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Tune-up races to run this August

Got a fall marathon on the horizon? Here are tune-up race ideas across the country

Many runners are in the thick of fall marathon training. If so, you’re goal race is likely six to eight weeks away, and now is a great time to consider a tune-up race.

For some marathon runners, the 10K can feel like an off distance. As runners prep for their fall marathon, throwing a 10K or 5K in might feel difficult but it’s a good way to break up your marathon build. By scheduling a tune-up race, you’re giving yourself a small goal en route to your bigger goal. Also, who doesn’t love two personal bests in one season?

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If you’re interested in hoping in an off-distance race this August, here are some to consider across Canada.

East Coast


Dartmouth Natal Day Road Races 6 mile and 2 mile, Dartmouth – August 5

Louisbourg Race Through Time 8 mile, Louisbourg – August 10

Navy 10K, Halifax – August 18

PCH Friendship 10K Road Race, Summerside – August 31

Quebec City Marathon
Photo: Quebec City Marathon/provided.


Demi-marathon de Mont-Tremblant (and 10K), Mont-Tremblant – August 10

Gaspesia Marathon (10K and 5K), Gaspe – August 17

Course nocturne de Montreal (10K and 5K), Montreal – August 17

30 km sur les rives à Boucherville (10K and 5K), Boucherville – September 1

Quebec City Marathon
Photo: Quebec City Marathon/provided.


Muskoka Rocks Road Race 5K and 10K, Minett – August 4

Sunset Shuffle 6K, Toronto Island – August 8

Fergus Highland Games 10K, Fergus – August 10

Thousand Islands Run (10K and 5K), Brockville – August 18

Toronto Women’s 10K & 5K Race, Toronto – August 24

Saskatoon Skyline


Islendingadarurinn Road Race 10 mile, Winnipeg – August 4

Tri-Unity Challenge (21K, 10K and 3K), Carrot River – August 10

Servus Edmonton Marathon (10K and 5K), Edmonton – August 18

Calgary Women’s Run (10K and 5K), Calgary – August 25

British Columbia

Squamish Days 8K and Mile, Squamish – August 4

Loop the Lake 5K and 10K, Invermere – August 10

Candle Creek Half Marathon (10K and 5K), Clearwater – August 24

Labour Day Classic (17 mile, 8.5 mile and 5K), Prince George – September 1

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