Road Closures


The Vancouver International Marathon Society would like to advise residents and business owners of temporary road closures and traffic control measures to accommodate the event every year. We thank you for your patience and cooperation in helping Vancouver deliver a world-class marathon event, and remind you to please travel safely.

We take your safety seriously and we respect the neighbourhoods through which the BMO Marathon Vancouver courses run. Adhering to strict bylaws, we will keep you abreast of road closures as information becomes available. Thank you for helping us provide a quality route to showcase our impressive Vancouver communities to an international crowd.

Cost of the closures will be paid for by the non-profit organizers, the Vancouver International Marathon Society.

“Our non-profit is working closely alongside the City of Vancouver and Translink to ensure Vancouver’s only marathon event goes off safely and smoothly,” says Graeme White, Executive Director of the Vancouver International Marathon Society. “Safety is everyone’s top priority and this plan allows us to adhere to international marathon race standards.”

“We appreciate the support from the community and all stakeholders involved in delivering this longstanding Vancouver tradition, and encourage all to come out and support – Run, Cheer, or Volunteer,” adds White. “This is a legacy event that welcomes the world with runners from more than 60 countries now annually coming to Vancouver to help celebrate healthy living.”

Traffic control personnel will be stationed at major intersections and access points along the race route to safely manage and redirect traffic. Motorists are asked to avoid travel during the impacted hours and consider alternative times for local trips. Motorist that need to travel during these times are advised to plan ahead for potential delays and stoppages on the affected route.

The event follows a rolling road closure/opening protocol. This means that roads will close and later re-open as runners pass through the course; NO roads are closed for the entire duration of the race. Consequently, the BMO Vancouver Marathon has an event time requirement of 7 hours. Participants must maintain an approximate 8-minute per kilometre pace until Burrard Bridge – reaching the Burrard Bridge or 30KM mark by at least 1pm – and 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.

If you or someone you know lives along the BMO Vancouver Marathon course, or if you are traveling to and from Vancouver for the event, please be aware that extensive street closures will take place on Race Day. Further, “No Parking” zones along the course will be enforced in the early morning hours on Race Day.

Safety is everyone’s top priority.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Half Marathon / 7:00am – 11:00am
Marathon / 8:30am – 3:30pm
8KM / 9:30am – 11:00am

Join us at the 46th annual BMO Vancouver Marathon! Run, cheer or volunteer. More than 15,000 participants, from over 60 countries, will run this year’s celebratory event on Sunday, May 7, 2017. The Marathon, Half Marathon, 8KM and Relay courses showcase the City of Vancouver and all share an energized downtown Finish Line. Race routes will impact traffic in Vancouver’s Riley Park, Coal Harbour and Downtown on Saturday, May 6, and Riley Park, Cambie, Oakridge, Fairveiw, Kerrisdale, Dunbar, UBC, Point Grey, Kitsilano, False Creek, Chinatown, Yaletown, West End, Coal Harbour and Downtown neighbourhouds on Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Road Closure & Detour Maps

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