When I ran my garmin/GPS had a different distance that the official distance markers. Why is this?

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The course is certified by Athletics Canada and is a registered AIMS Marathon (Association of International Marathons).

It’s due to the tall downtown buildings and GPS has difficulty tracking exactly where you are.

This is a very common problem with GPS devices being used in large cities and is called multi-path interference. Multi-path interference is when the device does not have a clear shot or line of sight at the sky. In areas where there are many tall buildings, the source signal of the GPS device can split into more than one signal, causing incorrect readings.

How can I track my family and friends?

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Racepoint Map

This is a great tool for when you are planning your day of supporting your friends/family. You input their corral and estimated finishing time and the map will let you know when they are estimated to arrive at the Cheer Zones on the course.

The Racepoint Map also has details on the road closures to make it easier to figure out the best route between cheer sites.


Download the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon app (iOS or Android) to track your family and friends.

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You can track your friends and family via Sportstats.

Pursuit App

A great app if you would like to support a participant, but are not able to make it down to the course on race day. If the participant has this app running, then you will be able to send them voice messages of encouragement and track their progress.

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Can I participate with…

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… a Camelbaks?

Yes. Camelbaks® and any type of hydration backpack including Fuel belts and hand-held water bottles are allowed.

…a headphones /listen to music?

Yes, you are allowed to wear headphones during the race. If you are wearing headphones, please keep them at a low volume so you can hear instructions from race officials and/or emergency personnel.

…my Garmin GPS or my Nike Plus device?


The GPS watches can sometimes have issues in the downtown core with all of the tall buildings. The certified course verified by a world renowned course measurer, where 2 people ride the course on bikes and measure out the course and where to put the markers exactly.

… Nordic Poles?

Yes. Nordic Poles are allowed in all distances.

What is NOT allowed on the course?

  • baby carriers,
  • skateboards,
  • roller blades,
  • Kangoo Jump shoes,
  • animals/ pets / dogs
  • unauthorized bicycles and wheeled devices