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Blue Nose Full Marathon

Are you up for a challenge?

The Blue Nose Full Marathon is a Boston Qualifying event that takes participants on a 42.2KM (26.2 mile) adventure through the dynamic streets of Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The course showcases several main attractions, including the beautiful harbour, Lake Banook, the vibrant North End, Point Pleasant Park, and the beautiful Halifax waterfront.

Halifax has gained a reputation for being a little “hill-y” but it’s nothing you can’t handle (we’re sure of it!). You can also find comfort in knowing the whole city will be cheering you on!

Add the Marathon to your list of must-do’s!

Ready to Giv’er? Giv’er Twice with the Double Up! Join the Purple Cow 5KM start line on Saturday morning before running the Marathon on Sunday. Twice the run is twice the fun!

The event includes:

  • Chip-timed race
  • Personalized race bib
  • Beautifully designed medal
  • Participant shirt
  • Routes with stunning views


The Blue Nose Full Marathon is also an Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group Qualifier. During the one-year qualifying period, athletes in nine separate age groups can compete in marathons across the world, including the Blue Nose Full Marathon, to earn ranking points. At the end of the qualifying period, the top ranked runners in each age group will be invited to the Abbott World Majors Marathon Wanda Age Group World Championships.

Race Details

Date: Sunday, May 18, 2025

Official Start Time: 8:00 AM*

Official Race Closure Time: 2:00 PM

Distance: 42.2KM

*There will be an early start at 7:00 AM for those who may need additional time. Please note, on course resources will not be place for the early morning start. 

Course Information

For an interactive map of the route showcasing key course information, click HERE.

For a written description of the route, click HERE.