Nova Scotia Marathon / Half Marathon and 10km

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The Municipality of Barrington holds the annual Nova Scotia Marathon/Half Marathon and 10 Km. The marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

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2016 Nova Scotia Marathon/Half Marathon & 10K Photos by Kathy Johnson  (please wait a few minutes for all the photos to load) 

Race Site

Municipality of Barrington, Nova Scotia, Canada. The municipality is located on the southwest tip of Nova Scotia and has a population of approximately 6994. Fishing and retail are industries in our municipality. We welcome you to the Lobster Capital of Canada.


marathon routeThe marathon route is in a rural setting on a secondary road. The route contains some rolling hills, but is basically a flat route.

Start time and location

starting location8:00 am for full marathon, half marathon, and the 10 km, Sherose Island Recreation Centre, 27 Park Lane, Sherose Island, Barrington Passage.

Race Kits and Chips

Race Kits can be picked up July 23rd 10:00am - 7:00pm and July 24th 6:30am

We will be using ankle chips again this year, the chips can be picked up on Race Day (July 24th) 6:30am - 7:30am.

There will be volunteers at the finish line collecting the chips from the runners, please take your chip off as soon as you have crossed the finish line electronic mat.

Pick up will be at the Sherose Island Recreation Centre - 27 Park Lane, Barrington


The full marathon was measured in 2007, using the Jones Counter Method. Certification #NS-2007-119-BDC.

The half marathon was measured in 2010. Certification #NS-2010-068-BDC.

The 10 k run is not a certified measured distance.


Every runner receives a performance (moisture wicking) t-shirt; register by June 1st to be guaranteed your shirt size.

Aid Stations

aid stationAid Stations are located approximately every 3 kilometers throughout the course. Water, Gatorade, cut up oranges, chocolate bars, and first aid supplies are provided at each station.

Special drinks

Runners can place special drinks, gels, etc. in boxes for specific aid stations before the start of the race. The boxes are located at the registration area, there will be labels and markers available. These boxes will be picked up at 7:30am on race day in order to be delivered to the aid stations just before the race begins.


  • Registration for 2016 will open on January 1st at 8:00am at Race Roster
  • By phone: 902-637-2903
  • Online and phone in registration ends on July 23rd at 7pm
  • There will be in person registration available on July 24th from 6:30 - 7:30pm (price increases by $5)

Please make cheques payable to: Barrington Municipal Recreation Department


Full or Half Marathon - $65.00

10 km - $40.00

All Run NS members receive a $5 discount.

On July 24th (race day) prices increase by $5


Change rooms, washrooms, showers and a warm up area available in the Barrington Municipal Arena and the Barrington Recreation Centre.


resultsResults will be published after the race to Run Nova Scotia, municipal and recreation department websites, local newspaper, and radio stations. Full marathon results will be forwarded to the Boston Marathon organizers.

Awards and Post Race Reception

awardsThe awards will be presented and a reception will be held at the Barrington Municipal Curling Club, Sherose Island, at 12:30pm. Fish chowder and seafood chowder will be served, with pies & ice cream for dessert. Family and friends are welcome to attend the post race reception.

Certificates will be available to those who request them at the post race reception. If you cannot attend the reception and wish to have a certificate mailed out to, you must notify us.

Awards will be presented to the overall winners. Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in both male and female categories for the full marathon and the half marathon:

  • youth (18 – 19 yrs. for full marathon) (16 – 19 yrs. for half marathon)
  • open (20 – 39 yrs.)
  • masters (40 – 49 yrs.)
  • senior masters (50 – 59 yrs.)
  • golden masters (60 – 69 yrs.)
  • platinum masters ( over 70 yrs.).

Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in both male and female categories for the 10 km

  • youth (12 to 19 yrs.)
  • open (20 –39 yrs.)
  • masters (40 – 49 yrs.)
  • senior masters (50 – 59 yrs.)
  • golden masters (60 – 69 yrs.)
  • platinum (over 70 yrs.).

If you are not in attendance, your award(s) will be mailed to you.

For those for whom this is their first ever organized Marathon, Half Marathon or 10 km run we have a commemorative mug for you.

Accommodations and Food

Sea Me Camp

We now have a limited number of campsites available by the start line!

Campsites are available for one night, July 23-24th are can be reserved by calling 902-637-2903. There is a limit of 4 people per campsite. The campsite costs $20. Washrooms are located in the Recreation Centre (the building where you pick up your race kit - 27 Park Lane, Barrington)

If you have any questions or would like to make a reservation call 902-637-2903.

Download information about pdf Shelburne County Accommodations (315 KB) .

Local Restaurants

  • Capt. Kat's Lobster Shack
  • JB’s Restaurant
  • Paparoni Pizza and Donair
  • McDonald’s
  • Tim Hortons
  • Ocean Treasures
  • Subway
  • Dan’s Ice Cream Shop
  • Pizza Delight
  • Captain Wayne’s Restaurant

For more information on what there is to do while you are on the beautiful South Shore check out Shelburne County’s tourism website

Directions to the Event

Traveling from Yarmouth – follow the Highway no. 103 to Barrington, take exit 30, follow Oak Park Road to Highway no. 3. At the stop sign, turn right. Follow the road to the Sherose Island sign. Turn left for Sherose Island. Drive less than 1 k and turn left (uphill) at the Recreation Complex sign.

Traveling from Halifax – follow the Highway no. 103 to Barrington, take exit 29, follow Highway no. 3 to the Sherose Island sign. Turn left of Sherose Island. Drive less than 1 k and turn left (uphill) at the Recreation Complex sign.

Traveling Information

  • Bay Ferries – Princess of Acadia (from Saint John, New Brunswick to Digby, Nova Scotia) - 1-877-762-7245.
  • Bay Ferries – Service between Yarmouth, NS and Portland, Maine -
  • We are located about three hours from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. There are car rental companies at the airport and there are some shuttle services available.
  • pdf Transportation Services (227 KB)