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2017 Popeye’s ® Durham Quarter Marathon presented by Progressive Nutritional Therapies
Helping Homeless Youth at The Refuge

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Congratulations to all finishers:

1/4 Marathon Results

1/8 Marathon Results


See you July 2018!


Thank you to our supporting sponsors:




About the Durham Quarter Marathon

The Popeye's ® Durham Quarter Marathon (DQM) presented by Progressive Nutritional Therapies is Canada's original 1/4 and 1/8 marathon event. The DQM, est. 2005, boasts a unique “out-only”, net downhill route along the scenic creeks and waterfront vistas. The exciting finish area celebration will be held once again at Lakefront Park West. 

The 2017 #runforothers raised $25,000 to help local homeless and street youth at The Refuge find a renewed hope for the future and the tools to reach their full potential! 

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Registration fees

Quarter Marathon Closed

Starts at Oshawa City Hall 8:30 am

    1. $50.00
      Feb 1 - Jun 30
    2. $60.00
      Jul 1 - Jul 19

Eighth Marathon Closed

Starts at Lakeview Park 9:00 am

    1. $50.00
      Feb 1 - Jun 30
    2. $60.00
      Jul 1 - Jul 19

1 km Kids Fun Run

1 km Kids Scamper Run

All kids 12 years and younger are invited to join the kids race at Lakefront Park West after the Awards Ceremony (approx. 10:30 am).

We encourage kids to bring in their spare change, and "quarters," for the Durham Quarter Marathon to help homeless youth at The Refuge.

All child participants will recieve a medal and goodie bag while quantities last!

Come, join in the fun of helping others!

Prizes & Awards

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female athletes in the Quarter Marathon Run.

1st Place = $500

2nd Place = $300

3rd Place = $200

Did you know that you can earn points towards the Durham Core Series to WIN another cash prize?

Awards for top three male and female participants in the Eighth Marathon Run. 

Awards for male and female participants in the following events:

1/4 RUN the top finisher within each age class 

1/8 RUN the top finisher within each age class

Age classes include:

19 & under

20 - 29

30 - 39

40 - 49

50 - 59

60 - 69

70 & over

Accurate Timing

Bibtags consist of a chip attached to the back of the race bib with times recorded using timing mats will so that you will have the most accurate finish time possible at the Durham Quarter Marathon.

Finisher Medals

Finisher medals for all participants.

Technical Shirts

The first 600 runners to register recieve a technical race shirt. You will find the size you ordered inside your race kit. We cannot exchange the shirt size you requested for another size. You are welcome to contact the DQM after race day and we will gladly exchange your size if we have shirts left over in your preferred size.

Unique Race Kits

The DQM offers the best race kits to the first 700 runners to register. Runners agree that our kits are stuffed with high quality treats. DQM race kits provide a compassionate opportunity to give back  by filling the shoe boxes with much needed hygiene items that are distributed to homeless and street youth aged 24 years and younger in Oshawa. Kits of hygiene items can be returned on race day or directly to centre after race day.


Pace Bunnies

Ajax Running Free provides a team of pace bunnies to help you reach your personal best at The Durham Quarter Marathon. Pace bunnies hold a sign with various 1/4 marathon (10.549 km) times. Line up at the finish line with the pace bunny who holds the sign with your time. If you are doing well during your race, try to catch up to the next bunny!

Route Map

Area Maps

1/4 Start Area

1/8 Start Area

Parking Map - Please park at your event start area and take the shuttle back to your car.


Google Route Map

There are no significant changes to last year's route. If you plan on running the route in advance of race day, look for the blue markings on the pavement for the KM markers. On race day signs will be placed along the route to measure each kilometre. The route is accurate to the metre using precision GPS technology.

The start line elevation is approximately 106 m and the finish line elevation is 81 m for a net downhill race course.


Parking & Shuttle Services

Free Shuttle Service:

Buses arrive approximately every 15 min.

1/4 Start Stop: Centre St. & Athol St. (directly across the street from Oshawa City Hall)

7:30 am - 11:15 am

1/8 Start Stop: Lakeview Park Avenue & Simcoe St. S

7:40 am - 11:15 am

Finish Line Stop: Lakefront Park West, Phillip Murray Ave.

