The County Marathon

This Boston Qualifier is sanctioned by Athletics Canada ON-2011-085-BDC and is an ORRA, AAA classified race. Described as flat and fast by National Level Coach Peter Pimm, this October 4th expect a warm welcome from the residents of Prince Edward County as you run our fully closed course down the roads connecting Wellington, Bloomfield, and Picton.


Top Ten Reasons to Run Prince Edward County:

1. Location – PEC is the place to be – and our race takes you through the best and most beautiful areas of the island.

2. Swag – Ever popular long sleeve tech shirts and awesome socks

3. Chip timing

4. Boston Qualifyer

5. Point-to-Point Full, Half & Team Challenge marathon races

6. Shuttle service

7. Incredible atmosphere and energy from volunteers, local support and race organization

8. Weekend getaway – enjoy the wineries, restaurants, shops and boutiques, Inn’s, fall trails, music and galleries

9. Complimentary Beer from our Local Barley Days Brewery – waiting for you at the finish line!

10. Flat fast race – great race for those looking to qualify for Boston, OR those completing their first full/half race!

The County Marathon

Event Details

Location 167 Niles Street


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Race Details

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Discipline Running
Start Date/Time October 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am
End Date/Time N/A
Address Picton
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Spencer Lee
October 4th, 2017 5:39 am

This was a last minute decision to run the Full Marathon and it turned out to be one of the best races I have done to date. First off, there is ample parking for everyone and the buses from the finish line to the start line were flawless and well organized. There was signage of bus times and there was a nice warm place to wait. Because this course is a point-to-point, all parts of the course were different. Loop courses and out-and-back courses are boring and not worth your money. I can attest that this is one of the nicest courses, with views of sandbanks provincial park, and Lake Ontario. Even though most of the course is in rural areas there was plenty of locals and spectators cheering for runners along the course. It is a BQ certified race course with minimal elevations. The only hill was located shortly after the 37km mark. Water tables were plentiful at every 4km for the first half and every 2km for the last half. Each table had water and Gatorade with 2 tables having gels. You have no idea how happy I was to hear Gatorade was available. Most races now provide nuun which tastes like poop. After completing the race, chocolate milk was definitely the highlight. I definitely recommend this race to anyone even for people traveling upwards of 3+ hours. The tech shirt and medals were great. If you register for this race, be sure to say hi to the race director Tracy Powers, who always does a wonderful job at organizing this race.

October 3rd, 2016 3:52 pm

I ran the marathon last year and was so impressed, I came back again (from Toronto, about 2.5 hours away).

Overall this race route is just stunning. I can't express that enough! The scenery while running feels like a painting. I love the quiet and quaint route. Many people come out from their homes to cheer on the runners and because it's so small, its very personable and warm.

The route I would give 5/5 bananas, but have rated the entire race overall a three this year due to some changes this year.

Firstly there was minimal race communication that went out prior. I was not sent a confirmation e-mail with the bib pick up location.

The volunteers at the actual pick up were very friendly. However the swag bag did not include a race shirt or socks. Instead I received a vest (looks like a construction worker vest) for running while it's dark. This seemed quite useless and I really wanted a pair of socks again.

To top if off, when finishing - I was given the SAME MEDAL AS LAST YEAR, with a different ribbon only. This really got under my skin. At-least add the year on the medal, even if it's the same. The marathon fee went up by 10$ and i'm not sure where that went as the swag bag really lacked.

I don't know if I will go back next year. I definitely will go back again (as mentioned this route is stunning) but it has left a bit of a sour taste this year compared to last.

Run Fat Boy Run
January 4th, 2016 6:56 pm

I ran the half-marathon there for the first time this year and I loved it. It is well organized,great volunteers and a great track to run. We loved the town of Picton as well for some pre-Christmas shopping. I am planning to run the marathon there in 2016.

December 20th, 2015 6:19 pm

I ran the full marathon and was really pleased to make the drive out to PEC. Lovely point to point race. Well organised, great community event. And this year the weather was pretty great for running, just a little windy at times. I would run this again, for sure!

October 10th, 2015 11:19 am

I ran the 2015 marathon.

pre race organizers were available throughout the registration process and before the race for questions with prompt replies.

This was my third marathon and I am so happy to say I got a 15 minute PB! The marathon was perfect in every way. The course was relatively flat with stunning scenery.

I have never run a better organized event with so many water stations and bathroom stalls. All the volunteers (right from the day before at the bib pick up) were very friendly and helpful. The spectators that came out to support where super awesome too.

I really enjoyed the socks in the pick up kits.

I will definitely be back in the future.

