Press Release – Top 10 Forbes

Forbes 2014 Travel Guide names the BMO Vancouver Marathon one of the world’s Top Ten Marathons Worth Travelling For this marathon season

Forbes endorses the BMO Vancouver Marathon course as a world-class destination race

Being ranked one of the most scenic marathons and premier destinations for 2014 encapsulates our vision of being one of the top marathons in the world.

Vancouver, BC – February 11, 2014 – The BMO Vancouver Marathon has again received the coveted designation of one of the world’s best marathon locations for 2014 by Forbes magazine. The annual Forbes Travel Guide list was released January 29th featuring other world-renowned courses such as the Great Wall Marathon, Virgin Money London Marathon, and the prestigious Boston Marathon. Though Forbes did not release a list for 2013, the BMO Vancouver Marathon also made the top ten marathon destinations in 2012.

The leading global media source acknowledges the diverse, scenic route of the BMO Vancouver Marathon which includes snow-capped mountain views, cherry blossom trees, and 70% course shoreline. Described as “Hollywood North” with panoramic views, the article also states that the redesign of the point-to-point course in 2012 “takes more advantage of the scenic city sites, including its unique neighbourhoods, world-class parks, and its expansive seawall.”

This significant recognition by Forbes is another indicator that the BMO Vancouver Marathon is gaining awareness and popularity among runners around the world. Known as one of Canada’s oldest and largest running events, the BMO Vancouver Marathon will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Half Marathon and the 43rd running of the Marathon on Sunday, May 4th. Current registration for all events is tracking ahead of last year with an expected early sell-out; registration is projected to close April 4, 2014.

“We are honored to be recognized by Forbes magazine for the second time,” says Charlene Krepiakevich, Executive Director of the Vancouver International Marathon Society, the non-profit organization in charge of the BMO Vancouver Marathon.

“Being ranked one of the most scenic marathons and premier destinations for 2014 encapsulates our vision of being one of the top marathons in the world. Registration is moving at a brisk pace, so I would definitely encourage runners to sign up as the added recognition of our world-class event is sure to boost global awareness.”

The complete list of marathons that made Forbes’ top ten destinations for 2014 is:

  • Napa Valley Marathon
  • Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris
  • Virgin Money London Marathon
  • Boston Marathon
  • Big Sur International Marathon
  • BMO Vancouver Marathon
  • Great Wall Marathon
  • Marathon de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel
  • Big Five Marathon
  • Athens Classic Marathon

About The Vancouver International Marathon Society

The Vancouver International Marathon Society is the non-profit organization responsible for the BMO Vancouver Marathon. The event is one of Canada’s largest marathons and has a 43-year history within Vancouver and the running community internationally. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Half Marathon. The event will take place on May 4, 2014, featuring the three point-to-point courses, showcasing the city’s famous landmarks, shorelines and neighborhoods. The Health, Sports and Lifestyle Expo will take place during Marathon weekend on May 1-3. The 2014 events remain capped at 5,000 for the Marathon, 10,000 for the Half-Marathon, 2,000 for the 8KM, 500 for 8KM Teen Challenge and 250 for the Kids 1-Mile Fun run participants.

For more information and how to register visit: www.bmovanmarathon.ca
For more information about the Vancouver International Marathon Society visit: www.runvan.org

About BMO

BMO Bank of Montreal is proud to be in its ninth year as title sponsor of the BMO Vancouver Marathon. BMO supports the running community through sponsorship of marathon events throughout North America – in Vancouver, Kelowna, Charlottetown, Phoenix, Arizona, and Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin.  BMO’s long and proud history of supporting sports and fitness in Canada reflect some of our most deeply held corporate values, such as contributing positively to a healthy quality of life in the community and promoting the achievements of people, regardless of age or ability.

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