SaskMarathon named 2024 Provincial Marathon Championships

This year’s Brainsport 42.2K distance at the SaskMarathon has been named as the 2024 Provincial Marathon Championships. The event will bring together top runners from across the province to compete in a challenging test of endurance and speed. The event will showcase the best of Saskatchewan’s marathon running talent, with participants vying for the title of provincial champion. Athletes in the age categories listed below are eligible to be named as 2024 Provincial Champions (male and female) and will receive medals from Sask Athletics on Saskatchewan Marathon Race Day, May, 26, 2024.

  • Seniors: ages 20-34 (one category)
  • Masters: 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90+

NEW! 2024 SaskMarathon will also host Saskatchewan Provincial Half Marathon Championships with the Eb’s Source for Adventure 21.1k distance.

NOTE:

  • Athletes are not required to be Saskatchewan residents; and are encouraged but not required to be registered members of SaskAthletics.
  • To be eligible, you must select “male” or “female” as your gender. We welcome those who register as “non-binary” or “prefer not to say” to participate however you are not eligible for the title.

SaskMarathon Runners eligible for Provincial Road Racing Records

As of January 1, 2024, Saskatchewan Athletics now recognizes provincial records in the 5km, 10km, half marathon, and marathon.

  • 5km – U20, Senior, Masters
  • 10km – U20, Senior, Masters
  • Half Marathon – Senior, Masters
  • Marathon – Senior, Masters

Performances set prior to January 1, 2024, will not be retroactively recognized.

All SaskMarathon distances (42.2K, 21.1K, 10K and 5K) will be measured and certified so that your SaskMarathon race results can qualify for these awards.

Policies for ratification of Saskatchewan provincial records in road running events.

The current records can be found HERE.

Eligible:

  • Athletes must hold a valid Saskatchewan Athletics competitive athlete membership (U20 Full Year, Senior Full Year, or Masters Full Year membership) at the time of their performance for their performance to be considered eligible. Athletes that hold only a Road & Trail Runner recreational membership are not eligible to claim provincial records.
  • U20 athletes are eligible to also claim Senior records in the 5km and 10km events if their performance exceeds the current Senior record.
  • Masters records will be kept according to 5-year age brackets (30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, etc.) for both men and women. Masters athletes are eligible to also claim Senior records if their performance exceeds the current Senior record.
  • To be considered eligible for ratification, performances must be achieved on certified courses at sanctioned events that comply with World Athletics Competition Rule 31.21.2 and 31.21.3.
  • To be considered eligible for the record, you must select “male” or “female” as your gender. We welcome those who register as “non-binary” or “prefer not to say” to participate however you are not eligible for the record.

World Athletics Competition Rules & Technical Rules – 2024 Edition

31.21.2 The start and finish points of a course, measured along a theoretical straight line between them, shall not be further apart than 50% of the race distance.
31.21.3 The overall decrease in elevation between the start and finish shall not exceed 1:1000, i.e. 1m per km (0.1%).

Not eligible:

  • Performances achieved at sanctioned events on certified courses that do not comply with World Athletics Competition Rule 31.21.2 and 31.21.3 will not be eligible for ratification as a provincial record.
  • Performances set on courses that are not certified will not be eligible for ratification as a provincial record. Performances set at events not sanctioned by the relevant governing athletic body (Saskatchewan Athletics, Athletics Canada, USATF, World Athletics, etc.) will not be eligible for ratification as a provincial record. In events where chip timing is used, only an athlete’s gun-time shall be used for record purposes, not the chip-time.

Submission:

Results must be submitted to Saskatchewan Athletics within 90 days of the event taking place. It is the responsibility of the athlete or their coach to submit results to Saskatchewan Athletics.

Results can be submitted to Jared Welsh, Program Coordinator, at programs@saskathletics.ca

SaskAthletics Membership

Becoming a member of Saskatchewan Athletics offers numerous benefits. Members will be eligible to enter track and field and cross country competitions, members will be eligible to claim provincial records, members will be able to view their results in Athletics Canada’s nation-wide rankings database, and members will receive 10% off their registration fee when registering for Prairie Run Crew races. 

Giveaway: Everyone who registers for a Saskatchewan Athletics U20, Senior, or Masters athlete membership online and selects Prairie Run Crew as their club from May 1 to May 24 will be entered into a draw for New Balance prizes (shoes and apparel) provided by Prairie Run Crew. Winners will receive their prizes at the Race Expo on May 25.

Saskatchewan Athletics members must be either U20 Full Year athlete members ($95 membership fee), Senior Full Year athlete members ($95 membership fee), or Masters Full Year athlete members ($90 membership fee). Volunteer/recreational runner memberships ($3 membership fee) are not eligible for records or the draw for New Balance shoes and apparel provided by Prairie Run Crew.

Athletics Canada Community Road & Trail Membership

Athletics Canada has recently announced a new Community Road & Trail Membership. You can read more about the announcement HERE.

At only $15 per year, Athletics Canada’s new Community Road & Trail Membership is aimed at runners of all ages and abilities, with the majority of proceeds going back to support the sport in your home province or territory.

The membership offers several direct benefits such as:

  • $30 discount code on shop.athletics.ca to shop the latest Official Nike Team Canada gear (The membership pays for itself!)
  • Your race results included in the national Athletics Canada rankings
  • 10% discount on subscription to AthleticsCanada.tv 
  • Provincial Sport Accident and Liability insurance coverage
  • Discounts on entry fees for select road races across Canada

NOTE:

  • Runners with only the Community Road & Trail Membership ($15) are not eligible to claim provincial records. If you breaks a provincial record, you can upgrade your membership to a U20 ($95), Senior ($95), or Masters ($90) Full Year competitive athlete membership in order to claim the record. 
  • You can register for both a U20, Senior, or Masters Full Year competitive athlete membership and a Community Road & Trail Membership
  • The U20, Senior, and Masters Full Year competitive athlete memberships are valid for 1 calendar year (Jan 1 – Dec 31) with some overlap between Oct 1 and Dec 31. The new Community Road & Trail Membership is valid for 1 full year from when you purchase it, for example, April 12 2024 – April 11 2025.
  • Athletics Canada membership and Saskatchewan Athletics membership are synonymous. If you are a member of Saskatchewan Athletics then you are also a member of Athletics Canada, if you are a member of Athletics Canada then you are also a member of your provincial branch, which is Saskatchewan Athletics. 

Runners can register for the new Community Road & Trail Membership online HERE.