RUN4HOPE - New Charity program for the BMO Vancouver Marathon

RUN4HOPE is the charity program for the BMO Vancouver Marathon, with goals to raise funds for social impact and community good, plus foster a spirit of community celebration. The RUN4HOPE program provides value to charities, and charitable options for participants, enabling runners to fund raise and/or donate to charities. Run and give in 2017! The event’s RUN4HOPE program has helped runners raise more than $14.5 million for charity and community good. Thank you!

Become a Charity Runner

As a RUN4HOPE runner, you commit to raising a minimum amount defined by the charity you choose. Take your running to another level by making a big impact for our community. Run and raise funds for one of our National or Official Charity Partners to enjoy a meaningful run! RUN4HOPE runners also enjoy 35% off registration!

Becoming a charity runner is easy:

1. Register as a Charity Runner for the Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay or 8KM.

2. Click on the event you wish to run, from the RED highlighted charity pricing.

3. While you sign-up, select a National or Official Charity to raise funds for.

Important notes for charity runners:

  • You receive 35% off race registration, but also commit to raising a minimum amount defined by the charity you choose.
  • You will receive fundraising tools and support directly from the charity to help make your fundraising a success.
  • After registering, you will receive a receipt of payment, plus an additional confirmation email which includes links to the charity fund raising pages.


Donate to Great Causes

You don’t have to be a Charity Runner to donate! Anyone may make a donation to one of our charities during the race registration process. Please consider making a donation when registering. Your support is greatly appreciated.

To make additional donations after registration or to invite family and friends to donate, please visit our Make a Donation page.

You may donate to any of the National, Official and Community Charities listed below. Thank you for helping to make a great impact for our community!

Team In Training at the BMO Vancouver Marathon in 2013

2017 National Charities

  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Canuck Place Children’s Hospice
  • Down Syndrome Research Foundation
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, BC & Yukon

2017 Official Charities

  • ALS Society of BC (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of BC)
  • British Columbia Schizophrenia Society
  • BC Cancer Foundation
  • Canadian Cancer Society BC and Yukon Division
  • Diabetes Canada
  • Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver
  • Mom2Mom Child Poverty Initiative
  • SportAbility CP Sport of BC
  • Surfrider Foundation Vancouver
  • World Vision – Team World Vision

2017 Community Charities

  • The Arthritis Society, BC & Yukon
  • BC Lupus Society
  • Canadian Association for Equality – Vancouver Branch
  • Collingwood Community Policing Centre
  • Covenant House Vancouver
  • Easter Seals BC & Yukon
  • Prostate Cancer Foundation B.C
  • YMCA of Greater Vancouver

All RUN4HOPE charities must be legally registered charities in Good Standing with the Canadian Revenue Agency. Charities are not sponsors of the Vancouver International Marathon and their participation in the Marathon should not be construed as an endorsement by the Marathon. We understand and expect that in a diverse society there will be also be diversity of views, opinions and causes. It is in this spirit that we allow and welcome a broad range of participants.





Since the mid-nineties, the local non-profit Vancouver International Marathon Society has worked with a broad range of local, national and international charities and charity runners to help raise more than $14.5 million for charitable causes.