Marathon Relay Event Info

2017 Race Details

The BMO Vancouver Marathon Relay is on Sunday, May 6, 2018. Teams of 2, 3 or 4 are encouraged to enter.

Date: Sunday, May 6, 2018
Time: 8:30am* (Must clear Start Line by 8:40am)
Start Line: Midlothian Avenue in Queen Elizabeth Park
Gear Check and Shuttle Start: Marathon Relay gear check and Shuttle Start pick-up location is near Oakridge-41st (separate from the Marathon)
Finish Line: West Pender St. (between Bute St. & Thurlow St.)
Max Participants: 250 Teams
Age: 18+

What is included with registration?

  • Race bib with built-in timing chip, and split times
  • Technical t-shirt
  • Commemorative finisher’s medal
  • On-course services including water, toilets, electrolyte, and gels and medical
  • Live entertainment along the marathon course!
  • Exciting downtown Finish Line, with music, food,a Finish Line Street Festival, and more!
  • FREE Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo

How do I register my team?

Team Captain is responsible to register and pay for the entire team at registration. Below information for each relay member is needed at time of registration.

  • Name
  • Birthdate + age
  • Email address
  • Estimated Finish time for each leg
  • City, Province, Country
  • Shirt Size
  • Gender

Once registration is successful, an email will be sent to each Relay teammate. Each member must sign this subsequent e-waiver in order to complete the transaction. The Team Captain will be responsible for submitting an overall estimated finish time and paying for the entire Marathon Relay team together at check-out. If you are the Team Captain and want to collect payment from your teammates, please coordinate that exchange on your own behalf. If you want to change team members, please email info@runvan.org

How much space is available?

The Marathon Relay has a limit of 250 teams only.

How does it work?

Gear Check and Shuttles from Oakridge-41st Station

On race morning, Relay team members will gather at the Relay Shuttle Start pick-up and gear check location, near the Canada Line at Oakridge-41st Station. (Note: This gear check is in a different location than the regular Marathon). Leg A runners will walk to the Start Line in Queen Elizabeth Park while shuttles will transport Leg B, C and D runners to their designated Relay Exchange Zones along the Marathon course. Relay runners will start at the same time as the Marathon runners.

All 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’ tent located at the Street Festival.

Staggered Shuttle Departure Times

Shuttles will transport Leg B, C and D runners from Oakridge-41st Station to their designated Relay Exchange Zones along the Marathon course with the following staggered departure times:

  • Leg A runners will walk to the Start Line in Queen Elizabeth Park for the 8:30am start
  • Leg B Shuttles departs at 8:00am to Relay Exchange Zone 1
  • Leg C Shuttles depart at 8:30am to Relay Exchange Zone 2
  • Leg D Shuttles depart at 9:00am to Relay Exchange Zone 3

Buses will depart on-time, and take approximately 30 minutes. If you miss the shuttle departure time, 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 your teammates expected arrival time. Runners may stay on buses in Exchange Zone while waiting for their relay team member.

Relay Exchange Zones

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

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

The Relay Exchange Zones will be busy with lots of excitement! Please only enter the Relay Exchange Zone when your teammate is near. To help, volunteers will radio ahead up-coming Relay runners and notify you when your teammate is 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 rejoin the Marathon course once leaving the Relay Exchange Zone.

Relay Reunion area at the Street Festival

After finishing their portion of the Marathon course, Leg A, B and C runners will have access to water and portable toilets near their Relay Exchange Zone. These runners will be transported back to the Relay Reunion area once the return shuttle buses are full to collect their Marathon Relay medals, meet their ‘anchor’ runner, and grab a team photo! The Relay Reunion area will be part of the Street Festival and located near Burrard and W Hastings Street.

Note: There are no shuttles between Exchange Zones, meaning after finishing a leg, you will be shuttled straight to the Relay Reunion at the Street Festival. The final Leg D runner is asked to skip the Marathon medal presentation at the Finish Line, and collect their special Relay medal at the Relay Reunion area with their teammates. Follow signage to exit onto W Hastings Street and join your team in the Relay Reunion area. Feel free to grab some water and snacks on your way out to the Street Festival and rest assured, there will be more goodies waiting for you at the Relay Reunion area!

