Elite Athlete Program

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ELITE APPLICATION NOW OPEN

Hello and thanks for your interest in the Elite Program for the BMO Vancouver Marathon. 2019 was an incredibly successful year with our two new Japanese champions: Boston Marathon champion Yuki Kawauchi, and his new wife Yuko Mizuguchi. Canada’s own Dayna Pidhoresky and Haron Kiptoo Sirma took the Half Marathon titles. We hope you’ll join us next in May of 2020 for a truly exceptional racing experience in our beautiful city. Please apply through the links below, and all the best with your upcoming races!



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.


Performance Awards

Course Records

Male Overall Male Canadian Female Overall Female Canadian
Marathon 2:15:01 (Kawauchi) 2:25:10 (Watson) 2:37:00 (Doerksen) 2:37:00 (Doerksen)
Half Marathon 1:02:36 (Kimugul) 1:04:48 (Watson) 1:12:53 (Murage) 1:12:58 (Wodak)
$2,000 and $1,000 will respectively be awarded to Elites who break the Marathon or Half Marathon Course Records. Canadian Course Record Bonuses of $1,000 and $500 in the Marathon and Half Marathon respectively are also up for grabs! Only the first runner to break the record will win the reward.

Overall Performance Awards

Marathon Male Female Half Marathon Male Female
1st $3,000 $3,000 1st  $1,500 $1,500
2nd $2,000 $,2000 2nd $800 $800
3rd $1,000 $1,000 3rd $500 $500
4th $500 $500 4th $300 $300
5th $200 $200 5th $100 $100
Thus, an International Elite who wins the Marathon with a course record earns $5,000 = $3,000 for 1st + $2,000 course record, or $2,500 if the Half Marathon is won in a course record. A select group of Elite athletes will also receive travel accommodation based on the discretion of the Elite Athlete Coordinator.

Top Canadian Performance Awards

Marathon Male Female Half Marathon Male Female
1st Canadian $1,000 $1,000 1st Canadian $750 $750
2nd Canadian $750 $750 2nd Canadian $400 $400
3rd Canadian $500 $500 3rd Canadian $200 $200
Thus, a Canadian who wins the Marathon with a course record earns $7,000 = $3,000 for 1st + $1,000 for Top Canadian + $1,000 Canadian course record + $2,000 Overall course record. In the Half Marathon, a Canadian who wins with a course record pulls in $3,750 = $1,500 for 1st + $750 for Top Canadian + $500 Canadian course record + $1,000 Overall course record

Masters (40+) Performance Awards

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

Wheelers (Half Marathon) Performance Awards

Half Marathon  Male Female
1st $300 $300
2nd prize pack prize pack
3rd 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 1:10 1:20  Half 1:06 1:15

Masters (40+)

Male Female
Marathon 2:45 3:10
Half 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: Potential for select Elites who draw significant media attention. As the event is organized by a non-profit, please note funds are limited.
  3. Accommodation: Limited comped room nights 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
  • Travel assistance may be available for Elites who bring significant media attention
  • 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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