2017 Race Details
The BMO Vancouver Marathon starts at 8:30am on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at Queen Elizabeth Park. The Start Line is located inside Queen Elizabeth Park on Midlothian Avenue near Hillcrest Community Centre.
What is included with 2017 Registration
- Race bib with built-in timing chip
- Technical t-shirt
- Commemorative finisher’s medal
- On-course services including water, toilets, electrolyte, bananas, and gels and medical
- Water stations along the Marathon course
- 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
The BMO Vancouver Marathon is a Boston Qualifier. Click here to read more about qualifying times.
You will be able to look up your bib number prior to the day of the event by visiting the Participant Dashboard.
There will be no package pick-up on race day. Please pick-up your package within Expo Hours.
Expo/Package Pickup Location: TBD
Every runner is required to pick up their own Bib and runners package. Proxy pick up is not available.
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.
Express Check In for Platinum Runners
Platinum Runners have access to an express pickup line at the Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo. Look for the special entrance marked Platinum Runners. Please bring your bib number and photo ID.
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. From there, you will walk to the Start Line – this takes about 15 minutes and volunteers will be there to guide you to the Runners’ Compound.
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 cross Cambie Street from King Edward St while the Half Marathon is underway).
For more information on public transportation in Vancouver, please visit the TransLink website.
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 – at least ten extra minutes. Expect delays and lots of traffic, but try to embrace the anticipation and action as it’s all part of the journey!
Schedule subject to change:
- 07:00am-07:20am: Half Marathon participants leave.
- 07:30am-07:50am: Marathon Check Gear near Ontario Street and 33rd Ave
- 07:50am-08:00am: Time to find your corral!
- 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:
- 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.
- Washrooms are available at the Start Line.
- The Start Line is equipped with: toilets, Gear Check, 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.
The BMO Vancouver Marathon is a point-to-point course, and so we have organized a Gear Check, which is located near the Start Line and is later transported to the Finish Line for you.
Gear Check Location: UPS trucks located by Ontario St. and 33rd Avenue
- Collect your clear plastic bag from Gear Check near the Start Line
- Put your gear into the provided 21″ x 26″ clear plastic bag
- Detach the label from your race bib and zip it to the bag
- Bring your bag to the Gear Check counter
- Marathon Gear check closes at 8:15am
- After you finish, continue along Pender in the runners compound to the Gear Pick-up Area on West Pender Street near Burrard St.
- 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 5:00pm on race day
A corral is a blocked-off area at a race’s starting line, where race runners are grouped according to their Estimated Finish Time. The fastest runners are usually in the first corrals and the slowest runners are in the corrals at the back. 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 were asked to provide as part of your registration process. (An Estimated Finish Time calculator is available 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 prior to Race Day, you’ll see that the colour along the bottom edge of your bib which corresponds to the colour of your corral. Once assigned to a corral you may not switch to another.
Pace Bunnies may look cute in their pink rabbit ears, but it’s serious business trying to run even splits (each kilometre at the same pace) for a Marathon. Pace Bunnies help you maintain your pace, so you can race. Pace Bunnies are located in each corral at the start of the race and will run 10 minutes and walk 1 minute throughout the course.
The big downtown Finish Line features thousands of spectators, entertainment, and a Finish Line Street Festival.
Cross the Finish Line in style. After all of your hard work, you’ll be congratulated by dozens of volunteers, receive your medal, have a photo opportunity, and enjoy some free water and delicious food. Next, head over to Gear Pick-up, and make your way to the Street Festival on West Hastings Street to relax and celebrate with friends and family!
What you should know
- THE RUNNERS’ COMPOUND IS AVAILABLE TO RUNNERS, STAFF & MEDIA ONLY.
- KEEP MOVING FORWARD ONCE YOU CROSS THE FINISH LINE, YOU MAY MEET YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY AT THE STREET FESTIVAL ON HASTING ST.
- SPECTATORS CAN WATCH ON W PENDER ST (BEFORE THE FINISH LINE, BETWEEN GEORGIA AND BUTE)
- FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE TO WAIT FOR YOU AT STREET FESTIVAL ON HASTING ST.
- ONCE YOU PICK UP YOUR FINISHERS FOOD, YOU CAN EITHER PROCEED TO GEAR CHECK OR EXIT THE COMPOUND
- WE WILL NOT ALLOW RE-ENTRY TO THE COMPOUND ONCE YOU HAVE ENTERED THE STREET FESTIVAL
Sportstats West, our official timing company, is providing a live tracking feature which posts social media updates for Marathon and Half Marathoners! You can sign up to have your progress posted to your Facebook wall and/or Twitter feed, or have a friend sign up to follow you! The feature will track the runner’s chip to the timing mats on course and post updates with the runner’s location and time as they pass over the mats.
Timing mats will be located at the following points:
- Marathon: Start Line, 13km, 21.1km, Finish Line
- Half Marathon: Start Line, 5.5km, 10.5km, Finish Line
Check back soon to post updates to your Twitter or Facebook page!
Both male and female runners are automatically entered into the following competitive age groups: under 19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; 80-84; 85-89; 90-94; 95-99; 100 and above.
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. Please seed yourself in the appropriate corrals.
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.
There will be different music groups/bands/musicians on the Marathon course!
Represent your neighbourhood. We expect over 90,000 spectators at this year’s race, so grab your sign, and come to cheer! Fans can win prizes, too!
Meet John Stanton on the day before the Marathon for a fun run that will stretch your legs and relax you before your big race!
Meet your pace bunny and 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 Denman Running Room Store | Suite 103, 679 Denman Street | Vancouver, BC |ph: (604) 684-9771
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 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
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 about road closures is available on our Road Closure page.
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.
starting in the first corral with Elite Athletes. 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 and registration, please [email protected] call 604-872-2928.
Note: Details subject to change