FAQs

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The BMO Vancouver Marathon is organized by the local non-profit Vancouver International Marathon Society – RUNVAN®


General Info

Is the BMO Vancouver Marathon a Boston Qualifier?

Yes! The BMO Vancouver Marathon is AIMS certified and 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 according to MarathonGuide.com. Learn more.


Registration

Can I defer my race to another year?

Yes, for medical reasons only. Please visit our Race Policies for more details on our deferrals.

Can I transfer my race to another participant?

Unfortunately, all of our races are non-transferrable from one participant to another for safety reasons. Please visit our Race Policies for more details.

Can my race registration be refunded?

Entry fees for the BMO Vancouver Marathon weekend events are non-refundable. Please visit our Race Policies for more details.

Is there a minimum age to register for the race?

You must be 18 years old to participate in the Marathon and Marathon Relay, 16 years or older to participate in the Half Marathon, 11 years or older to participate in the 8KM and between 5 to 12 years to participate in Kids Run. To view the age requirements for all races, please see the Race Policies.

How do I know if I'm registered?

You can login to the participant dashboard using the username and password you provided during registration and confirm your registration. Click here to login to the Participant Dashboard.

My Estimated Finish Time has changed, how do I change it?

You can login to the participant dashboard using the username and password you provided during registration and change your Estimated Finish Time. Click here to login to the Participant Dashboard.

How do I switch events?

While there is space available, you may switch your entry from an event to another. However, the difference will not be refunded. You may switch for a longer distance but you will be charged the difference. A $10 change fee will be applied to all changes. Deadline to switch races is Sunday, April 30, 11:59pm PST.

To switch races, click here.

How can I edit my runner profile?

To edit your runner profile, click here to login the Participant Dashboard. You can change your registration class, t-shirt sizes, estimate finish time and category. However, you cannot change your Name and Email Address.

How do I join a team?

To join a team, simply login to the Participant Dashboard, and click “EDIT: alter your registration details”. Afterwards, click on a team to join under the dropdown menu labelled “Team Name”.

How do I switch to be a charity runner?

To switch to be a charity runner, click here to login the Participant Dashboard. Click “CHANGE: change your race or registration class”, apply “Charity” into the Invitation Code bar, and you will be able to change to a Charity Race in the drop down menu labelled “Select New Registration Type”.

In addition, please make sure that you can meet the charity’s minimum fundraising amount, which is $300.

How do I make a donation after I've registered?

To make a donation outside of registration, you can visit our race store.


Package Pickup

When and where can I pick up my race package?

Package Pickup is located at the Health, Sports and Lifestyle Expo at the new Vancouver Convention Centre West. Pick up your race package anytime during expo hours prior to race day.

Address:
Vancouver Convention Centre West (Thurlow Street Entrance)
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC
V6C 0C3

Expo Hours / Package Pickup Hours:

Thursday, May 4, 5pm-8pm
Friday, May 5, 11am – 8pm
Saturday, May 6, 10am to 6pm

Package Pickup is NOT available on race day.

What is included in my race package?

Your race package includes Bib with embedded Race Chip, Saucony® short-sleeved Tech Shirt, blue BMO gloves, gear check bag and a FREE Transit Ticket

What do I need to bring to Package Pickup?

Please bring your registration confirmation (including bib number) and picture ID.

How can I find out my bib number?

You will be able to search your bib number closer to event day. We will send an email about 3 weeks before 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.

Can I exchange my T-shirt size?

Yes, you can exchange your T-shirt at the Expo T-shirt area on Saturday. It will be on a first come first serve basis, while size and quantities still last.


Race Start

Is there parking at the start?

No. Parking for the Marathon, Marathon Relay and Half Marathon runners will not be allowed in the residential neighbourhoods adjacent to Queen Elizabeth Park and start area, 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. Free transit tickets will be provided for pick-up at the Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo. Runners outside of Metro Vancouver can sign up for free shuttles located in North Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey and Coquitlam.

There will be volunteers and signage to direct you on race morning.

Where is the start line?

The start line is at Midlothian Avenue in Queen Elizabeth Park for the Marathon, Half Marathon, and Marathon Relay Leg 1. The 8KM start line is at Lagoon drive, between the Fish House Restaurant and Pitch and Putt (near Ceperley Park), and the start line for the 2.5KM Walk and Kids Run is at Ceperley Park, Stanley Park.

When should I arrive?

All participants who wish to check gear should arrive at the Start Line at least 60 minutes prior to their race start time. If you are not using gear check, please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your race start time.

What do I do with my warm clothes at the start of the race?

Tip: wear an old long-sleeved shirt or hoodie that you don’t care about 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.

If you prefer, we will have Gear Check at the start of the race that can be retrieved at the Finish Line after you have finished your race. Please use Gear Check bag provided in your Runners package.

Can my family and friends come with me to the Start Line?

Yes, there is some spectator viewing at the Start Line. Also, there are Spectator Hot Spots along the course and a terrific Finish Line viewing area. Join in and run, cheer or volunteer.

The fun Community Cheer Challenge presented by Chevron allows spectators the opportunity to potentially win prizes for cheering!


On Course

Can I walk the events?

Yes, the BMO Vancouver Marathon is open to all participants who wish to register and who 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. As such participants must maintain an 8-minute per kilometre pace (approximately) up until 30KM or 1PM, or just past the bridge. After the bridge is crossed, participants can slow their pace to approximately and a 14-minute per kilometre pace from Burrard Bridge to the Finish Line. Participants must complete the marathon distance—Start Line to Finish Line—within the seven hour event time requirement. 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 and will no longer receive support from the event. 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 finishers’ medal. In addition, the timing company will register your time as DNF (did not finish).

Nordic Pole Walkers are not encouraged because of the congestion on the course, however, should poles be required for participation, then 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 with runners or pedestrians

What are Corrals?

Corrals are designated start areas designed to provide a smooth and fast start for our marathon and half marathon events. Corrals help to space participants safely, ensuring minimal line-ups at aid stations throughout the course. Corrals are assigned by estimated finish times provided at registration.

Can I run with an iPod/headphones?

For the runner’s safety, music devices are not encouraged. 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 however, the runner may be disqualified.

Which electrolyte products are on course?

Water and electrolyte beverages will be available on-course including Ultima Replenisher which is available from any Running Room location. Powerbar will provide Gels on-course including the flavours of Strawberry Banana, Vanilla, Chocolate and Double Latte. Gel blasts will not be available.

Are there Pace Bunnies?

Yes. Pace Bunnies (pacers) will be located in the appropriate corrals at the Start Line and will be running 10 minutes and walking 1 minute (10’s and 1’s) in both the Marathon and the Half Marathon events. Each Pace Bunny will run even splits (every KM will be run in the same amount of time); by following your Pace Bunny, you should be able to cross the line with a better finish time.

Marathon Pace Times: 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:45, 3:50, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00

Half Marathon Pace Times: 1:30, 1:45, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30

Is there entertainment on course?

More music, more cheering, and more spectators! We’re adding more on-course entertainment to motivate, inspire, and entertain our runners. Watch for local musical groups, community cheer groups, dance groups, and thousands and thousands of spectators along the course.

There will be 34 different music groups/bands/musicians across both the Marathon and the Half Marathon

Represent your neighbourhood! We expect over 90,000 spectators at this year’s race, so grab your sign, and come to one of our hotspots to cheer on that special runner in your life!


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