Managing Your Registration
How do I know if I’m registered?
You will receive email confirmation after you have completed your registration. You may also login to the Participant Dashboard to confirm your registration.
How do I edit my runner profile?
To edit your runner profile, login to the Participant Dashboard. You may change your registration class, shirt size, or estimated finish time. To change your name or email address, contact us at [email protected]
My estimated finish time has changed, how do I change it?
You may edit your estimated finish time through your Participant Dashboard before the cut-off date in mid-April.
How do I switch events?
Space permitting, you may make a race switch through your Participation Dashboard. A $10 change fee will be applied to all changes, and any price difference at the date of the switch will be charged. The deadline to switch races is Sunday, April 26, 11:59pm PST. Learn more
How do I switch to a charity runner?
Email us at [email protected] or call us at 604 872 2928 and we will get you set up as a charity runner! Please note the mandatory fundraising minimum is $400 to receive your charity runner discount. Learn more
How do I switch from a Charity Runner to a Regular Runner?
If you would no longer like to be a charity runner, please email [email protected] and we can assist with your switch.
How do I make a donation after I’ve registered?
How do I create or join a fun team?
To create a fun team, login to the Participant Dashboard, and click “Edit: Alter your Registration Details”. Afterwards, click “Create a Team” under the dropdown menu labelled “Team Name”. If you have 10+ team members, email [email protected] for a special group discount code! Fun teams can be created across all events and are different than a relay team.
To join a team, do so during the registration process or login to the Participant Dashboard, and click “Edit: Alter your Registration Details”. Afterwards, click your team name under the dropdown menu labelled “Team Name”.
May I defer my race to another year?
May I transfer my race to another participant?
All races are non-transferrable from one participant to another for safety, legal and lability reasons. Please visit our Race Policies for more details.
RUNVAN® reserves the right to disqualify any individual from the BMO Vancouver Marathon. This disqualification may be based on, but is not limited to, all race policies; competing with an unofficial bib number; competing with a bib number assigned to another race distance within the event; competing with an official bib number assigned to another person; transferring or attempting to transfer an official bib number, or to obtain such bib number, from another person; and providing false information on the race entry form. Individuals disqualified from a race will be removed from the race results and may be barred from future events.
Can I receive a refund?
Entry fees for the BMO Vancouver Marathon are non-refundable. Please visit our Race Policies for more details.
About the Event
What happens over Race Weekend?
BMO Vancouver Marathon Race Weekend kicks off with a two-day Health & Sports Expo at the beautiful Vancouver Convention Centre East. On Saturday, the Kids Run takes place inside Stanley Park before the main event on Sunday.
Race Day Sunday starts bright and early inside Queen Elizabeth Park with the fast Half Marathon at 7am, and the world-class Marathon following at 8:30am. Lastly, the 8KM starts from Stanley Park at 9:30am, and all races share an energized Downtown Finish Line on W Pender St between Bute & Thurlow. After the race, runners and spectators alike enjoy the exciting Street Festival. Learn more
What’s the weather like on Race Day?
Vancouver’s only Marathon event is held annually on the first weekend of May, and is traditionally an ideal time to race in Vancouver, Canada. The last few years have proven perfect conditions for running a Marathon or Half Marathon, with clear blue skies and temperatures between 10°c and 18°c.
Is the BMO Vancouver Marathon a Boston Qualifier?
Yes, the BMO Vancouver Marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. In fact, the BMO Vancouver Marathon is continually one of the top 20 qualifying races for the Boston Marathon ranked against all eligible marathons around the world. Learn more
Is there a minimum age to register for the race?
You must be 18 or older to participate in the Marathon, 16 years or older to participate in the Half Marathon and Relay, 11 years or older to participate in the 8KM, and between 5 to 12 years to participate in the Kids Run.
What’s included in my registration?
Your race package includes a race bib with timing chip, tech shirt, gloves, a gear check bag and virtual race bag, plus a finisher medal. Your fees also help to cover traffic management plans and deliver a world-class race. As a non-profit, RUNVAN® directs all entry fees back into the race itself.
When and where can I pick up my race package?
Package Pickup is located at the Health & Sports Expo, prior to Race Day, at the Vancouver Convention Centre East. There is NO Race Day Package Pickup and will NOT be mailed out. Please pick-up your race package between Expo Hours. Learn more
What do I need to bring to package pickup?
Please bring your registration confirmation with your bib number, and picture ID.
