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Sanctioning and Labeling

The purpose of sanctioning is to communicate to race participants, event partners and the general public that a designated event is being conducted in a fair, safe and responsible manner, in accordance with the rules and standards of the sport based on the nature of event being offered and where the event is registered as a competitive event, results achieved will be recognized by other national governing bodies for the sport and the IAAF.

When a member branch of Athletics Canada issues a sanction and an organizer accepts a sanction, it is understood that:

  • The event organizer will abide by all rules and regulations implicitly or explicitly referenced within the description of the sanction they are receiving;
  • The sanctioning body will advertise the event on its calendar of events and provide support to organisers consistent as specified by the sanction;
  • The event organiser will advertise the event as a sanctioned event in accordance with the guidelines described within the sanction;

IMPORTANT: Course certification and sanctioning are different. Course certification specifically references the distance and change in elevation of a course while sanctioning referrers to the standards and rules which will be upheld during an event. Sanctions must be renewed annually.

For sanctioning information in your province/territory, contact your local branch.

Athletics Alberta

11759 Groat Road
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T5M 3K6

Brad Babiak
Technical Manager
(780) 427-8836

Manitoba Runner’s Association

Box 34148 Ford Richmond
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3T 5T5

Kathy Wiens
Executive Director
(204) 477-5185

Athletics New Brunswick

66 Belle Foret
Dieppe, New Brunswick
Canada E1A 8X9

Gabe LeBlanc
(506) 855-5003

Athletics Nova Scotia

5516 Spring Garden Rd. 4th floor
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada B3J 1G6

Anitra Stevens
(902) 425-5450 Ext. 339

Athletics Ontario

3701 Danforth Ave
Scarborough, Ontario
Canada M1N 2G2

Sheryl Preston 
(289) 214-8333

British Columbia Athletics

3713 Kensington Avenue Suite 2001-B, Oslo Landing
Burnaby, British Columbia
Canada V5B 0A7

Maurice Wilson
Technical Manager Road and Cross Country
(604) 333-3553


Fédération Québécoise D’athlétisme

4545, Avenue Pierre-De Coubertin
Montréal, Quebec
Canada H1V 0B2

Judith Lefebvre
Coordonnatrice provinciale en course sur route et épreuves hors-stade
(514) 252-3041 Ext. 3498

Newfoundland & Labrador Athletics

P.O. Box 3202
Paradise, Newfoundland & Labrador
Canada A1L 3W4

George Stanoev
(709) 576-1303

Saskatchewan Athletics

2020 College Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Canada S7N 2W4

Bob Riendl
Executive Director
(306) 664-6744


Athletics Price Edward Island

PO Box 302
Charlottetown, PE
Canada C1A 7K7

Andy Walker

Athletics Yukon

4061 – 4th Avenue
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 1H1
(867) 668-5844

Athletics Northwest Territories

Joe Leblanc

Athletics Canada

2445 St-Laurent Blvd. Suite B1-110
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1G 6C3

John Lofranco
Coordinator, Road Running
(613) 260-5580 Ext. 3314


IAAF Labels

Each year, the IAAF awards a designation referred to as an IAAF Road Race Label to leading Road Races around the World. Labels are issued for Marathons, Half-Marathons and other official distances where world records are maintained as well as recognition of some “Classical” races over non-standard distances.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Labels are issued. The requirements are significant and races wishing to receive an IAAF label must seek the endorsement of Athletics Canada.

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