Age Limitations

For the safety of younger runners, the following age limitations have been set for Maritime Race Weekend registration:

  • Children under the age of 6 are not eligible to register. Children are cannot be carried or be in strollers.
  • Children between the ages of 6-12 years are permitted to run the 5K race, but must be accompanied along the route the entire time by a registered participant over 18 years of age. Parents/guardians not registered for the race are not permitted to run/walk the route with their child.
  • Children 12-18 years are permitted to run the 10K with parental consent.
  • Adults 18 years or older can register for all races.

Course Time Limits

For the safety of you and our team, we have time limits on the routes.

Friday 5K: time limit is 1.5 hours.

Saturday 5K and 10K: time limit is 3 hours.

Why is the time-limit 3 hours? First and foremost, we want you to be safe and not extend physical activity beyond a healthy length of time. Another important factor is team exhaustion. By the time we reach 3 hours on race-day – most volunteers, police, traffic control, pirate crew, timing company and announcer have worked a 6-8 hour day. Most of these roles cannot be relieved during the race. Plus, our permit for road detours is for 3 hours.

Do we have early start-times?
No, our permit does not allow for early start-times. We also believe that it is dangerous to send you out in the dark on unserviced and unmonitored highways.

Defer to Next Year

Deadline to defer is April 30, 2022. Sorry, no extensions.


Sorry, we cannot permit dogs on-leash or off-leash with participants.

Event Schedule

Race-kit pick-up is at Soles in Motion (133 Baker Drive, Dartmouth) – Thursday, September 15 (10am-8pm) and Friday, September 16 (10am-8pm).

IMPORTANT: There is no race-kit pick-up at Fisherman’s Cove. Race-kit pick-up closes at 8pm on Friday, please plan your travel schedule accordingly.

7pm: Sunset 5K @ Fisherman’s Cove (Eastern Passage)

8am: Sunrise 5K and Coastal 10K @ Fisherman’s Cove (Eastern Passage)

Note: Pirate Jamboree (free beer) has moved to Garrison Brewery (we’ll email participants details)


This is where pirates tell us they like to stay. Contact us if you need recommendations.

Discounted rate of $169.00+tax (standard room) & $189.00 (suite). Just off Highway 118, in Dartmouth Crossing Shopping Center. Wake up to our free hot breakfast and unwind in our indoor pool and have fun on the waterslide. WiFi and parking are on us. To make reservations, please proceed to this link and complete the following: Click here to book room at Hampton Inn & Suites.
1. At the top of the screen select the dates of your stay and how many rooms you’d like to book
2. Select “special rates” and input “MRW” in the group code box
3. Select “rooms & rates”

Guest can also call toll free at 1-877-406-7701 and quote group code “MRW”

Located in the heart of Dartmouth Crossing, the brand new dual-branded (two-in-one!) hotel, Courtyard & Residence Inn by Marriott is offering a discounted rate of $179.00+tax (standard room). Parking is of course always complimentary as well as WiFi. Courtyard guests enjoy access to our outside patio, firepit & BBQ, over-sized indoor heated pool with waterslide, whirlpool, fitness center and Bistro Bar & Dining.  Click here to book room at Courtyard by Marriott.

To view photos of guest rooms please visit www.marriott.com/yhzcd

Location of Race

Sunset 5K, Sunrise 5K and Coastal 10K start/finish is at Fisherman’s Cove (Wharf Road, Eastern Passage)

There is public transportation into Eastern Passage via Metro Transit. The bus schedule is regular and there is a bus stop at Fisherman’s Cove.

DRIVING (We encourage carpooling!)
If you are driving, we encourage participants to arrive at least 1 hour before the race starts to ensure time to find parking


There are plenty of streets and public parking lots in the area. Next to Fisherman’s Cove is prime parking and likely to fill early. There are also large parking lots by the schools, baseball and soccer fields accessed via Oceanlea Drive.

