MEC Halifax Race TWO: 5K/10K - Halifax Citadel

  • Date
    Sunday, 29 April, 2018
  • Time
    From 09:30 am to 12:00 pm ADT
  • Organizer
    MEC Halifax
  • Price
  • Address
    Halifax Citadel Square
    Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, 5425 Sackville St
    Halifax, NS

No day-of registration. 

Online Registration is now closed.

Halifax Citadel 

MEC and Parks Canada bring you the chance to run through the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and experience history in a whole new way! MEC is delighted to partner with @HalifaxCitadel and @parkscanada_ns again in 2018!

Please note that this event is weather dependent. Parks Canada and MEC may reroute the race if weather or course terrain becomes dangerous, and that if we have to reroute, it will alter the course length by a small amount.

Don't forget our kids race that morning beforehand: 


  • This event sold out last year- likely no day of registration!


Register online before April 29, 2018.

Distance Online In-store Race day
5K $15 $15 $25
10K $15 $15 $25

Note: race day registration is cash only, and is available from 8:00–8:30am on April 29 th at the registration tent. We love to offer amazing value for our races, but we can't offer refunds on races. Please see our refund policy here.

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In store

Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th open till close at at MEC Halifax.

Package pick up deal: Get 10% off purchases you make in store when pick up your race package. Discount does not apply to clearance items, Blundstones and other package deals.

Race day

Sunday, April 29th from 8:00 am - 8:30 am at event site


Start times

9:30am: 10K start

9:35am: 5K start


Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Course Description:  Runners will experience varied terrain as they run through the Halifax Citadel’s parade square, perimeter road, sidewalks, and optional grass adjact to sidewalk. 

PLEASE NOTE - This race starts inside the Citadel in 'Parade Square', NOT 'Grand Parade' by City Hall.

Getting there

There is street parking along the perimitter as well as Metro Transit routes that will be able to drop you off near the site. Biking is also a great way to warm up before a race! 

There will be no parking on site at Halifax Citadel and the road will be closed to traffic.


Help us keep our races green by bringing your own water bottle. (Compostable cups and on-site recycling and composting will also be provided.)

Race Route

Start: We will start inside the Halifax Citadel, and begin our race by making a loop of the Cavalier building, exiting the square, and turning left towards the commons.

Loops: Begin by heading down the hill towards the commons, with everyone completing a deep “U” in the the parking lot as indicated below. 5K runs this loop twice, 10K four times.

Finish: After finishing the required amount of loops, turn back to the start, and back around the Cavalier building as you enter the fort. The exact reverse of how you began the course.

Average gps distance: 5.6km for the 5k route, 10.3 for the 10km route. Will try to measure out 5.0/10.3 by Sunday.



Know someone who wants to come cheer you on and give out high-fives? Volunteering with the MEC events team is a blast. Email for more information. 


Want more? See the full MEC Race Series


We’ll have live unofficial race results within one hour of runners crossing the finish line at the results station. Official standings will be posted on the Atlantic Chip site as well as this page within two business days of the event. Be sure to check back!

We’ll be giving out medals to the top three male and female finishers in each distance category (no age categories awards).

Want to see last year’s results to scope out how fast the course is? They’re on Atlantic Chip's event site.


All water stations will be equipped by MEC’s electrolyte partner nuun hydration. Nuun is high in electrolytes, yet low in sugar to keep you optimally hydrated throughout the race.