Elite Athlete Program

Elite Athlete Program

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The BMO Vancouver Marathon and Half Marathon is organized and operated by the Vancouver International Marathon Society (Society), a non-profit organization. The event is one of Canada’s largest marathons and has an incredible history within Vancouver and the international running community.

The Elite Athlete Program for the BMO Vancouver Marathon strives to foster Canadian runners while respecting the importance of the international running community in celebration of event records and high performance. Elite Athlete entries are limited, a decisions will be made at the discretion of the Elite Athlete Coordinator, a former Olympian.

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2017 BMO Vancouver Marathon Elite Athlete Prizing

Elite Athlete Prizing: Overall

Marathon Male Female Half Marathon Male Female
1st place $3000 $3000 1st place  $1500 $1500
2nd place $2000 $2000 2nd place $800 $800
3rd place $1000 $1000 3rd place $500 $500
4th place  $500 $500 4th place  $300 $300
5th place $200 $200 5th place  $100 $100

 

Bonus for Top Canadian Athletes

Marathon Male Female Half Marathon Male Female
1st place $1000 $1000 1st place  $750 $750
2nd place $750 $750 2nd place $400 $400
3rd place $500 $500 3rd place $200 $200

Additional BC Half Marathon Championship cash prizes will be awarded by BC Athletics.

BC Athletics will additionally present Championship Medals and Prize Money awards of $200, $100 and $50 to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall finishers, respectively, in each gender category. For more information on the BC Half Marathon Championships, click here.

Masters (40+)

Marathon Male Female Half Marathon  Male Female
1st place $500 $500 1st place  $300 $300
2nd place $300 $300 2nd place $200 $200
3rd place $200 $200 3rd place $100 $100

 

Wheelers (Only Half Marathon)

Half Marathon  Male Female
1st place  $300 $300
2nd place prize pack prize pack
3rd place prize pack prize pack

Elite Athlete Status Requirements

Elite Athlete Status requirements*: AUTOMATIC ACCEPTANCE IF RANKED IN TOP 10 IN BC for 2016

Canadian Male Female International Male Female
Marathon 2:40 3:00 Marathon 2:25 2:50
Half Marathon 1:10 1:20  Half Marathon 1:06 1:15

TRAVEL ASSISTANCE Elite Athlete status requirements**:

Canadian Male Female International Male Female
Marathon 2:25 2:50 Marathon 2:16 2:40
 Half Marathon 1:08 1:20  Half Marathon 1:04 1:12

Masters (40+) Elite Athlete Status requirements*:

Male Female
Marathon 2:45 3:10
Half Marathon 1:15 1:25

 

*Elite Athlete Status: Includes Complimentary Entry, Elite Athlete Start Zone, Elite Athlete Drink Support, Course Tours and Event Day Transportation. Course Tours based on demand. Limited acceptance based on the applications and up to the discretion of the Elite Athlete Coordinator.

**ELITE Athlete Status with Travel Assistance: In addition to the above, this includes Travel Assistance for Top 5 Finishers Post-Event up to $400 in North America only, and Elite Athlete Hospitality with Accommodation and Meals. Limited to a maximum of 24 athletes based on applications and up to the discretion of the Elite Athlete Coordinator.

NOTE: Elite Athlete Status is limited and will be considered on a case by case basis. This is an application only and does not guarantee acceptance. Once we have received your application, the Elite Athlete Coordinator will contact you to discuss your eligibility. Thank you for understanding!

CONDITIONS OF APPLICATION

  • All athletes must have run on a certified course since January 1, 2016
  • Applications will be processed as they are received.
  • Applications MUST be received by March 1, 2017.
  • All athletes must be current members of their provincial branch of Athletics Canada OR of their national federation.
  • To be eligible for the Top Canadian Athlete Bonuses, athletes must be Canadian citizens.
  • To be eligible for the Top BC Athlete Bonuses, athletes must be members of BC Athletics.
  • Travel assistance will be limited to within North America to a maximum of $400 for Top 5 Finishers in each event only.
  • Athletes must have their own identification to enter and exit the country.
  • No letters of invitation or authorization will be forwarded.

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