Gopher attack

2022

Gopher Attack 2022 - WHAT A DAY IT WAS!

sunday april 24

16 Years and Running


Gopher Attack is the earliest spring Boston Qualifier marathon in Canada with a flat and fast course. The marathon course winds through the scenic Wascana Park and the University of Regina campus. It is a 21.1 km loop certified by Athletics Canada. Participants who meet the Boston Marathon qualifying times will be eligible to enter the Boston Marathon in the following year. For 2022 there will be four distances - Marathon, Half-marathon, 10km and 5km. The start is in front of the Queen Building, 100 Navy Way, in Wascana Park, Regina, Saskatchewan. As well, for those that won't be able to make it on race day, there is a virtual event with five distances... registration for the virtual race gets you entered for all five distances, including the special 16km distance for 2022... run one or run them all. Virtual runners will have from

April 24 to May 24 to complete their distances.

Finishers will receive a unique medal... in-person participants will receive a logoed mug and discount voucher from Track & Trail... virtual participants will receive a medal and Track & Trail discount voucher... mugs are a bit challenging to send in the mail.

Race start times: 8:00 Marathon and Half Marathon / 8:30 10km and 5 km

Race Packet Pickup: 1:00-5:30, Saturday, April 23, Track & Trail, 4403 Albert St. - Virtual event participants will receive by mail.

Marathon Matters club members receive $10 off!

Note: we will be following whatever Covid related restrictions and protocols required at the time.

The event is a fundraiser for the MS Society of Saskatchewan and hosted by Marathon Matters Running Club.


THE GOPHER ATTACK IS BACK FOR ITS 16TH YEAR


Schedule

Saturday, April 23 Packet Pickup 1:00 to 5:30 Track & Trail, 4403 Albert St.

Sunday, April 24 Marathon/Half Marathon Start 8:00 am

10km/5km Start 8:30 am

Parking

Parking is available in the Marina Parking lot, the University of Regina College Avenue Campus parking lot and the small parking lot on the northeast edge of the lake. These are shown on course maps. There is a private function being held at Wascana Place so we won’t be able to park there and the Queen Building parking lot will be reserved for volunteers to help minimize traffic near the race start/finish.

Courses

Course maps can be found on the Marathon Matters website. All distances start and finish at the Queen Building, 100 Navy Way, Wascana Park. The Marathon/Half Marathon course goes back to the route used prior to the detours required due to construction in the park. Marathon runners will complete the half marathon course twice and 10km runners will complete the 5km course twice. Both the Marathon and 10km runners will cross the start/finish line at the end of the first loop and then complete their second loop.


Aid Stations

There will be three aid stations, with both water and Gatorade, location of which are marked on the course maps. Marathon and Half Marathon runners will pass all three Aid Stations with the average distance between Aid Stations being +4.2 kms. 10km runners will pass Aid Station 1 as they start their second loop.

Aid Station 1 at the corner of Wascana Drive and Quinn Drive.

Aid Station 2 at the south end of the University. (…as in past years)

Aid Station 3 on Old Broad St between Wascana Drive and 23rd Avenue.

Bathrooms

Start/Finish bathroom facilities are located inside the Queen Building. There will be a porta-potty near both Aid Stations 1 and 2.

Race Results

Race results will be available at www.racepros.ca … unofficial results will be available seconds after crossing the finish line.

Volunteers

Don’t forget to thank our volunteers… without them this event wouldn’t be possible.

Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors!


New for 2022

  • A later date so hopefully warmer weather – Sunday, April 24.

  • Addition of 10km and 5km distances

  • Start/Finish in front of the Queen Building (100 Navy Way, Wascana Park).

  • There will again be a virtual option, with five distances, including 16km for our 16th anniversary… one fee gets you registered for all five distances.

  • There won’t be a race shirt for 2022… instead, in-person participants will receive a unique finishers medal, logoed mug, reduced registration fees, and a Track & Trail discount voucher... virtual participants will receive the finishers medal and Track & Trail discount voucher… mugs are a bit challenging to send in the mail.

  • Registration opens this Saturday, January 8 with a one-day Early Bird Discount rate for in-person race registrants... as low as $40 for the Marathon & Half Marathon for club members and $50 for non-members… $30 for the 10km & 5km for club members and $40 for non-members… annual club membership is only $15 and can be purchased at time of registration.

  • Race Packet Pickup - In-person Participants TBD... virtual participants will receive by mail.

  • Note: We will follow required Covid related restrictions and protocols at all times.


The event will raise funds for the MS Society of Saskatchewan, proudly hosted by Marathon Matters!


2022 Course Maps

Full/Half Course map

5Km/10km course map

Please support our wonderful sponsors to thank them for supporting us!!

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Thank you Track & Trail!

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