When is the Marathon Shuffle?

The Shuffle is held annually on the last Sunday of April. For 2023, the mass start will be at 09:00 on Sunday 30 April. The official finish will be at 15:00 (6 hours).

Where is the Shuffle?

In qathet near the city of Powell River, British Columbia.

We acknowledge that the Shuffle’s course passes through Tla’amin Nation Treaty Settlement Lands, and we are thankful for being able to share these lands for this event.

Route map of Marathon Shuffle on the Sunshine Coast Trail

What is the route of the Shuffle?

The Shuffle starts where the Sunshine Coast Trail crosses Malaspina Road (north) and ends in the upper parking lot of the ShingleMill Bistro (south). We highly encourage you to hike or run the course any time of year. We recommend that you get a map (Sunshine Coast Outdoor Recreation Map), trail guide (Sunshine Coast Trail by Eagle Walz). Both are available at at Tourism Powell River, 4257 Joyce Avenue in Powell River. You can download a gpx track here (coming soon!).

Who organizes the Shuffle?

Since 1993, the Marathon Shuffle has been organized by PRPAWS (Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society) with the help of many volunteers, partners and community supporters including the Tla’amin Nation, Club Fat Ass and the BOMB Squad (Bloody Old Men’s Brigade.)

How will COVID-19 impact the event?

Good question! We will take guidance from the provincial health authority.  Current guidelines allow us to accommodate up to 50 participants. If restrictions ease, we will consider allowing more participants. If there’s a turn for the worse, we may have to cancel the mass start or the event. If you’d like to participate in the Shuffle but prefer to stay away from crowds, contact us to discuss potential workarounds.  

How many people will be accepted to start the Shuffle in 2022?

We hope circumstances will allow us to welcome at least 100 participants.  

How much does it cost to enter?

There is no cost to enter (It’s free!). However, we do need your support…

How can I support PRPAWS?

We humbly ask that you consider making a modest donation to PRPAWS (Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society) and/or buy a PRPAWS membership, Marathon Shuffle t-shirt or SCT Passport. Your contribution will be used to maintain and improve the trail throughout the year. We continue to build new huts, kiosks, benches, picnic tables, swimming docks, camp sites, and outhouses along the entire 180 km of the Sunshine Coast Trail, Canada’s longest hut-to-hut hiking trail.

PRPAWS can accept donations by any of the following ways:

  • E-transfer. Address to sunshinecoasttrail.info@gmail.com. We’re set up for auto-deposit, so there’s no need for a secret word.
  • Credit card or Visa debit card. Please use our PayPal link below.
  • Cheque. Please make it out to PRPAWS and mail it to: Box 345, Powell River, BC, V8A 5C2.

Note: If you make a donation for more than $20 we can give you a tax receipt. If you’d like a receipt, please be sure to let us know your contact information in the eTransfer notes/PayPal contact info so we can get one to you.  🙂

Thank you!

Why do I need a CFA membership?

We’re excited to partner with Club Fat Ass (“CFA” an outdoor event club that hosts free events for active people) to manage registration, provide coverage from liability and host an online discussion forum about the Marathon Shuffle. All participants in the Shuffle must be current CFA members. A $25 annual Club membership allows you to participate in many other events for free, so we encourage you to become an active CFA member. 

Do you live on the Sunshine Coast and have not yet participated in a CFA event? Take advantage of one time free event! Are you under 18? You’re welcome to participate in any CFA event for free, but please have a parent complete your Club registration.

How do I sign up?

There are two (2) steps to registering for the Marathon Shuffle. Please see the Registration page.

Note: Anyone who has not completed both registration steps will be contacted by Facebook Messenger with a reminder. The name of anyone who is not fully registered will be posted on the Facebook event page roughly 2 weeks before the start as a final reminder. Anyone remaining will be removed from the start list and someone on the wait list will take their place.

What if circumstances don’t allow me to start?

You will make a new friend, as someone on the wait list will be happy to take your place!  It’s super-easy to change your status from “Going” to “Not Going” on the Facebook event page. Please don’t wait until the last minute as the next person in line needs a bit of notice.

Note: it is considered bad form to sign-up and not show up. Your name will forever appear on the participant list as “DNS – Did not show up” and you will go to the bottom of the wait list in future Marathon Shuffles.  

I don’t have a Facebook account. How do I register?

We use Facebook because it provides a great discussion forum, it makes it super-easy for people to sign-up, get notifications about the event and remove themselves from the event… and it’s free. Understood, however, that not everyone has or wants a Facebook account. Please contact us to register.

Where do I register on the day of the event?

There is no last minute registration. Registered participants will check-in at the start.

How long does it take to complete the 29 kilometre course?

It takes between 6-8 hours to hike the full 29 kilometres, with 6 hours requiring a steady pace without much time spent taking breaks or smelling the orchids. Runners complete the course in 3-5 hours.

Can I do a shorter or longer distance?

In past years, the family-friendly 12-kilometre “Half” Shuffle was almost as popular as the full Shuffle. Some folks have even started at Sarah Point and run a 50-kilometre “Ultra” Shuffle. Given the traffic chaos and logistics of getting people to various starting points along the trail, however, we’re going to keep it simple with one “official” distance. Note: We may host a separate “Half” Shuffle later in the year.

What do I do if I can’t complete the entire route?

It is very important that you contact a Volunteer or Event Official. Contact numbers will be provided to all official starters before the start. If you signed-in at the start and didn’t sign out at the finish, we will notify Search & Rescue and police… something we’d rather avoid. Not signing-out will definitely put you on our bad list and may exclude you from participating in future Marathon Shuffles.

I’m from out of town. Where do I stay and what might I do when in qathet?

qathet Regional District (the upper Sunshine Coast area around the city of Powell River) offers a wide range of places to stay and things to do. Check out the Tourism Powell River website for ideas.  

How do I get from the finish (Shinglemill parking lot) to the start (Malaspina Road)?

Anticipate that you will need to figure that out. In past years, the local school district graciously provided free shuttle buses, but this may not be the case in 2022. Check out the Tourism Powell River website and the Shuffle Facebook event page for ideas.  

If I leave my car at Malaspina Road, how do I get back out there after the Shuffle?

You will need to make your own arrangements. Check out the Tourism Powell River website and the Shuffle Facebook event page for ideas.  

Is there bus service for participants travelling from Vancouver Island?

At this time, there is not. Check out the Tourism Powell River website and the Shuffle Facebook event page for ideas.

How can I get a Shuffle T-shirt and/or SCT Passport?

Shirts, passports, guidebooks and other items will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the finish line. All of these items can also be purchased at Tourism Powell River, 4257 Joyce Avenue in Powell River.

Will there be a Lost & Found?

Yes! A station will be set up at the finish line at the merchandise tent.

I had a great experience. What might I do to show my appreciation?

Hug a volunteer. Thank our supporters with an email or by doing business with them. Buy a t-shirt, donate to PRPAWS, help with the event in 2023! Please contact us with your suggestions for how we might improve the event.

What if I have a question that’s not answered here?

Chances are, someone else has the same question so please ask it on the Marathon Shuffle Facebook event page. (Link will be provided here when registration opens.) Alternatively, use our contact form.