We’re on the home stretch now! With only the last few kilometres left of the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, the end of our historic journey is closing in. Having reversed our route from the turnaround at Exeter Road, we are back at Beacon Hill Park and Mile ‘0’. A statue, dedicated to Terry Fox sits near the 39-kilometre mark. The statue, erected in 2005, honours the 22-year-old Terry Fox, whose attempt to run across Canada, in his Marathon of Hope, in 1980 was tragically cut short when the cancer he was battling, spread. He died in June 1981. After a moment of reflection for this courageous young man we move on. With the stunning views from the Dallas Road Walkway on Holland Point to our left, we run past Amica at Somerset House and see the Coho leaving the breakwater for Port Angeles, Washington. Up ahead is Ogden Point, where the cruise ships dock. Those who visit can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea from the Ogden Point Café and walk the beautiful breakwater for exhilarating breathes of fresh air and impressive views. Now back into James Bay at Erie Street we see Fisherman’s Wharf, home to many of Victoria’s floathomes and a good place to buy seafood right off the boats there. Fisherman’s Wharf is a popular spot for harbour seals readily awaiting fish feedings from visitors. The brand new community park here houses the largest rain garden in Victoria, a herb garden, children’s play area and the expanded David Foster Walkway. This also marks the start of the many turns on the marathon route before we reach the finish. On our left at St Lawrence Street there is a waterfront path that meanders into downtown. We stay on the route until the final turn onto Belleville Street, the Victoria Clipper terminal is on our left and beyond that the recently renovated CPR Steamship Terminal. Built in 1924, the building is characterized by neo-classic architecture and columns. At 42.195 kilometres we cross the finish line under the watchful eye of Queen Victoria. Her Majesty has graced the lawns of the Legislative Assembly since 1919, when her son Edward VII laid the first stone. A war memorial further down on the grounds commemorates World War I, World War II and the Korean War. And if you look up to the top of the Legislature dome you can see the gold statue of Captain George Vancouver, who explored North America’s northwest Pacific Coast from 1791 to 1795. We have come to the end of our marathon journey. Who would have thought that the marathon route would have so much history? Hopefully these series of blog posts have sparked your interest in participating in this year’s GoodLife Victoria Marathon. If you’re not a runner, but still enjoy the rich history Victoria offers, have a look here for more interesting information and all of the activities to keep you busy on your escape to the capital of British Columbia.