TravelSmart to the BMO Vancouver Marathon

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 & Thurlow)

TransLink. 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 Station, then walk to the Start Line. The walk takes about 15 minutes and volunteers will be there to guide you to the Runner Compound. For more information on public transportation in Vancouver, please visit translink.ca.

Car Drop-offs. If you’d like 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 as it’s all part of the journey!

Shuttles. Bus shuttles from 5 lower mainland locations to the Half Marathon Start Line are also available. Learn more at bmovanmarathon.ca/shuttle.

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 & Thurlow)

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.

Car Drop-offs. If you’d like 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 as it’s all part of the journey!

Shuttles. Bus shuttles from 5 lower mainland locations to the Marathon Start Line are also available. Learn more at bmovanmarathon.ca/shuttle.

Marathon Relay

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

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 Reunion area at the Street Festival if you complete Leg A, B or C.

8KM

  • 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.


Road Closures & Detour Maps

For detailed road closure information and detour maps, click here.


TransLink services

Organizers of the event, the non-profit Vancouver International Marathon Society 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.

  • Bus routes will be modified at certain times during the day to accommodate the marathon. The following routes are affected: 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 15, 17, 19, 22, 25, 33, 41, 49, 99, 160, 210, 211, 240, 246, C18, C20, and 23.
  • Canada Line Skytrain will operate on its regular Sunday schedule, offering increased train frequency until 8:15 a.m. First trains depart Waterfront Station at 4:48 a.m. and Richmond Brighouse at 5:02 a.m. Race participants and spectators are encouraged to use the Canada Line via Oakridge/41st Station to make it to the start line in Queen Elizabeth Park on Midlothian Avenue near Hillcrest Community Centre.
  • Expo and Millennium lines, as well as SeaBus will operate regular Sunday service.
  • West Coast Express does not operate on the weekends.

For more information, visit translink.ca


Shuttles

Marathon and Half Marathon runners have the option to catch a shuttle to the Start Line. Shuttles 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 Relay gear check and shuttle stop is near Oakridge-41st Station. Leg A runners walk to the Start Line, while shuttles transport Leg B, C and D runners to their Relay Exchange Zones with staggered departure times. Expand the ‘Marathon Relay’ link above for details.


Bike Valet

A bike valet is located near the Finish Line Street Festival at Burrard and Pender Street. 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 6am-5pm.


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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Race Day Event Schedule

  • Half Marathon / 7am Start Time – 11am 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 – 11am Course Closes

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