TravelSmart to the BMO Vancouver Marathon

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TravelSmart

The Half Marathon, Marathon, Marathon Relay and 8KM races all have slightly different gear check and shuttle options. Click your race below for more details.

Half Marathon

  • Gear Check: Queen Elizabeth Park (Ontario & 33rd Ave)
  • Start Line: Queen Elizabeth Park (Midlothian Avenue, near Hillcrest Community Centre)
  • Finish Line: Downtown Finish Line (West Pender St between Bute Stand Thurlow St)

Traveling to the Start Line of the Half Marathon course is easiest with Canada Line. Take the Canada Line from Downtown Vancouver (southbound) or from Richmond (northbound) and get off at King Edward or Oakridge-41st stations. From either station, you will walk to the Start Line; this takes about 15 minutes and volunteers will be there to guide you to the Runners’ Compound. For more information on public transportation in Vancouver, please visit the translink.ca/.

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 (about 5 minutes). Expect delays and lots of traffic, but try to embrace the anticipation and action–it’s all part of the journey!

Shuttles. Bus shuttles from 5 lower mainland locations to the Marathon Start Line are potentially available. To learn more, click here.

Marathon

  • Gear Check: Queen Elizabeth Park (Ontario & 33rd Ave)
  • Start Line: Queen Elizabeth Park (Midlothian Avenue, near Hillcrest Community Centre)
  • Finish Line: Downtown Finish Line (West Pender St between Bute and Thurlow)

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. 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. From King Edward Station, it will be difficult to cross Cambie Street while the Half Marathon is underway. For more information on public transportation in Vancouver, please visit the translink.ca.

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 (about 5 minutes). Expect delays and lots of traffic, but try to embrace the anticipation and action – it’s all part of the journey!

Shuttles. Complimentary bus shuttles from 5 lower mainland locations to the Marathon Start Line are potentially available. To learn more, click here.

Marathon Relay

  • Gear Check: Oakridge-41st Station (Cambie and W 41st Ave)
  • Start Line: Queen Elizabeth Park (Midlothian Avenue, near Hillcrest Community Centre)
  • Finish Line: Downtown Finish Line (West Pender St between Bute and Thurlow)

On race morning, Marathon 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. Marathon Relay runners will start at the same time as the Marathon runners, at 8:30am on Sunday, May 1, 2016.

All Marathon Relay runners will have a gear check option at this Relay Shuttle Start location at 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.

8KM

  • Gear Check: Downtown Street Festival (Burrard and West Pender)
  • Start Line: Stanley Park Park (Ceperley Playground on Lagoon Drive)
  • Finish Line: Downtown Finish Line (West Pender St between Bute and Thurlow)

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. If you would like to utilize the complimentary gear check and shuttle services, please do so from Finish Line Street Festival near Burrard Street and West Cordova.

Please note the Start Line is located near Ceperley Playground on Lagoon Drive between the Fish House Restaurant and Pitch & Putt. A large blue archway is erected to signify the Start Line. This is a different Start Line than the Half Marathon, Marathon and Marathon Relay.


TransLink services

Organizers of the event, the non-profit Vancouver International Marathon Society may have TransLink increase Canada Line service to help runners, volunteers and spectators arrive on-time to their Start Line on race day. Several bus routes in the race area will also be altered to accommodate the race routes.

  • Canada Line Skytrain service begins at its usual 4:48am time from Waterfront Station and 5:02am from Richmond Brighouse. Peak service level will be in effect until 8:15am.
  • Several bus routes will be modified at certain times during the day to accommodate the marathon. The following routes are affected: 2, 9, 15, 17, 19, 22, 25, 33, 41, 49, 99, 160, 210, 211, 240, 246, C18, C19, C20, C21, and C23.
  • SkyTrain and SeaBus will operate regular Sunday service; there is no Sunday service on the West Coast Express.

For more information, visit translink.ca


Shuttles

Marathon and Half Marathon runners may have the option to catch a shuttle to the Start Line. Shuttles may go direct from TransLink Bus Bays in North Vancouver, Coquitlam, Burnaby and Surrey, to the Start Line. Learn more and sign-up at bmovanmarathon.ca/shuttles

8KM runners have a complimentary shuttle service from downtown Vancouver. 8KM runners can utilize gear check and free shuttles from the Finish Line Street Festival near Burrard Street and West Pender. 8KM shuttles depart every 10 minutes from 7:30am-8:30am.

Marathon Relay runners have shuttles, too. The Marathon Relay gear check and shuttle location is near Oakridge-41st Station (at 41st Ave and Cambie St). Leg A runners will walk to the Start Line, while shuttles will transport Leg B, C and D runners to their designated Relay Exchange Zones with staggered departure times. Expand the ‘Marathon Relay’ link above or visit the relay’s event info page for full details.


Bike Valet

A bike valet is located near the Finish Line Street Festival at West Hastings and Bute St. For a map of the finish area, click here. Thinking of riding your bike? The friendly folks at The Bicycle Valet will be waiting to securely park your ride for FREE while you enjoy the event! Open 7am-4pm.


Public Access on Race Day

  • AIRPORT (7:30am-9:30am) use Main St to Marine Drive to access and egress from the Airport
  • TRANSIT RIDERS (7:30am-10:00am) expect intermittent traffic delays on Oak St, Cambie St & Granville St
  • COAL HARBOUR (6:00am-5:00pm) use West Cordova St from Burrard St
  • CANADA PLACE / PORT METRO VANCOUVER all regular access is maintained to Canada Place & the Port Metro Vancouver
  • RILE PARK-HILLCREST COMMUNTY CENTRE (5:00pm April 30 – 11:59am May 1) local access only via Main St & 30th Ave

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Road Closures

For detailed road closure information, click here.

Race Day Event Schedule

  • Half Marathon / 7:00am Start Time – 11:00am Course Closes
  • Marathon / 8:30am Start Time – 3:30pm Course Closes
  • Marathon Relay / 8:30am Start Time – 3:30pm Course Closes
  • 8KM / 9:30am Start Time – 11:00am Course Closes

Download the Resident Notice & complete list of Road Closures


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