There is absolutely no parking on Shore Road on Friday or Saturday. Please respect that “Lanes” are actually private driveways and not public parking.  Please do not park in commercial parking lots intended for customers.


Pirate Costume Prizes:
1st place $100, 2nd place $75 and 3rd place $50 PLUS bragging rights!

Win the race or set a course record? Awesome. You will receive free registration to next years event, giving you the opportunity to defend your title. We no longer have cash prizes for winning race or setting course record.

We give out more than 500 early-bird and online prizes every year. Unfortunately, we cannot mail prizes. Prizes can be picked-up at race-kit pick-up. After race day, unclaimed prizes are either given to volunteers or re-used the next year as giveaways.

Race Results

We are proud to have Atlantic Chip timing our event, results are posted on their website. Atlantic Chip uses the latest in chip technology and ensure accuracy and quick results!

Race-Kit Pick-up

Race-kit pick-up is at Soles in Motion (133 Baker Drive, Dartmouth) – Thursday, September 15 (10am-8pm) and Friday, September 16 (10am-8pm).

Can a friend pick-up your race kit? YES! If you cannot come to the race-kit pick-up yourself, then a friend can pick-up your race-kit and deliver it to you (but they cannot participate in the race as you).

IMPORTANT: There is no race-kit pick-up at Fisherman’s Cove. Race-kit pick-up closes at 8pm on Friday, please plan your travel schedule accordingly.


We sympathize with life’s uncertainties, but we do not offer refunds. If you decide that you would like to run/walk a shorter race than the one you have signed up for, then you can always drop down to another race with no additional cost. It wouldn’t be fair to say yes to some and no to others based on circumstances, so we so do not make exceptions to this policy.

Sell or Transfer Registration

Yes, you can sell or transfer your registration.

You are responsible to find your replacement and collect payment. We do not have a wait list.

You CANNOT split up a Tartan Twosome and sell it to two people running single races.

IMPORTANT: If you are purchasing a bib from someone via www.RaceRoster.com – you will pay the registration fee to them (not us). Bibs have already been printed and swag ordered. If you prefer to have a blank bib instead of the bib you purchased, you will be required to pay an additional $20 (cash or cheque only) to Maritime Race Weekend for the cost of a new bib, new chip and administration of the switch. You can also switch the swag for a different style and size from our swag swap table.


Sorry, we cannot permit strollers to participate in the Maritime Race Weekend – but we do encourage your children to attend and cheer from the sidewalk. Only registered participants with a race-bib will be granted access onto the route. Children are cannot be carried along the route.

Switch Race Distance

Yes you can switch your race distance, no problem. For planning reasons, we prefer all distance changes are made by August 15. We will allow switches until September 16, 2020 @ 5pm via www.RaceRoster.com – switches are processed at race-kit pick-up.

Switching Swag

Yes!!! We ordered extra swag and have a swag swap table at race-kit pick-up. We do not guarantee what sizes are available at any given time as the sizes will continually be changing, but there usually are a variety available.

Tartan Twosome

The Tartan Twosome is choosing to run TWO races of TWO days. Are you up for the challenge?

Run the Sunset 5K on Friday night and your choice of the Sunrise 5K or Coastal 10K on Saturday morning for the Tartan Twosome and you will get BONUS SWAG. PLUS you’ll earn a THIRD MEDAL!

Consider this your official warning – the Tartan Twosome challenge is capped and sell-outs every year!

Water Stations

We have 2 water stations providing water and gatorade along the 5K route and 3 on the 10K.

Interested in helping at a water station? All not-for-profit groups volunteering for a water stop will receive an honorarium of $200. All you need is 10 enthusiastic adult volunteers to pass out water between 7am-11am on September 17 and a theme! We supply the cups, water, table, gloves etc. All groups participating in the Charity Challenge must be not-for-profit or a charity. Call 902-877-9355 or email for more details.

Weather – Rain or Shine

Yes!!! Weather won’t dampen the spirits of pirates – we run/walk regardless of what mother nature has planned.

Any other questions please contact us.