7:30 am - 11:15 am

Free Parking:

1/4 Start: Downtown Oshawa - Click here for a map

1/8 Start: Lakeview Park - Click here for a map

Finish Line Area: Unifor Local 222 Parking, 1425 Phillip Murray Ave. 

Please do not park at Canlan Ice Sports Oshawa. Lakefront West parking lot is reserved for those requiring accessible parking, emergency access and race crew vehicles ONLY, no exceptions.

The DQM highly recommends parking at your start area and taking the shuttle back to your car. Please make sure you arrive at your start area at least 15 minutes before start time.

Bag Check


There is a bag check service included in your registration package. You may leave your bag with our trustworthy volunteers at your start area and pick up your bag at the finish line area. Your race bib includes an offical tag that matches your bib number registered on your name. Simply show affix the tear off tag on your bib to your bag at the start and show your bib at pick up.


FUNdraise $150 and RUN FOR FREE

Did you know that $150 will purchase 38 meals for one hungry youth at The Refuge?

It could provide 10 art classes to a hurting young person.

Or it could purchase 93 showers for someone who feels worthless.

You will provide kindness and hope for a better future for a street youth here in Oshawa when you raise pledges for The Durham Quarter Marathon. 



Please complete this fundraising form or print a registration form to register as a fundraiser, we can't refund your registration fee if you have already paid!

The rest is EASY:

  • We create your personal fundraising page (it may take a few business days to appear on the website)
  • We will send you a link to your page via email
  • You can also find your page by clicking 'Pledge a Participant' button on the left of this page (please wait 2 business days to find your name)
  • Find your name on the list, click the blue pledge button at the right
  • Share the url in the address bar of your pledge page to ask for online pledges


  • Collect pledges using the pledge sheet on the back of the registration form
  • If you want to make your personal pledge thermometer rise, just accept cash or cheques made to you and then use your VISA to add them online

Durham Core Running Series

Receive points based on your placement by participating in Durham Region's best race events.

After the final event, top three male and female points finishers eligible for cash prizes.

Quarter marathon participants at the DQM receive double the points!

Find out more about the Durham Core Running Series:

Race Policies


Race events include the quarter run, quarter walk, eighth run, and eighth walk.

Participants include walkers and runners in both the quarter and eighth events.


Strollers are permitted on both the quarter and eighth race courses. Participants with strollers must begin the race behind the group of participants in the respective race event as described above.


Participants are permitted to participate with leashed dogs on both the quarter and eighth race courses. Dogs must be on a leash. Those running or walking with dogs must begin the race behind ALL participants in the respective race events as described above.

Participants who would like to bring their dogs should consider the potentially high-stress environment that a large group of people gathered in the start line area may create for a dog. We ask that out of respect for others, please maintain a comfortable distance from congested areas and individuals. Please do not run with a dog in the kids fun run event.


The race course is fully accessible. Wheelchairs and other aiding devices are welcomed in all race events.

For participants with wheelchairs or other aiding devices, please consider the level of competition and position yourself in the start line group accordingly. We ask that more leisurely participants please lineup at the start line behind runners.

There are accessible parking spaces available to those who require such services.

The Durham Region Transit bus is accessible.


The race will occur in all types of weather, including rain. There will be no weather cancellation barring extreme weather types such as thunderstorms or natural disasters.

Refunds and Transfers

There are no refunds or transfers of registration fees. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Event Schedule

  • July 22 7:00 AM EDT - Quarter & Eighth Marathon Registration Opens, Oshawa City Hall

  • July 22 8:30 AM EDT - Quarter Marathon Run Starts, Oshawa City Hall

  • July 22 9:00 AM EDT - Eighth Marathon Run Starts, Lakeview Park

  • July 22 10:00 AM EDT - Awards Ceremony, Lakefront Park West (Finish Area)

  • July 22 10:30 AM EDT - Kids Fun Run, Lakefront Park West (Finish Line)

  • July 22 11:00 AM EDT - Race Course Closure

Contact Information

Event Location

Oshawa City Hall, Centre Street South, Oshawa, ON, Canada

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