Featured Athlete: Canada’s Kip Kangogo

Event up-date: Runners from over 60 countries, plus all Canadian Provinces and territories, have already registered for this year’s BMO Vancouver Maathon race weekend!


Kip Kangogo, who resides in Alberta, Canada, has long been an event favourite in both the Marathon and Half Marathon. This year he will be competing in the Half Marathon.

16-1-M-BurrardBridge-Kip-bmovm2015-VancouverMarathon-sombilonThe BMO Vancouver Marathon has one of the most scenic and historic race routes in Canada. I have run both the Marathon and the Half Marathon and I have had a wonderful experience in both events. The courses are absolutely stunning and it winds through some of the City’s most gorgeous neighbourhoods. The race is well organized with the best course support I have ever seen. There are a lot of entertainment stations on the course which keeps me going, and the view only gets better each time. The finish is at an energized downtown where all races share the same Finishing Line and you celebrate your race in front of cheering spectators. If that kind of jovial cheering spectators can’t get you excited after completing your beautiful race, I don’t know what will. It has been for me and it gets better every year. This is one of the best Marathons in the world. I have this race on my bucket-list every year and life is great. In May, we run the BMO Vancouver Marathon.

The Elite Athlete Coordinator (Lynn Kanuka) is top notch in organizing and she knows her stuff. As an Olympian herself, she assembles together a world-class elite field which brings a lot of excitement and she takes good care of us. I can perhaps speak on the behalf of other Elite Athletes that have chosen this race in their racing schedules that we could not ask for a better Elite Athlete Coordinator. Thank you for taking good care of us, Lynn. We are always in good company in your presence. Most importantly, the volunteers are always amazing each year.

The race is well organized with the best course support I have ever seen… This is one of the best Marathons in the world.

Racing in Vancouver is different from racing elsewhere, or training in my province of Alberta, as Vancouver is stunningly beautiful in its own ways and it makes my racing more exciting. You are always surrounded by culture and heritage. The Marathon start is at Queen Elizabeth Park just to give an example. The best part is that I get to run along the Seawall and enjoy running as way of life.

Last year, I missed the race because my wife Florida and my daughter Emma welcomed a new addition to our family, Roy Bii Kangogo. He was born the same day the race was done (May 1, 2016) and I did not want to miss this special milestone of the birth of my son. This year, I’m looking forward to rocking the Half Marathon. A podium finish will be very rewarding for me. See you all in Vancouver. Best swag to date, beautiful course, and thank you BMO Vancouver Marathon for putting together such an amazing event of this magnitude.

Kip Kangogo

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