FAQs

Race day: May 5, 2019

Answers to frequently asked questions are included below.

Race specific pages are also available for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8KM, Relay, and Kids and you may view links direct via our sitemap.

Feel free to also email us via: info@runvan.org, or phone: 604 872 2928.

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

Find the entire race week schedule here.


General Info

What's included?

BMO Vancouver Marathon
Your race package includes a race bib with timing chip, tech shirt, gloves, a gear check bag and other goodies, plus a beautiful medal. If of legal drinking age, your race bib is also good for a Stanley Park Beer or Kettle Valley Wine at Mahony & Sons! 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. Learn more: race bonuses, about us and our pillars of sustainability.

What's the weather like?


Vancouver’s only Marathon event is held annually on the first weekend of May. This 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, in fact, with clear blue skies and temperatures between 10°C and 18°C.

How to get here, and what to see

BMO Vancouver Marathon race weekend now annually welcomes runners from 65+ countries each May. Join us for a world-class, destination race! Find hotel specials, sport tour operators, tourist attractions and more at bmovanmarathon.ca/visit.

For information on how to get to the Start Line and Finish Line, please visit bmovanmarathon.ca/travelsmart

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 according to MarathonGuide.com. Learn more.

Do you have Training Tips?

Yes, through Running Room Training Clinics and John Stanton you’ll be all set for the BMO Vancouver Marathon, Half Marathon, 8KM or Relay! Learn more at bmovanmarathon.ca/training, subscribe to our free e-newsletter and follow on social @bmovanmarathon.

Road Closures

If you are traveling race day, please be aware of road closures and TravelSmart.


Registration

May I defer my race to another year?

Yes, for medical reasons only you may apply for deferral. Please visit our Race Policies for more details.

May I transfer my race to another participant?

All 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 or older 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 the Kids Run. This info is also in our Race Policies.

How do I know if I'm registered?

You will have received email confirmation. You may also login to the Participant Dashboard to confirm your registration.


Managing Your Registration

Ability to edit registration online will close April 15, 2019. Please see the ‘Solutions Desk’ at the Expo after this time if you have need to edit your runner data.

Race Store Race Policies

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

You may login to the Participant Dashboard to change your Estimated Finish Time. Please seed yourself in the appropriate corral at the Start Line.

How do I switch events?

While there is space available, you may switch your entry from an event to another. A $10 change fee will be applied to all changes, and any price difference at the date of the switch will be charged. Deadline to switch races is Sunday, April 29, 11:59pm PST. Make the race switch through your Participant Dashboard. For more details, please see Race Policies.

How may I edit my runner profile?

To edit your runner profile, login to the Participant Dashboard. You may change your registration class, shirt sizes, Estimated Finish Time. To change your Name or Email Address, contact our non-profit offices via email: info@runvan.org

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 info@runvan.org 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 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”.

Learn more about fun teams here and about Relay teams here.

How do I switch to be a charity runner?

Email us at info@runvan.org or call us at 604 872 2928 to get switched to a charity runner.

Please note the mandatory fundraising minimum is $400 to receive your charity runner discount.

I don't want to be a charity runner anymore. How do I switch out of that?

If you would not like to be a charity runner anymore, please email info@runvan.org and we can assist with your switch.

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

To make a donation outside of registration, you may visit the Race Store linked above.


Package Pickup

When and where can I pick up my race package?

Package Pickup is located at the Health, Sports and Lifestyle Expo, prior to race day, at the new Vancouver Convention Centre West.

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

Expo / Package Pickup Hours:
Friday, May 4, 11am – 8pm
Saturday, May 5, 10am to 6pm

Package Pickup is NOT available on race day.

What is included in my race package?

Your race package includes a race bib with embedded timing chip, short-sleeved tech shirt, gloves, a gear check bag and other goodies.

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 event 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 during the Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo.

May I exchange my tech shirt size?

Yes, you may exchange your race shirt at the Expo T-shirt area on Saturday 2-5pm. It will be on a first come first serve basis, while sizes and quantities last.


Race Start

Is there parking at the start?

No, 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. Transit tickets will be provided for pickup at the Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo for Marathon and Half Marathon runners, who also may sign-up for shuttles to the Start Line if located in North Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey and Coquitlam. 8KM runners may utilize the included 8KM shuttles from their downtown Gear Check location.

There will be volunteers and signage to direct you on race morning. Learn more at bmovanmarathon.ca/travelsmart

Where is the Start Line?

The Start Line is inside Queen Elizabeth Park for the Marathon, Half Marathon, and Marathon Relay Leg 1. The 8KM race and Kids Run starts within Stanley Park. TravelSmart. For TravelSmart tips, please click here. All of the Sunday races share an energized downtown Finish Line and Street Festival.

When should I arrive?

All participants who wish to use Geer 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 arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your race start time. TravelSmart

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. Please also respect our green pledge.

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

Yes, there are spectator viewing spots near 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 also allows spectators the opportunity to win prizes by cheering!

What are Corrals?

Corrals are designated start areas to provide a smooth and fast start for the Marathon, Half Marathon and 8KM. 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.


On Course

View Maps: Marathon, Half Marathon, 8KM, Relay, Kids Run

May 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 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. 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 finisher medal. In addition, the timing company will register your time as DNF or 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.

May 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 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 and will be consistently running 10 minutes and then walking 1 minute for “10’s and 1’s”. Each Pace Bunny will run even splits. In other words, every KM will be run in approximately the same amount of 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?

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 about the Entertainment and Community Challenge presented by Chevron that allow fans to win prizing, too!

90,000 spectators are expected at this year’s race, so grab your sign and come to cheer


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