Fun Facts


Here are some fun facts emphasizing the size of Vancouver’s only Marathon event, wholly organized by the local non-profit Vancouver International Marathon Society.

On Race Day, runners consume:

  • 2,250 pounds of nutritional gels
  • 31,000 liters of water
  • 15,000 PowerBar Gels
  • 13,000 Bananas
  • Runners will approximately cover a combined distance of 454,175KM this year – approximately 49 times across Canada (9,306KM)
  • Since 1972, our runners have covered well over 6,000,000 kilometers – that’s about 8 times to the moon and back, or 150 times around the Earth!
  • Since 1996, our RUN4HOPE charity runners have raised more than $14.5 million for charity
  • In 2017, the 100,000 Vancouver Marathon finisher will cross the Finish Line!


  • 13,000 feet of fence is deployed, along with 365 toilets
  • 90,000 spectators are estimated to line the streets
  • 4,000 volunteers will contribute, representing nearly 16,000 person hours
  • 195 traffic control personals, 135 VDP Members, and 150 Medical Team Members will also be out on Race Day
  • The Cycle Team of 60 volunteers covers about 1,240KM on Race Day, and another 3,500KM during training – about 20 return trips to Whistler