Rules & Regulations

Following is a list of the most important rules and regulations surrounding the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon events. Please check out the race FAQ for more questions and answers.

Age Restrictions

You must be 16 years of age or older on race day to be eligible to participate in the Scotiabank Marathon, 14 years of age or older on race day to be eligible to participate in the Centaur Subaru 21.1K and 18 years of age or older on race day to be eligible to participate in the 50K. Parents/guardians are urged to ensure that young runners have the training and pace judgment needed to complete the event comfortably and safely. Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Directors and staff reserve the right to require proof of age. Please contact the office at if you are underage and have permission from your parents to participate.

Course Safety/Road Closure

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is a foot race. For safety and liability reasons courses are limited to registered runners only. Inline skates, bicycles, skateboards, and running with dogs is strictly prohibited. Non-compliance with these safety rules will result in disqualification. Traffic will be controlled by the police and course marshals, but runners should take extreme caution at all times

Course Closure, Walk or Run

Walkers are invited to participate in all events with precautions for the marathon distance. Marathon walkers are asked to start at 7 am with marathon runners. Please seed yourself accordingly. The course will be open for 6 1/2 hours where all walkers must be finished thereafter. After 12:30pm, some roads will have to be re-opened and walkers will be moved up to the sidewalks.

Headphones and Music Players

The race directors prohibit the use of these devices for the runner's safety and the safety of those around them. There is no risk of disqualification for simple use, however, if a runner puts themselves or other runners at risk through an unsafe act that the Board of Directors determine was caused directly or indirectly through the use of a prohibited item, the race directors reserve the right to disqualify the runner.

Wheelchair Category

Only racing wheelchairs, also referred to as push rim wheelchairs are permitted on the course. Hand cycles are strictly prohibited. Marathon wheelchair athletes will start one minute early. Please indicate that you are a wheelchair athlete when you register.

Push wheelchairs are allowed in the 5K Family Walk and Run only. Please seed yourselves accordingly.


Strollers are only permitted on the 5km Family Walk or Run. Strollers are prohibited on all other courses.

Course Availability

All race courses are limited to registered event participants only.