On June 1, 2009 more stringent requirements for border crossings in North America were implemented. All participants crossing the U.S./Canada border, and 16 years of age or older will need a passport, passport card or enhanced driver’s license (“EDL”) or other acceptable Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) documents. U.S. and Canadian children under the age of 16 participating in the Marathon Relay will be able to present the original or copy of their birth certificate or other proof of U.S. citizenship such as a naturalization or citizenship card.
All international entries are submitted to the Bureau of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) and the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”), for clearance before the race. If your clearance requires additional information than what was provided during registration or you are deemed inadmissible, one of these agencies may reach out to you via email or telephone for more details. If you are not a citizen of the U.S. or Canada, other documentation may be needed. ALL international participants must show up in person at the Health & Fitness Expo, and present a passport or enhanced driver’s license in order to pick up your race packet. Those participants running solely in U.S. (U.S.-Only Half-Marathon, Relay Legs 3-5, 5K and the Kids Fun Run) need only present photo identification when picking up their packets.
Per government regulations, you’re required to carry WHTI-compliant documents when crossing the border, at any time. Running across the border as part of our race counts as “crossing the border.” If you’re not carrying a WHTI document and encounter a Canadian Border Services Agency or Customs and Border Protection officer, you’ll risk extra wait time and questioning.
These are decisions that are not made by our staff and can’t be resolved through our organization. All questions and concerns need to be directed to the Canadian Border Services Agency regarding inadmissibility.