / 15 km / 10 km / 5 km

6633 Arctic Ultra

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Yukon
Distance of the race 380 Meilen / 120 Meilen

Kanada (Canmore) ➤ Biathlon-Weltcup

 
Date of the race | 17:40 Uhr
Location of the race Kananaskis
Distance of the race Sprint / Verfolgung / Massenstart

Vancouver Sun Run

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Vancouver
Distance of the race 10 km / 2,5 km

Mississauga Marathon

 
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Mississauga
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 2 km

Demi-Marathon de Lévis (Lévis Half-Marathon)

 
1
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Levis
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / Kinder: 2 km

Toronto Marathon

 
1
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race North York
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Vancouver Marathon

 
4
Date of the race | 08:30 Uhr
Location of the race Vancouver
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 8 km

Fredericton Marathon

 
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Fredericton
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 3 km

Blue Nose Marathon Halifax

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Halifax
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Saskatchewan Marathon

 
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Saskatoon
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 2 km

Ottawa Race Weekend - Ottawa Marathon & Ottawa 10K

 
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Ottawa
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 2 km

IRONMAN 70.3 Victoria

 
Date of the race | 05:55 Uhr
Location of the race Victoria
Distance of the race Mitteldistanz

Calgary Marathon

 
2
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Calgary
Distance of the race 50 km / 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Course des pompiers de Laval

 
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Laval
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 10 km / 5 km / 2 km

Banff Marathon

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Banff
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Manitoba Marathon

 
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Winnipeg
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 4,16 km

IRONMAN 70.3 Mont-Tremblant

 
1
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Mont-Tremblant
Distance of the race Mitteldistanz / Sprint / 5150

Vancouver Half-Marathon

 
2
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Vancouver
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 5 km

QMT - Québec Mega Trail

 
Date of the race | 20:00 Uhr
Location of the race Baie-Saint-Paul
Distance of the race 100 mi / 110 km / 80 km / 50 km / 25 km / 15 km / 6 km / 1 km

IRONMAN 70.3 Muskoka

 
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Huntsville
Distance of the race Mitteldistanz / Duathlon

Sinister 7 Ultra

 
Date of the race | 12.07.2025 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Blairmore
Distance of the race 161 km (6.665 Hm) / 50 mi / 50 km

Canadian Death Race

 
1
Date of the race | 02.08.2025 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Grande Cache
Distance of the race 118 km (5.181 Hm) / 42,2 km (2.132 Hm)

Squamish 50

 
Date of the race | 04:30 Uhr
Location of the race Squamish
Distance of the race 50 mi / 50 km / 23 km

Edmonton Marathon

 
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Edmonton
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 3 km

Challenge Cap Québec

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Quebec
Distance of the race Middle Distance / Olympic / Sprint

Black Spur Ultra

 
Date of the race | 23.08.2025 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Kimberley
Distance of the race 108 km (4.460 Hm) / 54 km (2.230 Hm) / 2,4 km (540 Hm)

IRONMAN Canada Penticton

 
1
Date of the race | 06:45 Uhr
Location of the race Penticton
Distance of the race Langdistanz / Ironkids

Ultra-Trail Harricana du Canada

 
1
Date of the race | 13:00 Uhr
Location of the race La Malbaie
Distance of the race 125 km (4.220 Hm) / 80 km (2.146 Hm) / 65 km (1.870 Hm) / 42 km (1.300 Hm) / 28 km (1.000 Hm) / 20 km (0.657 Hm) / 10 km (0.290 Hm) / 5 km

Challenge Esprit Montréal - Canada

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Montreal
Distance of the race Middle Distance / Olympic / Sprint / Supersprint

The Golden Ultra

 
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Golden
Distance of the race 60 km / 30 km / 23 km / 10 km / 5 km / 3 km

Marathon de Montréal

 
Date of the race | 07:45 Uhr
Location of the race Montreal
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Ultra Trail Whistler

 
Date of the race | 05:00 Uhr
Location of the race Whistler
Distance of the race 99,7 km / 54,7 km / 24,1 km

Quebec City Marathon

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Quebec
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / Kinder: 2 km

Valley Harvest Marathon

 
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Wolfville
Distance of the race 50 km / 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Victoria Marathon

 
1
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Victoria
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 8 km

Niagara Falls Marathon

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Niagara Falls
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Toronto Waterfront Marathon

 
2
Date of the race | 08:45 Uhr
Location of the race Toronto
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km

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