Marathon Relay Event Info

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The BMO Vancouver Marathon Relay is on Sunday, May 5, 2019. Teams of 2, 3 or 4 are encouraged to enter.

Learn more

Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019
Time: 8:30am* – must clear Start Line by 8:40am
Start Line: Queen Elizabeth Park Midlothian Avenue
Gear Check and Shuttle Start: Oakridge-41st – separate from the Marathon
Finish Line: West Pender St. between Bute St. & Thurlow St.
Age: 18+

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What is included with registration?

  • Race bib with built-in timing chip, and split times
  • 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!
  • FREE Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo
  • Consider fundraising for charity
  • Enter to win Team Prizes

How do I register my team?

Team Captain is responsible to register and pay for the entire team at registration. The information for each Relay member requested at time of registration is below:

  • Name, Gender, Shirt Size, Birthdate, Age and Email Address
  • City, Province, Country
  • Estimated Finish time for each leg

Team Captains may download this sheet to help collect information. The Team Captain will submit an overall Estimated Finish Time and pay for the entire team. If you are the Team Captain and want to collect payment from teammates, please coordinate that exchange on your own behalf. If you want to change team members, please email [email protected]. Once registration is successful, an email will be sent to each Relay teammate and the subsequent e-waiver must be signed.

How does it work?

Relay runners will have a gear check option at the Relay Shuttle Start location near Oakridge-41st Station, and will be able to pick up gear at the Relay Reunion area within the Street Festival. Note: Relay gear check locations are different than the full Marathon.

Shuttles will transport Leg B, C and D runners to their designated Relay Exchange Zones at staggered departure times as follows:

Leg A runners will walk to the Start Line in Queen Elizabeth Park for the 8:30am Marathon start
Leg B Shuttles departs at 8:00am to Relay Exchange Zone 1 (Imperial Drive and W 16th)
Leg C Shuttles depart at 8:30am to Relay Exchange Zone 2 (NW Marine and 4th Ave)
Leg D Shuttles depart at 9:00am to Relay Exchange Zone 3 (Chestnut and Cornwall)

Buses will depart on-time, and take approximately 30 minutes. If you miss your shuttle, it will be your responsibility to reach your designated Exchange Zone. If you make alternative plans to travel to your Relay Exchange Zone, please plan to arrive there at least 30 minutes before you expect your teammate. Shuttles, once they fill back up, will also transport you to the Relay area at the Street Festival if you complete Leg A, B or C.

New this year, Relay runners will now receive their Medals after finishing their leg in the Relay Exchange Zones. The anchor Leg D runner should seek a Relay Medal once crossing the downtown Finish Line


Relay Exchange Zones

  • Relay Exchange Zone 1 – Imperial Drive and W 16th
  • Relay Exchange Zone 2 – NW Marine and 4th Ave
  • Relay Exchange Zone 3 – Chestnut and Cornwall


On-course signage, marshals and mega-phones will help guide you through Relay Exchange Zones. There will be ‘Relay Exchange 100m ahead‘ signage to warn you of the upcoming exchange zone, and signs signifying the Relay Exchange Zone itself. Please stay right to access the Relay Exchange Zones, and Marathon runners will stay left. Pass your timing chip in the designated Relay Exchange Zone.

The Exchange Zones will be busy with excitement! Please only enter the Relay Exchange Zone when your teammate is near. To help, volunteers will radio ahead and notify you when Relay runners are near through mega-phones. You should also be aware of your teammates expected arrival time. Once you make an exchange by passing the timing belt to your teammate, please exit to your right. The new Relay runner will then rejoin the Marathon course.

Relay Reunion area at the Street Festival

Leg A, B and C runners, after finishing their leg, will have access to water, juice, a bar, and portable toilets, and will receive their medal near the Exchange Zone! These runners will then be transported back to the Relay Reunion area once return shuttles are full to meet the ‘anchor’ Leg D runner, and grab a team photo!


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Leg D runners may grab water and snacks on their way out to the Street Festival and Relay Reunion area.

Bib Lookup

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You will be able to look up your bib number closer to race day by visiting the here.

Package Pickup

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There is no package pick-up on race day. Please pick-up 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.

