FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

faq iconRegistration

Question 1: How do I register for one of the runs?

1. Online at Race Roster before Wednesday, September 4th, 2022.

2. On Saturday, September 10 th  at Centre 200 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Question 2: Is there a cut off date?

Online registration closes Wednesday, September 4 th , 2022. All registration closes on Saturday, September 10 th  at 5:00 p.m.

Question 3: Can I register for an event on race day?

There will be NO REGISTRATION on race day.

Question 4: If I have to cancel my registration or I want to change my distance, what is the process?

Registrations are non-refundable and we are not allowing deferrals in 2022. However, you can transfer your registration to another participant or change distances but simply navigating our event page on Race Roster and selecting the transfer option from the right-side menu.  If you are experiencing difficulty, please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Question 5: Are there any events that walkers are allowed?

Walkers can participate in the 5k and 10k event. There are no prizes for walkers as this is primarily a running event.

Question 6: Where and where do I pick up my race kit?

Race kits can be picked up on Saturday, September 10 th  from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Centre 200 (481 George St, Sydney) and Sunday, September 8 th  prior to your race at Victoria Park.

Question 7: Can a friend/family member pick up my race kit?


Question 8: Can I park at Victoria Park?

No, access to Victoria Park is restricted to pedestrians. Please allow for an hour to park and organize yourself prior to race times. There is parking available in the vicinity of Victoria Park.

Question 9: Can I use the Cape Breton Fiddlers Marathon to qualify for Boston?

Yes, you can use the Fiddlers Run Marathon to qualify for the Boston Marathon. The course is a certified Boston Marathon qualifier.

Question 10: I would like to volunteer, how do I register?

We require around 250 volunteers to make the Weekend a success. Please click the following link to sign up Volunteer Registration.

Question 11: Where can I purchase official Cape Breton Fiddlers Marathon merchandise?

You can get your official Cape Breton Fiddlers Marathon merchandise during the expo at our booth. We have a variety of crested items, running hats, t-shirt, and much more! They make a great souvenir or gift.

Question 12: Are there age limitations?

  • Children under the age of 6 are only eligible for the youth run on Saturday, September 10 th , 2022;
  • Children between the ages of 6-12 years are permitted to run the 5k race, but must be accompanied along the route the entire time by a registered participant over 18 years of age;
  • Children 12-18 years are permitted to run the 10k with parental consent;
  • Adults 18 years or older can register for all races (5K, 10K, half-marathon and marathon).

Race Shirts

Question 1: Tell me about the race shirts?

The t-shirts are short-sleeve technical shirts. T-shirts are available in ladies extra small to XXL and men’s sizes from small to XXL. Question 2: Am I guaranteed to get my correct shirt size? You are guaranteed your size if you register by August 20 th , 2022. There will be additional shirts ordered, but we cannot guarantee your size after August 20 th .

Other Weekend Events

Question 1: What other race related events are happening?

September 10 th , 2022: Healthy Living Expo – between 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., we will be offering an expo including a wide range of wellness and active living related presenters and merchants from around Atlantic Canada. Kid’s Open Hearth Run - Registration for the Youth Fun Run will take place on Saturday, September 10 th , between 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. at Open Hearth Park at the security building. The race itself will start at 7:30 pm. Our course marshalls will have glow sticks and we ask all kids to wear reflective clothing. There is a $5.00 registration fee. Sunday, September 10 th : local, live entertainment will be along the course!

Question 2: what accommodations are available close the run site?

The Cambridge Suites is the official hotel for the Fiddlers Marathon. Ask them about the special Fiddlers Marathon rate by phoning (902) 564-2017 or 800-595-9466


Question 1: What are my responsibilities for knowing the course?

Check out the maps under routes on our website. There will also be large display maps (and a limited amount of printed small maps) at race kit pick-up and registration on Saturday and on race day Sunday.

Question 2: Where are the water stops on the course?

There will be seven water stops, several of which can be accessed twice on the out and back route.

Question 3: Can I have special drink and food along the course?

Yes, but you are responsible to manage this yourself.

Question 4: Will there be Gatorade or gels at the water stops?

There will be water and Gatorade at every water stop. Gels will be available for the full marathon participants.

Question 5: Will there be medical assistance available?

Yes, there will be medical staff at Victoria Park.

Race Day

Question 1: Where do the races start and finish?

All races start and finish at Victoria Park.

Question 2: What time does my race start?