Bib Lookup

You will be able to look up your bib number prior to the day of the event by visiting the Participant Dashboard.

Package Pickup

There will be no package pick-up on race day. Please pick-up your package within Expo Hours.
Expo Package Pickup Location and Hours: TBD Vancouver Convention Centre West

How to…

You will need your bib number and your picture ID in order to pickup your package. Make sure to get everything you came for! Your race package includes Bib, Race Chip, short-sleeved Tech Shirt, and race goodies.

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.

Start Line

Click here to see Start Line map!

Schedule subject to change:

  • 07:00am-07:20am: Half Marathon participants leave.
  • 07:30am-07:50am: Relay Shuttle Start pick-up & gear check location will be near Oakridge-41st
  • 07:50am-08:00am: Time to find your corral, or be shuttled to your Relay Exchange Zone!
  • 08:00am: High-fives and stretches!
  • 08:15am: Music and leg warm-up
  • 08.30am: Race begins! First corral of runners leave; subsequent corrals to follow.
  • 03:30pm: Marathon course closes

Things to remember:

  1. Please arrive at least one hour before your race starts if you want to check your gear.
  2. We encourage all participants to arrive at least 45 minutes early.
  3. Washrooms are available at the Start Line.
  4. 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.

Transportation

Public transportation is key to the success of the event.

Traveling to the Start Line is easiest with Canada Line. Take the Canada Line from downtown Vancouver (southbound) or from Richmond (northbound) and get off at Oakridge-41st station. This is where the Relay Shuttle Start location will be and where Leg 2, Leg 3 and Leg 4 runners will meet for gear check and shuttle access. From here at Oakridge-41st, Leg 1 runners can also walk to the Start Line (this takes about 15 minutes and volunteers will be there to guide you).

Note: As Marathon runners are getting to the Start Line, Half Marathon runners will be traveling down Cambie Street. Marathon runners are therefore advised to get off the Canada Line at Oakridge-41st Station instead of King Edward Station as it will be difficult to Kind Edward St while the Half Marathon is underway.

For more information on public transportation in Vancouver, please visit the TransLink website.

Car Drop-offs

If you need to be dropped off near the Start Line, we recommend Main Street, near East 30th Avenue. Please make sure to give yourself lots of time to walk to the Start Line. Expect delays and lots of traffic, but try to embrace the anticipation and action, it’s all part of the journey!

Gear Check

Near Oakridge-41st station is where the Relay Shuttle start will be and where all runners will meet for gear check and shuttle access. From here at Oakridge-41st, Leg A runners can walk to the Start Line (this takes about 15 minutes and volunteers will be there to guide you to the Runners’ Compound). Leg B, Leg C and Leg D runners will be shuttled to their appropriate Relay Exchange Zones. You will be shuttled and able to pick up your gear at the Finish Line Relay Reunion Area and cheer on your ‘anchor’ Leg D runner.

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 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 (Marathon runners will stay left). Exchanges take place in designated Relay Exchange Zones where there will be tons of excitement!

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.

Finish Line

To see the Finish Line Street Festival, click here.

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 medals, refreshments and gear pick up.

Results

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.

Planning for the Weather

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 and waterproof gear at Gear Check to be used later, 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 bring warm post-race gear, which may include blankets.

Finisher's Food

Relay Runners will have food and water available at the Relay Reunion Area at the Street Festival.

Entertainment

More music, more cheering, and more spectators! We add on-course entertainment to motivate, inspire, and entertain our runners. Watch for local musical groups, community cheer groups, dance groups, and thousands and thousands of spectators along the course.

Music

There will be different music groups/bands/musicians on the Marathon course!

Cheer

Represent your neighbourhood. We expect over 90,000 spectators at this year’s race, so grab your sign, and come out to cheer.

Legacy Runners

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

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 8-minute per kilometre pace (approximately) 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 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.

More information about road closures is available on our Frequently Asked Questions page and on our Road Closure page.

Clocks and Kilometre/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 hospital (Children’s and Women’s Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital). 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.

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 info@runvan.org or call 604-872-2928.

Wheelchair Policy

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