The BMO Vancouver 8KM starts at 9:30am on Sunday, May 5, 2019. The Start Line is located inside Stanley Park on Lagoon Drive. Note: This is a different Start Line than the Half Marathon, Relay and BMO Vancouver Marathon but you will share an energized downtown Finish Line with those other races. Gear check and shuttles to the Start Line are available from the Downtown Street Festival near Burrard and West Pender.
Note: Gear check and free shuttles to the 8KM Start Line depart from the Finish Line Street Festival near Burrard Street and West Cordova every 10 minutes from 7:30am-8:30am. There is no gear check at the 8KM Start Line.
What is included with Registration
- Race bib with built-in timing chip
- Technical t-shirt
- Commemorative finisher medal
- Water stations and live entertainment
- On-course services including toilets, electrolyte, gels and medical
- Exciting downtown Finish Line with music, food, a Street Festival, and more!
- Complimentary gear check and shuttle to the Start Line
- FREE Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo
- Consider fundraising for charity
- Enter to win Team Prizes
The 8KM course covers the last 8KM of the Half Marathon. When the 8KM race starts, runners may share the road with approximately 200 – 300 of the last remaining Half Marathon runners. In consideration of safety, the official 8KM Start Line is located away from the Half Marathon course and approximately 120 meters back from the full 8KM mark — this means that participants cover a total distance of approximately 8.15KM.
To account for the added distance, two timing mats are placed near the Start Line: the first at the Start Line banner, and the second at the measured 8KM mark. The event and timing company will publish two different finish times per runner with an 8.15KM time and an official 8KM time.
AIMS officials have ratified and sanctioned this event.
There is no Package Pickup race day. Please collect your package within Expo Hours:
Thursday, May 2, 5pm-8pm
Friday, May 3, 11am-8pm
Saturday, May 4, 10am-6pm
Every runner is required to pick up their own runner package. Proxy pick up is not available.
How to… You will need your bib number and your picture ID in order to pick-up your race package. Make sure to get everything you came for! Your race package includes race goodies including your race bib and timing chip, and short-sleeved technical shirt.
Prestige Runners have access to an express pick-up line at the Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo. Look for the special entrance marked Prestige Runners.
- Gear Check and Shuttles: Downtown Street Festival (West Hastings near Burrard Street)
- Start Line: Stanley Park (Lagoon Drive and Stanley Park Drive, near Ceperley Playground)
- Finish Line: Downtown Finish Line (West Pender St between Bute & Thurlow)
Gear check and free shuttles to the 8KM Start Line depart from the Finish Line Street Festival near Burrard Street and West Pender every 10 minutes from 7:30am-8:30am. There is no gear check at the 8KM Start. Shuttles will drop you off at Denman and Barclay Street, and volunteers will guide you down Barclay Street and Lagoon Drive to the Start Line.
The 8KM Start Line is located near the intersection of Lagoon Drive and Stanley Park Drive, near Ceperly Playground, in Stanley Park. Note: This 8KM Start Line is different than the Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay.
Things to Remember
- All items must fit into the 21″x26″ bag (about the size of a medium garbage bag)
- Gear cannot be any more than 10 pounds and must fully fit inside the gear check bag (no luggage will be accepted)
On Race Day:
- Put your gear into the 21″x26″ clear plastic bag, found in your race package
- Detach the label from your race bib and zip it to the bag
- Once sealed, the bag can then be given to Gear Check volunteers
At the end of your race, please make your way to the Gear Pickup Area in the Street Festival. You will need to show your bib. No gear bags will be distributed without a bib. Bibs are a runner’s identification on race day and should not be destroyed, damaged, or discarded.
- After you finish, continue along Pender Street in the runners compound and proceed to the exit and gear check on West Hastings near Burrard
- Show your bib to the volunteer; your bib number matches the label that you attached to your gear
- Any lost or left items must be claimed from the Information Tent at the Finish Line by 5pm on race day
Three corrals are located at the 8KM Start Line to provide a smooth and efficient start. You’ll be placed into either corral based on your Estimated Finish Time that you supplied during registration. You may not switch corrals on race day; please stay in the corral that you are assigned, even if a friend is starting in another corral. This is an issue of safety. Your bib number and colour will point you towards your corral.