Full Marathon: 7:30 a.m. Half Marathon: 7:30 a.m. 10k: 8:15 a.m. 5k: 8:30 a.m.

Question 3: Is there an earlier start time for those runners who may take over 4 ½ hours for the full marathon?

Yes, those runners needing more more than 4 ½ hours for the full can start at 7:00 a.m. Participants must use the sidewalk on Esplanade/ Kings Road until 7:30 a.m.

Participants requesting an early start time must contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to August 15 th , 2022. The time limit for the marathon is six hours. No race support will be provided after 1:30 p.m.

Question 4: When should I be at the start line for my race?

You should be at the start area at least 15 minutes prior to your race start time.

Question 5: During the race, will there be a secure place to leave my personal belongings?

Yes, there will be a bag storage near the race kit pick-up. Please do not leave anything valuable. The Cape Breton Fiddlers Marathon is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Clear bags will be provided; for security reasons, these bags are the only bags we accept. Attach the tear off section of your bib to the bag.

Question 6: Are pets, child strollers and other equipment allowed on the race route?

To ensure the safety of all participants on the route, no baby strollers or baby joggers are allowed on the 10k, half or full marathon route.  Strollers or baby joggers are allowed on the 5k route. Runners with strollers and baby joggers are asked to start at the end of the pack. Pets are NOT ALLOWED on any race routes.

Question 7: Should I line up at the start according to my expected finish time?

That is the accepted protocol.

Question 8: How should I wear my race bib?

The bib must be worn on your front and be clearly visible so that we can identify runners on the course. Your bib is also your identification for the race photographer. Runners who cross the finish line without a race bib will be disqualified. The race chip is located in the bib.

Question 9: Will there be vehicle traffic along the route?

One lane will be closed along King’s Road. There are several street crossings along the route. Police and course marshall’s will be present to ensure your safe crossing. It is your responsibility to be cautious about all vehicles along the route.

Question 10: Will there be toilet facilities available along the route?

Portable toilets are placed along the course. Check the map before starting, or ask a volunteer along the course.

Question 11: Can I wear ear buds during the race?

We understand that some runners enjoy listening to music and find it helpful to distract themselves while training. Our approach to wearing headphones in a race is based on three factors: the desire that all participants fully enjoy being part of group event (we put effort into creating an upbeat atmosphere on the route); concern for the safety of all runners, those who may not be able to hear directions and cautions and those who may be impacted by this. Therefore, we strongly advise against headphones and hope that participants will cooperate with us.

Question 12: Where do I park on race morning?

Please plan to park on surrounding streets and walk to the venue. Allow extra time to get to the race site. Please note that access to Victoria Park will be limited to pedestrians and event vehicles.

Question 13: Will there be cyclists leading each event?

Yes, cyclists will lead each event. Their purpose is to show the lead runners where to turn and to clear any congestion in front of them on the path. There will also be a bike at the back of each event.

Question 14: Can I use the Nordic walking poles in the walking event?

Yes, poles are allowed, but we simply ask that you exercise caution for the safety of those around you.

Post Race

Question 1: Where is the finish line?

All races finish at Victoria Park.

Question 2: When and where will the award be presented?

The awards for each event will be presented as soon as the majority of runners in a given event have completed their race. There will be light refreshments, live entertainment and a possible square dance.

Question 3: Can I get my medal or prize if I am not able to stay for the award presentation?

It is our policy not to mail out awards or prizes. However, contact us and we can arrange for pick up at a later date.

Question 4: Will my friends and family be able to greet me at the finish?

We encourage spectators to come and enjoy the post race atmosphere and celebrate with the runners. However, for the safety of runners finishing their race, please ensure you stay off the course and meet up in a safe spot in the finish area.

Question 5: Where will the results be posted after the run?

Race results are posted periodically as groups of runners finish. They are usually posted inside the venue at Victoria Park. Results are also available at http://atlanticchip.ca/.

Question 6: How will I be able to identify a race official if I need information or help?

Race officials will be wearing red or blue Cape Breton Fiddlers Marathon vests or shirts with Volunteer on the back.

Question 7: Will there be food, Gatorade and water available for runners at the finish line?

There will be a selection of post-race food and beverages available at Victoria Park for all finishers.

Question 8: Will there be massages available in the finish area?

Yes, massages will be available in the finish area on a first-come, first-served basis.

Question 9: Are there showers available for after the race?

Yes, there are shower and change facilities located inside Victoria Park.