Are there hills?
Well, that depends what you mean by “hills” and what you are used to. While the course profile can look pretty scary, it never actually rises more than 200 feet / 60 metres above sea level (and never dips below sea level either). But it does go up and down rather a lot, just never for very long and rarely very steeply. Total elevation gain is around 700 metres / 2,300 feet. Below is a profile from a GPS used by a race participant in 2013 (the vertical lines at the beginning and end should be ignored–the course starts high and ends only just above sea level).
The 10K essentially follows the same profile for the first 5 miles of the marathon at which point you meet some gentle, but not very long, hills. There is one very short but very steep uphill approximately 0.5 kilometers from the finish line.
Is this marathon a Boston Qualifier?
Yes. The Athletics Canada certification Code for the Marathon Course is NB-2013-033-BDC, and the USATF certification number is ME13003JK. Check the Boston Marathon site for qualification times for your age group.
Will I have to stop and show my passport at the border?
No–unless of course you want an excuse for a slow time! Passport control will be done during packet pick-up. Provided that as you cross the border your official marathon race bib is clearly visible, you will be directed through the “runner lane” and will not have to stop. Runners in the 10K do not cross the border and are not required to show passports during packet pick-up.
May I use a baby stroller?
We regret that for safety reasons wheeled “vehicles” of any kind cannot be used on either the marathon or 10K courses. Strollers are welcome in the 1-mile Fun Run. We admire the parents who start their kids running young by taking them out with them in baby strollers–though we also know that this can be the only way to get in a run!
May I use headphones?
While we do not actually ban the use of headphones, we strongly discourage it for safety reasons. We also believe you are missing out on some of the unique features of our event if you can’t hear the wind and waves, and frequently, Bald Eagles crying overhead.