TravelSmart to the Relay

  • Gear Check and Shuttles: Oakridge-41st Station (Cambie and W 41st)
  • Start Line: Queen Elizabeth Park (Midlothian Avenue, near Hillcrest Community Centre). Exchange Zones are listed below.
  • Finish Line: Downtown Finish Line (West Pender between Bute and Thurlow)

Relay runners will have a gear check option at the Relay Shuttle Start location near Oakridge-41st Station, and will be able to pick up gear at the Relay Reunion area within the Street Festival. Note: Relay gear check locations are different than the full Marathon.

Shuttles will transport Leg B, C and D runners to their designated Relay Exchange Zones at staggered departure times as follows:

Leg A runners will walk to the Start Line in Queen Elizabeth Park for the 8:30am Marathon start
Leg B Shuttles departs at 8:00am to Relay Exchange Zone 1 (Imperial Drive and W 16th)
Leg C Shuttles depart at 8:30am to Relay Exchange Zone 2 (NW Marine and 4th Ave)
Leg D Shuttles depart at 9:00am to Relay Exchange Zone 3 (Chestnut and Cornwall)


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TransLink. Traveling to the Start Line of the Marathon is easiest with Canada Line. Take the Canada Line from Downtown Vancouver southbound or from Richmond northbound and get off at Oakridge-41st station or King Edward Station, then walk to the Start Line. The walk takes about 15 minutes and volunteers will guide you. Note: the Half Marathon closes Cambie Street Northbound roads from 6:45am – 8:15am and may make it difficult for you to cross if you exit at King Edward Station. For more information on public transportation, please visit translink.ca.

Start Line

Schedule subject to change:

  • 7:00am-7:20am: Half Marathon participants leave.
  • 7:30am-7:50am: Utilize Relay gear check near Oakridge-41st
  • 7:50am-8:00am: Leg A runners find your corral!
  • 8:00am: High-fives and stretches!
  • 8:15am: Music and warm-up
  • 8.30am: Race begins! First corral of runners leave; subsequent corrals to follow.
  • 03:30pm: Marathon course closes

Things to remember:

  • Please arrive at least one hour before your race starts if you want to check your gear
  • We encourage all participants to arrive at least 45 minutes early
  • The Start Line is equipped with: toilets, water, a medical tent, and electrolyte drink

Please note: the Hillcrest Community Centre washroom, changing, and dining facilities are NOT available to participants. Thank you for respecting the Hillcrest Community Centre staff and members.

Gear Check

Relay runners will have a gear check option at the Relay Shuttle Start location near Oakridge-41st Station, and will be able to pick up gear at the Relay Reunion area within the Street Festival. Note: Relay gear check locations are different than the full Marathon.

Shuttles will transport Leg B, C and D runners to their designated Relay Exchange Zones at staggered departure times as listed above.

Timing Belt


Each leg will be timed. Your ‘baton’ will be a timing chip worn around your waist that will be passed between team members in designated exchange zones. Runner split times will include the exchange zone time, meaning Runner A’s time will include their Leg of the race, plus the time of the relay exchange. Runner B’s time will include their Leg of the race, plus the time of the relay exchange, etc. Before the Relay Exchange Zone you will have advance notice to stay right, as Marathon runners stay left. Exchanges take place in designated Relay Exchange Zones.

Lost Timing Belt or Incomplete Leg

If the timing belt is lost, your team will not receive an official time. Your team will also not receive an official time if a runner is unable to complete their Leg, however, your team will still be able to complete the race. If you are unable to complete your portion of the Relay due to injury or other reasons, please inform a race official who will radio ahead to the next Relay Exchange Zone. We will find your team member and notify them they may continue racing, but without a timing belt. Medical staff and water stations will be available throughout the course to ensure your safety.

Corrals

BMOVM.M.Images-1000x300-A-1-2016-Corrals.JeffBell.VancouverMarathonA corral is an area at a Start Line where race runners are grouped according to their Estimated Finish Time, with the faster runners closer to the front. Corrals are enforced at many large-scale running events to ensure a safe and efficient start and to prevent line-ups at aid and water stations along the course.

