Run the Rock Marathon, Half & 8K
Sunday, August 24, 2014 — Texada Island, BC
Marathon: 7:00am — Shelter Point Regional Park
Half-Marathon: 10:00am (early start 8:30am) — Van Anda School
8K: 10:30am — Texada Island Airport
Finish — Shelter Point Regional Park
Fourth annual Marathon and Half-Marathon, plus 8K, on Texada Island! We will be raising funds for cancer support for residents of Texada.
How to Register
Opening in January
Marathon or Half Entry Fees:
- $30 early bird, to April 30
- $40 regular, to August 12
- $60 late, to midnight August 21
- No registration after August 21
- BC Athletics 'athlete' members deduct $3
8k Entry Fees:
- $15 individual
- $20 family entry (3 or more)
- Shirt add $15
- Race day registration available at the start until 10am.
Proceeds will be used for cancer support for residents of Texada.
Location & Getting There
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 7:00am ferry for walkers and the 8:30am ferry for Half Marathon runners.
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 3:00pm 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.
The ferry schedule is available online (be sure to select the schedule that covers August 24). The first ferry off the Island in the afternoon is at 3:00pm.
There is ample parking available at all three starting locations.
See Google Map.
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 Van Anda School. Click maps to enlarge, or download GPS map (.kmz).
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.
Anyone expecting to be over 3 hours in the Half Marathon must participate in the early start.
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.
Click for interactive 8k course map and elevation chart
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.
Finish times will be recorded with a professional printer-timer device. Display clock will be set up at the finish line. Please make sure your bib number is clearly visible on your front.
Awards & Prizes
Teresa Nightingale was taking finish line photos. You can search for yours by bib number and purchase prints or digital copies.
Contact Robert McWilliam, Race Director, at 604-486-0377, or