Gritty Kitty
October 6th, 2015 12:38 pm

Ample free parking. Great weather. Water stations and port o potties every 2K. Bag check available. V neck, long sleeve tech shirt and socks in race kit. Nice venue with indoor access to wait for shuttles for racers. We decided to do the relay marathon which meant an early start in the morning. We arrived at 645 to catch the first shuttle and then each racer headed off to their leg of the race accordingly. Tim kept everyone informed of when to board the buses and provided details to racers as needed. The route is fast and flat with the exception of two small elevations in leg 5. Distances were altered to what was online so some racers did less while others did more than planned. We heard leg #3 and half start, had a great waiting station with shelter, coffee and muffins. Leg #5 did not have any luxuries and we ended up setting up the tables, water and signage ourselves so other racers would know where to wait. Even the bus drivers were a bit confused where to let people off for #5 initially. It was nice to see racers a few hours later so we knew we were in the right spot for exchanging our transponders. Volunteers were super friendly but #5 had no volunteers on site and the port o pottie was quite a distance down the road for those waiting to transition. At one point the bus and crowd were blocking the roadway, so relay transitions were a bit chaotic. Final leg through town is quite nice with some spectators lining the street. Finishers area is well laid out and the Milk sponsor was one of the best with great handouts and a photo booth opportunity. We snacked on bananas, water and chips and the medal is lovely. Easy to exit the venue even with the streets still closed and photos sent quickly after the event but cost $$ to download. Recommend using the Recharge with Milk booth for photos as they are quickly posted and FREE. Some of our team members took advantage of the free massages and beers but they were more than ready to head off once I crossed the finish line. A huge thank you to Kailey, Tim and the volunteers for their excellent hospitality and hard work making the event as stress-free as possible for those in attendance.

April 23rd, 2015 8:24 am

My favourite race so far. Did the half with my daughter. Water and gatorade every 2 km, with a port-a-potty at each station. Beautiful scenery, great crowds. We took full advantage of the free post race massage and free beer. The only issue was the post race food. My hubby said that people were feeding their entire families with the food for the runners, so there were only bananas when we finished, but it can be difficult to remind people of proper manners when there is free food. The volunteers at this event were the best.

Craig Mantle
October 10th, 2014 11:45 am

I first ran this Half in 2011, and have been coming back ever since. No big city flash and dash, but a top notch organization from start to finish. From the pre-race reminder emails, thru race kit pick-up, to race day, the staff and volunteers made me feel welcome. The Race Director even thought to send an email advising of a last minute road closure that could affect those coming from out of town. And the volunteers along the route made me feel like I was the most the most important runner of the day. My only complaint is that I found some dead links on the website. Not sure if the issue was with the race website, or the destination site, but thought I would mention it. See you again next year.

October 7th, 2014 3:41 pm

Loved this run. This was my second half marathon and it will not be my last. The organization was great. I never had to wait in line for my race kit (which had a great NB shirt and socks in it). There were enough hydration stations and lots of food at the end for the runners. The course was flat for the most part and beautiful to see. Everyone I met had a smile on thier face. This is a run that you do not want to miss.

October 6th, 2014 5:40 pm

The course is lovely, well-organized with many devoted volunteers - kudos to the 16 and under crew, they were all excellent volunteers at the stations. Stations and port a potties every 2 km. Hot coffee, muffins and bananas at the half start, as you were bussed there. Loved the post race massage. The only drawback was the lack of food for later finishers. Apparently, some racers fed their entire families. I didn't mind, but I would have been "hangry" if I had run a full with no food at the end. Unfortunately, many racers don't consider the runners behind them, but race personnel should not have to dictate common sense. It really was a wonderful race and course, exceeded my expectations

Sanjay Mohanta
October 6th, 2014 7:52 am

My 59th marathon! I just want to say that I started running marathons in 2003 and when I saw the ad for the PEC marathon I wondered who would run such a hilly course as I drove past Belleville to Ottawa. I ran it this year and I wish I ran it sooner! There were was free parking, free shower (notice lack of plural), lots of food, good volunteer support and lots of aid stations. It is a good little race. I am from Ottawa so it was cool when I met only fellow Ottawans at the race kit pick up. Some hills in the last 4 k but nothing major. Highly recommended. I also ran into my old high school guidance counsellor. So that was odd as well.

March 15th, 2014 9:01 pm

I LOVE this run. I've run the Half for the last 3 years and will continue to do so. Very well organized with aid stations every 2kms, like clockwork. A run along some very scenic country roads often devoid of anybody else except other runners. As you approach an intersection you begin a see small crowd, in the middle of nowhere. That's right. They're there to cheer me on. Yep. Me. A middle-aged guy chugging along with a cheering section. Whether it's sunny or cold and wet, the volunteers are always smiling with an encouraging word. Although they close the main street of 3 villages, I always felt welcome and never an inconvenience. Unlike a recent run in TO where I felt I had no right to be there.
And the best post-race food. All that and a free beer too. If that weren't enough, the county is a great weekend get away location. The Inns. The food (best brownies come from Bloomfield). The county makes it a great weekend. The race makes running fun. Thanks folks and I'll see you next Oct.

November 4th, 2013 2:19 pm

I absolutely loved this race. Hands down, I would recommend this marathon. It was a small town race, but the volunteers in this race made it superb. There were lots of spectators, gorgeous views, and a well laid out course. One hill near the end, but doable.
It was super well organized. Porta potties and hydration stations every 2km, and happy happy volunteers! Gels were provided twice along the route.
The loot bag was also a good one-socks and a long sleeve tech shirt. Pre race bars and other goodies.
I adored this race. It is just an amazing marathon you will not regret. Fast, flat and friendly! DO IT!

October 23rd, 2012 7:05 pm

This is the first year that I ran in the County Marathon and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I ran the half with three other half-marathoners, a marathoner, and two relays (16 of us total!). It made for a really special event that I shared with my sisters, my best friends and some other incredible women that I met just for this event. The organization was quite good; from kit pick-up to the post-race food, massages and free beer! My only complaint was that the latter part of the course wasn't very clearly marked. It was difficult to pace the last three km without those markers, especially as the finish line wasn't very apparent until I was almost on top of it. Otherwise, it was a great event through some beautiful scenery and even the weather couldn't put a damper on it!

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