Here’s how it works: Your corral is assigned to you according to your Estimated Finish Time, which you are asked to provide as part of your registration process. If you would like to utilize an Estimated Finish Time calculator click here.

You will be able to check your bib number and corral colour about two weeks before the event. After picking up your bib during Expo hours, you’ll see that the colour along the bottom edge of your bib will corresponds to the colour of your corral. Once assigned to a corral you may not switch to another.

Clocks and KM /Mile Markers

The BMO Vancouver Marathon course is marked every kilometre and every five miles.

Digital clocks are positioned at the Start Line, Halfway Point, and Finish Line. Digital clocks are synced with the official Start Time but please note that digital clocks at the Finish Line will display “unofficial” finish times–”official” finish times are unique to each individual runner’s chip, and therefore cannot be determined from looking at a digital clock.

Note: Corrals or groups of  Marathon runners are released in intervals to ensure safe emergency access to Vancouver’s major hospitals. In the case that emergency roads are accessed on Race Day, two sets of timing mats, one at 49th Avenue/Oak Street and the other on Granville Street, will enable our timing company to automatically adjust your finish time for accuracy. AIMS officials have ratified and sanctioned this event, including the use of mats as noted above.

Entertainment

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Enjoy a world-class experience while racing the Relay. Find music, cheering and spectators on-course to motivate, inspire, and entertain you! Learn more about the Entertainment and Community Challenge presented by Chevron that allow fans to win prizing, too!

Finisher Food

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Food is provided to every runner at the Finish Line. You’ll also receive on-course services.

Finish Line


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Leg A, B, and C runners will head to the Finish Line via shuttle to cheer on the last Leg D runner. Leg D runner will head through the Finish Line and meet their Relay Team at the Relay Reunion Area for refreshments, team photos, and celebrations!

Results and Live Feed

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Check your race results at the Results Tent near the Finish Line or on our website after the event. Your split will be tracked, so each runner will receive their race time for their specific leg: Leg A = 12KM, Leg B = 12KM, Leg C = 5KM and Leg D = 13KM. Your ‘baton’ will be a timing chip worn around your waist on a race belt that will be passed between team members in the designated exchange zones.

For your Finish Time, visit the Results Tent at the Street Festival or check online at bmovanmarathon.ca/results

You’ll also be able to share live tracking and a livefeed

Find historical results at bmovanmarathon.ca/results, and Event Records at bmovanmarathon.ca/records

Awards

All finishing relay members will receive a finisher’s medal.

First, second, and third place winners will also be recognized in the weeks after the race.

Check out 2017 Winners here.

Legacy Runners

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The Legacy Runners Club recognizes runners who have participated in and completed the Vancouver Marathon, Half Marathon or 8KM event multiple times since the inaugural dates in 1972, 1989, and 2008 respectively. Legacy runners receive all the same great perks as Platinum package runners with priority package pick up, Hospitality tent access at Start Line and Finish Line, plus their own special 15, 20 and 25 years Legacy Club Runners Bib. You can find more details and a list of the Legacy Runners here

Planning for the Weather

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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.

Road Closures


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. Runners who attempt to start after 8:40am will not be permitted.

If you or someone you know lives along the 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.

Note: Vancouver’s only marathon features a traffic control plan that allows runners of the BMO Vancouver Marathon to race uninterrupted at key junctures. Our vision is to be the world’s best running experience, celebrating all that is Vancouver.

Further information is available on our Road Closure page. TravelSmart to the BMO Vancouver Marathon.

Visually Impaired Policy

Visually impaired participants must use a guide and be comfortable with starting in the first corral with Elite Runners. Visually impaired participants must register as a visually impaired athlete. Guides are provided a complimentary entry and Bib for timing. The BMO Vancouver Marathon does not provide Guides. For more information, please contact [email protected] or call 604-872-2928.

Wheelchair Policy

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With consultation from BC Athletics, BC Wheelchair Sports, the Vancouver Parks Board and BCAS, wheelchair participation in the Marathon will not be permitted due to the safety risk along the Stanley Park Seawall. The Seawall was constructed decades ago with narrow passages and does not offer adequate emergency response options for a wheelchair marathon event. Hand-cycles are also prohibited.

Note: Details are subject to change