Cape Breton Fiddlers Run

Quick facts

Location Sydney, Canada

Distance Marathon

Date September

About Cape Breton Fiddlers Run

The Cape Breton Fiddlers Run Association was formed in the spring of 2005 by the late Lydia Dickson, with a mandate to promote fitness and health in the community and to offer training for new runners.

The Cape Breton Fiddlers Run is organized completely by volunteers; over 500 come together each year to offer the numerous events offered by the organization.

The Cape Breton Fiddlers Run organizing committee is made up of volunteers who truly represent the community. They include physicians, teachers, nutritionists, accountants, nurses, lawyers, police officers and staff from the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Cape Breton Regional Police, CBRM Recreation, and Doctors’ Nova Scotia.


Age Limit

Children under the age of 6 are only eligible for the youth run on Saturday, September 8th, 2018; Children between the ages of 6-12 years are permitted to run the 5k race, but must be accompanied along the route the entire time by a registered participant over 18 years of age; Children 12-18 years are permitted to run the 10k with parental consent; Adults 18 years or older can register for all races (5K, 10K, half-marathon and marathon).

Aid Stations

There will be medical staff at Victoria Park


There is parking available in the vicinity of Victoria Park.


here will be water and Gatorade at every water stop

Cape Breton Fiddlers Run Route Map

Cape Breton Fiddlers Run Route Map


Victoria Park

4 Garrison Rd, Sydney, NS B1P 7G9, Canada


This year’s Cape Breton Fiddlers Run will begin at the Victoria Park Armories in the historic North End of Sydney. The North End is home to a number of Sydney’s landmarks, many of which will be passed by runners as they circle the shoreline of the harbour. All races will start and end here, accompanied by live local music and cheering fans.

The first part of the race will be run along Sydney’s Esplanade. This flat, newly paved road runs along the south shore of the harbour. Runners will first pass by the Joan Harris Cruise Pavilion, home of the world’s largest fiddle. Next up is Wentworth Park, arguably one of the most beautiful sights in Downtown Sydney.

The Medical Arts Building is the 2.5 km mark and turn around spot for the 5k runners. The remaining runners will continue along the Esplanade, which has now transitioned into King’s Road. Just as flat as the Esplanade, King’s Road will provide runners with a nice breeze from the harbour as they pass by some of Sydney’s nicest residential streets. Sydney River is the next stop for runners; this commercial strip is home to the first turn: a right onto Lewis Drive. Runners of the 10k race will turn around at the railroad crossing shortly after turning onto this road.

Lewis Drive transitions into Harbourview Drive after the railroad crossing; this short road will take remaining runners to the second turn of their race: a right onto Keltic Drive. Keltic Drive will allow runners to cross over the harbour via the Sydney River Bridge onto the North shore of Sydney Harbour.

The third turn of the race is made at the intersection of Keltic Drive and Westmount Road. Runners will make another right onto the still flat and slightly winding Westmount Road. This road will bring runners within a couple meters of the harbour as they run past more residential streets.. Next stop is the Dobson Yacht Club. Boats of all shapes and sizes fill the berths of the marina as runners pass. Expect waves from boaters as you pass them on your way to the turn around point. The Westmount Legion will mark the quarter-marathon point; all runners will turn around at this distance making their way back to the starting line along the same path. This turn around will be visited once by half marathon runners and twice by full marathon runners as they will come back for the second half of their race.

The 2016 Cape Breton Fiddlers Run will be a great way to experience Sydney for all runners. Expect a very flat, fast and scenic route that will make you want to return again!

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.