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BMO Vancouver Marathon

Quick facts

Location Vancouver, Canada

Distance Marathon

Date May

About BMO Vancouver Marathon

The BMO Vancouver Marathon is an annual race held on the first Sunday of May each year in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. As the second largest international marathon event in Canada, it has a certified running distance of 26 miles and 385 yards long. The most recent marathon saw over 14,000 people participate on May 4, 2014, with over 3700 completing the marathon distance. 

The race started in 1972 when a small group of 46 runners ran five loops of Stanley Park to complete the first Vancouver International Marathon (known as Lions Gate Road Runners International Marathon).Ranked a Top 10 Destination Marathon by Forbes for its stunning beauty and scenic route, ranked “most exotic” marathon by CNN, the BMO Vancouver Marathon leads runners on a 42.2 kilometre journey through parks, neighbourhoods and bustling city streets. Enjoy the fresh-air alongside natural beaches and breathe a sense of wonder at the backdrop of surrounding mountains.

Practicalities

Aid Stations

Live entertainment at 20 stations along the marathon course!

Award Medals

Commemorative finisher’s medal.

Parking

Parking for Marathon, Marathon Relay and Half Marathon runners will not be allowed in residential neighbourhoods adjacent to Queen Elizabeth Park, nor on Cambie Street. Note: The 8KM Race has a different Start Line and Gear Check. Please see the event specific pages for more details. We strongly encourage participants to use public transit or carpool wherever possible. Transit tickets will be provided for pick-up at the Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo. Runners outside of Metro Vancouver may also sign-up for free shuttles located in North Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey and Coquitlam.

Refreshments

Water and electrolyte beverages will be available on-course provided by Nuun, the official electrolyte drink sponsor of the BMO Vancouver Marathon.

Timing

Race bib with built-in timing chip.

BMO Vancouver Marathon Route Map

BMO Vancouver Marathon Route Map

Start:

Little Mountain at Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Finish:

Vancouver Convention Centre.

Vancouver Convention Centre, Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Difficulty

flat

Highlights

Ranked a Top 10 Destination Marathon by Forbes for its stunning beauty and scenic route, ranked “most exotic” marathon by CNN, the BMO Vancouver Marathon leads runners on a 42.2 kilometre journey through parks (Stanley Park Seawall, Pacific City Park and Queen Elizabeth Park), neighbourhoods and bustling city streets. Enjoy the fresh-air alongside natural beaches and breathe a sense of wonder at the backdrop of surrounding mountains.

Overview

Starting near the top of Little Mountain at Queen Elizabeth Park, in the centre of the city, runners head south along the heritage-designated Cambie Street, west through Kerrisdale and the University of British Columbia campus, back into the city alongside breath-taking Jericho and Kits beaches, finally circling our coveted Stanley Park Seawall to  finish at the city’s pulse in the downtown corridor near the Vancouver Convention Centre.


BMO Vancouver Marathon Trivia

  • The race started in 1972 when a small group of 46 runners ran five loops of Stanley Park to complete the first Vancouver International Marathon (known as Lions Gate Road Runners International Marathon). The marathon grew over the next few years to 300 participants in 1977. However the event suffered a major setback in 1976 when a participant, Dr. Leslie Truelove, collapsed mid-race and died due to aneurysm. In Truelove's memory, the Dr. Leslie Truelove Memorial Trophy has been awarded ever since to the first male finisher in the 50+ age category.
  • The 1983 race became known as the "Long Marathon" after runners were misdirected during its running — adding an extra 561 yards to the race.

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.