Elite Athlete Program

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Elite applications are now closed. For special consideration, please contact our Elite Athlete Coordinator via email: lynn@runvan.org



The Invited Athlete Program for the BMO Vancouver Marathon strives to foster Canadian runners while respecting the importance of the international running community in celebration of event records and high performance. As the largest Marathon in BC, the BMO Vancouver Marathon is also home of the BC Marathon Championships in conjunction with BC Athletics.


Performance Awards

Course Record

Should an elite break a Course Record in either the Marathon or Half Marathon, they will receive Course Record Bonuses of $2,000 and $1,000, respectively. Only the first runner to break the record bonus will receive the reward.
Male Champion Female Champion
Marathon 2:18:37 Luka Chelimo (KEN) 2015 2:37:00 Kim Doerksen (CAN) 2014
Half Marathon 1:02:36 Paul Kimugul (KEN) 2014 1:12:53 Jane Murage (KEN) 2015

Overall Performance Awards

Marathon Male Female Half Marathon Male Female
1st place $3,000 $3,000 1st place  $1,500 $1,500
2nd place $2,000 $,2000 2nd place $800 $800
3rd place $1,000 $1,000 3rd place $500 $500
4th place $500 $500 4th place $300 $300
5th place $200 $200 5th place $100 $100

Top Canadian Performance Awards

Marathon Male Female Half Marathon Male Female
1st place $1,000 $1,000 1st place $750 $750
2nd place $750 $750 2nd place $400 $400
3rd place $500 $500 3rd place $200 $200

Thus, if a Canadian wins the Marathon with a course record, they can earn $6,000 = $2,000 course record + $3,000 first-place + $1,000 for Top Canadian.

Additional BC Marathon Championship performance will be awarded by BC Athletics.

BC Athletics will additionally present Championship Medals and Performance Awards of $200, $100 and $50 to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall finishers, respectively, in each gender category.

Masters (40+) Performance Awards

Marathon Male Female Half Marathon  Male Female
1st place $500 $500 1st place  $300 $300
2nd place $300 $300 2nd place $200 $200
3rd place $200 $200 3rd place $100 $100

 

Wheelers (Only Half Marathon) Performance Awards

Half Marathon  Male Female
1st place  $300 $300
2nd place prize pack prize pack
3rd place prize pack prize pack

Invited Athlete Requirements

Automatic Acceptance if ranked Top 10 in BC for 2018

Canadian Male Female International Male Female
Marathon 2:40 3:00 Marathon 2:25 2:50
Half Marathon 1:10 1:20  Half Marathon 1:06 1:15

Masters (40+) Invited Athlete requirements:

Male Female
Marathon 2:45 3:10
Half Marathon 1:15 1:25
  1. Invited Athletes: Recieve Complimentary Entry, Elite Athlete Start Zone, Elite Hospitality, Elite Athlete Drink Support, Course Tours and Event Day Transportation. Course Tours based on demand. Limited acceptance based on the applications and up to the discretion of the Elite Athlete Coordinator.
  2. Travel Assistance: Travel Assistance for Top 5 Finishers Post-Event up to $400 in North America only.
  3. Accommodation: Limited to a maximum of 24 athletes based on applications and up to the discretion of the Elite Athlete Coordinator.

Application Requirements

Application Requirements

  • All athletes must have run on a certified course within the last two years
  • Applications will be processed as they are received.
  • Applications MUST be received by February 28.
  • All athletes must be current members of their provincial branch of Athletics Canada OR of their national federation.
  • To be eligible for the Top Canadian Athlete Awards, athletes must be Canadian citizens.
  • To be eligible for the Top BC Athlete Awards, athletes must be members of BC Athletics.
  • Travel assistance will be limited to within North America to a maximum of $400 for Top 5 Finishers in each event only.
  • Athletes must have their own identification to enter and exit the country.
  • Limited invitation letters will be provided at the Elite Athlete Coordinator discretion.

NOTE: Invited Athlete acceptance is limited and will be considered on a case by case basis. This is an application only and does not guarantee acceptance. Once we have received your application, the Elite Athlete Coordinator will contact you to discuss your acceptance. Thank you for understanding!

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