Races within the race

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Prizes for non-Elite Athletes to be won at the BMO Vancouver Marathon

Not all runners at the BMO Vancouver Marathon will be able to keep up with the fast Elite Athletes on race day, May 1st, however, everyone can strive to win prizes. The ‘Races within the Race’ program challenges runners to achieve personal and team goals, regardless of their fitness levels and race distance. Runners will have an opportunity to win prizes for achieving their own personal goal times, and can win with other fun initiatives.

“It’s not just about who is the fastest at the BMO Vancouver Marathon,” says says Charlene Krepiakevich, Executive Director of the non-profit Vancouver International Marathon Society, organizers of the event. “We look forward to seeing smiling faces, hugs and cheers. Everyone is welcome.”


Beat your own personal goal time

The BMO Vancouver Marathon is giving runners extra incentive to set and exceed their 2016 personal goals at the 45th Anniversary event by offering up free race registration to 45 runners who ‘Meet or Beat’ their estimated finish times. Submit your estimated finish time when you register. We will analyze data post-race to determine who met or beat their goal race time and from those eligible entries, 45 winners will be randomly chosen following the race and offered free race registration into the 2017 BMO Vancouver Marathon.

As estimated finish times determine which corral runners start in, please be accurate with your goal time. All race distances at the BMO Vancouver Marathon on May 1, 2016 – the Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon and 8KM – are eligible to win and encouraged to take part in the fun ‘Meet it or Beat it’ time competition.

Age Category Awards

First-place male and female age category winners will receive free entry into the following year’s race, while the second and third-placed winners will also be recognized by gender. Chip time, not gun time, will determine age group awards. Runners are automatically entered into the following age groups: under 19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; 80-84; 85-89; 90-94; 95-99; 100 and above.

Camosun Hill Challenge

The Camosun Hill Challenge is a fun race within the Marathon event. With timing mats placed at the top and bottom of Camosun Hill in Dunbar, marathoners are tracked though their timing chip as they climb 1,230 metres with an elevation gain of 54 metres – from the base of Camosun road to where you’ll go left onto W 29th Ave. Prizes will go to the fastest male and female marathon runners, excluding Elite Athletes.

Team Challenge

All registered teams will automatically be entered to win prizes! Train and run with your running club, co-workers, family and friends. Awards will go to the fastest Marathon team as well as the largest team. Team times will be based on the gun time of the five fastest team members. Please note to be eligible for prizing as part of the fastest Marathon team, at least two of your top times must come from the opposite sex.

For team registration, one person must take the lead as the “Team Captain” and register a team name and password during the registration process. After the team is created, all other members will be able to join when they register by entering and selecting that chosen team name and password.

Marathon Relay

The Marathon Relay welcomes teams of 2, 3 or 4 to experience the stunning BMO Vancouver Marathon course together. The fastest overall, mixed, male and female Marathon Teams will be recognized. Split times will be provided for each leg of the course, providing yet another race within the race. Approximate distances: Leg 1 = 12KM, Leg 2 = 12KM, Leg 3 = 5KM and Leg 4 = 13KM.


“There is a race distance for everyone, from a new 2.5KM Walk to Vancouver’s only 42.2KM course,” adds Krepiakevich. “With incredible crowd excitement, and six different races, the BMO Vancouver Marathon is a ‘must-do’ event for runners of all abilities. We invite everyone to join in!”

Join in!


Past Results

2015