Elite Athlete Program


Thanks to all of our Elite Athletes, including Dayna Pidhoresky, Kim Doerksen, Catherine Watkins, Ellie Greenwood, Chris Balastrini and Yuki Kawauchi, who’ve also blogged about their COVID-19 experiences here on the site at bmovanmarathon.ca/stayingactive

Elite Athlete / RUNVAN®
Top-left: Catherine and husband Trevor Watkins plank. Bottom left-to-right: Ellie’s trial, Chris’s new routine, Yuki’s hill, Dayna’s cycling and cooking.

Please note we are waiting until the bans related to the COVID-19 outbreak have been removed by health authorities before launching next year’s race registration. 2021 will mark the event’s 50th edition, and we hope you’ll come back then to join us in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Learn about the 2020 Virtual Race. Next race: Sunday, May 2, 2021

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.

Invited Athlete Requirements

Automatic Acceptance if ranked Top 10 in BC in the past year

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

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 15
  • 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 discretion of the Elite Athlete Coordinator

NOTE: Due to the high-volume of requests, only accepted athletes may be contacted. Thank you for understanding.