You can win when you cheer on runners at the BMO Vancouver Marathon, May 7!

Spectators can compete for prizing with the Community Cheer Challenge presented by Chevron

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If you’re not one of the thousands running in the BMO Vancouver Marathon, Half Marathon, 8KM or Relay this weekend, you can still join the fun! Visit the free Health & Sports Expo Thursday-Saturday for tons of giveaways, and be sure to come out to cheer on Sunday, May 7.

Show your support with the fun Community Cheer Challenge presented by Chevron and you’ll be eligible for the $7,000 in cash prizes up for grabs! Highlights also include the welcoming of the 100,000th Marathon finisher who will win free flights to Paris, a marriage on-course, and a special celebration for the final finisher.

A prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the neighbourhood with the largest number of spectators who show spirit, and creatively showcase what makes their community special. Two $500 prizes will also be awarded in each of the following categories:

  • Best Group/Team Costume
  • Best Cheer/Singing Routine
  • Best Dance Routine
  • Best University Student Club or Faculty Cheer
  • Best High School or Middle School Group Cheer
  • Best Creativity/Decorated Station/House/Business

To be eligible to win, groups must creatively represent their community, provide a safe environment for spectators, runners, volunteers and officials, create a fun and memorable experience for runners, then demonstrate spirit and enthusiasm at the event.

Winners will be chosen by event organizers, the local non-profit Vancouver International Marathon Society. To compete to win, please submit photos using hashtag #RunVanFan on social media @bmovanmarathon or email: [email protected]

Looking for a place to cheer? New this year, Community Cheer Stations will be held in Chinatown, Yaletown, Coal Harbour/West End, and Kitsilano. Join in and cheer loud!

Chinatown Cheer Station at East Pender & Carrall, 7am-8:30am (Map)
Come out to the Chinatown Cheer Station, hosted by Eric Hamber Eternal Dragon, from 7:00am to 8:30am as Half Marathoners race through one of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods.

Yaletown Cheer Station on Mainland Street, 7am-8:30am (Map)
Join the Yaletown BIA at the Yaletown Cheer Station on Mainland Street between Davie & Helmcken between 7:00am to 8:30am to witness the fast BC Half Marathon Championships race. #YaletownLovesRunners

Coal Harbour/West End Cheer Station in Devonian Harbour Park, 8am-2pm (Map)
Join the Coal Harbour Resident Association, West End Community Policing Centre, and West End Resident Association in cheering on all runners as they to the finish! Located just south of the Rowing Club, this station will also feature music by Taboo Queen and Iconic Tributes.

Kitsilano Cheer Station at Cornwall & Arbutus, 9:30am-1pm (Map)
Join the Kitsilano Community Centre Association and Starbucks at the Kits Beach Parking Lot to watch Vancouver’s only Marathon event, featuring musical entertainment from cover band Freedom 95. Watch for Olympians on-course and runners from over 60 countries!

Other hot spots to watch the race include from the Start Line of the Half Marathon and Marathon at Queen Elizabeth Park, from the scenic setting of English Bay, and of course, from Downtown Vancouver as runners race up West Pender to the Finish Line at Pender and Bute.

For more information on the Community Cheer Challenge presented by Chevron, please visit bmovanmarathon.ca/community-challenge

Join in!