Digital clocks are positioned at the Start Line and Finish Line. Digital clocks sync with the official Start Time but please note that digital clocks display “unofficial” finish times. “Official” finish times are unique to each individual runner’s chip, and therefore cannot be determined by the digital clocks.
Note: The 8KM Start Line is actually measured 120 meters back from the full 8KM mark — this means that participants cover a total distance of approximately 8.15KM. To account for the added distance, two timing mats are placed near the Start Line: the first at the Start Line banner and the second at the measured 8KM mark. The event and timing company will publish two different finish times – an 8.15KM time and official 8KM time. Click the + symbol beside your result to see your official 8KM time.
Note: 8KM times may not be used as a race standard for competitive application times. AIMS officials have still ratified and sanctioned the event.
Food is provided to every runner at the Finish Line. You’ll also receive on-course services.
Cross the Finish Line in style. After all of your hard work, you’ll be congratulated by volunteers, receive your medal, have a photo opportunity, and enjoy some water and food. Next, head over to Gear Pickup or make your way to the Street Festival on West Hastings Street to relax and celebrate!
- The Runners’ Compound Is available to Runners, Staff & Media Only
- Keep moving forward once you cross the Finish Line, you may meet your friends at the Street Festival
- Spectators may watch on W Pender St (before the Finish Line, between Georgia and Bute)
- Friends and family members may also meet you at the Street Festival on W Hastings
- Once you pick-up your finisher food, you may proceed to the exit and gear check on West Hastings near Burrard
- You may not re-enter the compound once you exit and enter the Street Festival
For your Finish Time, visit the Results Tent at the Street Festival or check online at bmovanmarathon.ca/results
Sportstats West is our official timing company.
Note: 8KM times may not be used as a race standard for competitive application times.
All winners will be recognized and first place finishers will be mailed their award after the race. Chip time, not gun time, will determine age group awards.
The Legacy Runners Club recognizes runners who have participated in and completed the Vancouver Marathon, Half Marathon or 8KM event multiple times since their inaugural dates of 1972, 1989, and 2008, respectively. Legacy runners of 15, 20, and 25 or more years, receive special perks as recognition for their dedication and amazing accomplishments. Find more details and a list of the Legacy Runners on the runvan.org website.
Please plan for all types of weather on Race Day. You should prepare for changes in the weather during the race as well as be properly equipped for post-race recovery. Consider checking warm gear at Gear Check to be used after racing, or ask someone from your support crew to bring warm clothing to the Finish Line. Please note that Finish Line blankets will not be provided. While we hope for sunshine, we encourage you to plan in advance for our Westcoast weather. To view race day notices and expected event conditions, click here.
Meet John Stanton on Saturday at the Denman Street Running Room store.
Get a few last minute tips from John Stanton. After, head out for a short scenic fun run or walk to loosen up your legs and work out any last minute nervous energy. More info at the Running Room Store – 679 Denman Street, Vancouver, BC. P: 604 684 9771
The BMO Vancouver 8KM race has a course limit of 1 hour 30 minutes. Participants must maintain a 15-minute per mile pace (approximately) and complete the 8KM distance — Start Line to Finish Line — within the event course limit.
For residents who live along the 8KM course and for those traveling to and from Vancouver, please be aware of extensive street closures on race day. In addition, No Parking Zones along the course will be enforced ion race day. Find more details via bmovanmarathon.ca/road-closures/ and our FAQ page.
Athletes with racing wheelchairs are welcome to participate in the Half Marathon and 8KM events only. Hand-cycles are prohibited. Please indicate that you would like to register as a wheelchair athlete by emailing [email protected] or by calling 604 872 2928. Arrangements can be made to transport a participant’s non-racing wheelchair to the Finish Line if requested. We will allow individuals with a disability to be pushed in a race approved wheelchair in the Half Marathon only. Both participants must be registered; please contact [email protected] or call 604 872 2928 to register. Escorts will be required to have the wheelchair tethered to their body – arm, wrist or waist – to ensure the wheelchair does not leave their company for the duration of the event.
All wheelchair participants must submit a picture of their race wheelchair for approval. Please email [email protected] For all sub-50 minute wheelchair participants in the Half Marathon, you may be forced to slow your pace if the course representative from AIMS, BC Athletics, or BC Wheelchair determines there is a road safety issue. The Vancouver International Marathon Society reserves the right at any time to revoke the privilege of participants if a safety risk is determined. Thank you for understanding.
Note: Details subject to change