How can I find out my bib number?
You will be able to search your bib number closer to Race Day. We will send an email about two weeks prior to the event with a bib search function.
May i pick up someone else’s race package?
No, every runner must pick up their own package at the Health & Sports Expo. Learn more
May I exchange my tech shirt size?
Shirt sizes are not guaranteed. We recommend runners come early to claim the size you ordered. You may be able to exchange your race shirt at the Expo T-shirt area on Saturday, 2-5pm, on a first-come first-serve basis, while sizes and quantities last.
Where is the Start Line?
The Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay Start Line is inside Queen Elizabeth Park on Midlothian Ave and Clancy Loranger Way. The 8KM race and Kids Run start within Stanley Park near Ceperley Park. Learn more
Is there parking at the start?
No, parking for Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay 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.
We strongly encourage participants to use public transit. Free transit tickets will be provided for pickup at the Health & Sports Expo for Marathon and Half Marathon runners. Marathon and Half Marathon runners located in North Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey or Coquitlam may also sign-up for shuttles to the Start Line, space permitting. 8KM runners may utilize the shuttles from their downtown Gear Check location. Learn more
When should I arrive?
All participants who wish to use Gear Check should arrive at the Start Line at least 60 minutes prior to their race start time. If you are not using Gear Check, please still arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your race start.
Can my family and friends come with me to the start line?
Yes! There are spectator viewing spots near the Start Line, along the course and a terrific Finish Line viewing area. Everyone is encouraged to join in and Run, Cheer or Volunteer. Learn more
What are corrals?
Corrals are designated start areas to provide a smooth and fast start for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8KM, and Relay. To help space participants safely, corrals also ensure minimal line-ups at aid stations throughout the course. Corrals are assigned by estimated finish times provided at registration.
What do I do with my warm clothes at the start of the race?
Tip: Wear an old shirt that will keep you warm before the start of the race! You can discard it at the Start Line and we will donate it to charity. You may also utilize Gear Check at the start of the race, and retrieve your gear at the Finish Line.
What electrolyte products are on course?
Water and electrolyte beverages will be available on-course, provided by nuun, the official electrolyte drink sponsor of the BMO Vancouver Marathon.
Are there pace bunnies?
Yes, pace bunnies provided by Running Room will be located in the appropriate corrals at the Start Line. Certain pace groups will be running continuously, while others will be doing “10s and 1s” – running 10 minutes and then walking 1 minute. Each pace bunny will run even splits – every KM will be run in approximately the same amount of time. Learn more
May I walk the events?
Yes, the BMO Vancouver Marathon is open to all participants who wish to register and can achieve the pace required. The Marathon has a course limit of 7 hours, the Half Marathon 4 hours, and the 8KM 1.5 hours.
To ensure the safety of our participants, the City of Vancouver requires the races to follow a rolling closure/open protocol, which means that the roads will not be closed for the entire duration of the races.
Marathon Course Time Limit Details: the Burrard Bridge on the Marathon course is closed to traffic until 1pm. Participants must maintain an 8-minute per kilometre pace approximately up until 30km or just past the bridge. After the bridge is crossed, participants can slow their pace to approximately a 14-minute per kilometre pace from Burrard Bridge to the Finish Line. A designated cyclist marshal will monitor and encourage participants to stay on pace and to ensure completion within the cut-off time. After three gentle reminders, any participants still out on course after the cut-off times will be asked to remove their bibs. A sweep vehicle will be available for pick up if necessary.
Since the races take place on roads, participants will not be allowed to start early due to live traffic and safety concerns. The course and stations will not be open until the roads are clear and it is deemed safe for participants. Any participant attempting to start early will not receive a finisher medal. In addition, the timing company will register your time as DNF or did not finish.
Nordic pole walkers are not encouraged due to congestion on course. However, should poles be required, participants will be placed in the last corral. In addition, Nordic pole walkers and walkers will be instructed to walk at the side of the course to reduce any potential congestion. Learn more
May I run with headphones?
For the runner’s safety, music devices are not encouraged, although there is no risk of disqualification for simple use. If a runner puts themselves or other runners at risk through an unsafe act that event officials determine was caused directly or indirectly through the use of a prohibited item, the runner may be disqualified.
Is there entertainment on course?
Yes, you’ll enjoy a world-class experience while racing at the BMO Vancouver Marathon. Find music, cheering and spectators on-course to motivate, inspire, and entertain you! Learn more