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2022 = 50th Anniversary

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Race Month: May

In-person : Sunday, May 1, 2022

The BMO Vancouver Marathon is traditionally held on the first weekend in May and 2022 marks the event’s special 50th Anniversary! Limited spots are available for the live in-person race.

Virtual Race : April 1 – May 31

You may run your Virtual Races anytime between April 1 and May 31. Go for a Run Happy Combo or go for the Dynasty by running four race distances. You may use the shorter distances as training for the in-person event. You’ll earn a bonus Brooks Running singlet if you combo races and special medal if you go for the Dynasty.

B.C. VACCINE CARDS AND MASKING

PROOF OF VACCINATION AND MASKS REQUIRED

RUNVAN® is requiring proof of vaccination and masks for its upcoming races. Runners and volunteers will be required to produce the B.C. Vaccine Card showing proof of double vaccination**, and may be required to wear masks during select times. Virtual Race participants will not be required to show proof of vaccination.

**RUNVAN® will additionally accept alternative vaccine verifications as approved by the Province and Health Canada. Participants from other Canadian provinces or territories must show their provincially/territorially officially recognized vaccine record and valid government photo ID, while any international participants must show the proof of vaccination they used to enter Canada and their passport.

RUNVAN® continues this in-person event policy following the province’s announcement that individuals are be required to show proof of vaccination to access a broad range of social, recreational, and discretionary events in B.C, as of September 13, 2021, continued through at least January 31, 2022.

Provincial health orders state masks are mandatory again in public indoor spaces throughout the province, and where physical distancing may not be possible. As such, masks will now also be mandatory during RUNVAN®’s upcoming events during Package Pickup, in the Start Line and Finish Line areas and within all indoor venues. Masks may be removed when racing outside and should carried by the runner.

Other partners may also require proof of vaccination and masking at their indoor venues.

The event’s chief medical officer and Rockdoc, the official medical team for RUNVAN® events, have advised the non-profit organizers to adhere to these noted health and safety protocols. The double vaccination policy aligns with best practices being administered by other large events. Athletics Canada has similarly announced that everyone over the age of 12 who is participating in Athletics Canada events must be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

The B.C. government is implementing the new vaccine passport program and mask mandates to manage the latest surge in COVID-19 cases. “Getting vaccinated is the way forward through the pandemic,” added B.C. premier John Horgan, alongside provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, during a news conference announcing the overall B.C. Vaccine Card requirements.

The new B.C. Vaccine Card is currently available for download at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html

Runners will be requested to acknowledge this policy during registration, and they will be required to show their proof of vaccination alongside valid government photo ID at Package Pickup in order to collect their race bibs.

RUNVAN® volunteers will similarly have to show proof of double vaccinations and adhere to the mask mandates.

Anyone who is sick or showing symptoms of COVID-19 is requested to avoid event participation for the safety of others, and to contact the event organizers for deferral options. Please continue to be respectful of others.

To learn more about the vaccination program in B.C., please visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register or https://www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html

Safety is Priority

Limited spots are available for all events to help reduce potential congestion.

PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL AND FOLLOW ALL EVENT RESTRICTIONS

Safety continues to be the top priority for event organizers, and RUNVAN® has updated its traditional race offerings to support the return of in-person races. To support physical distancing, in-person races may feature additional corrals, additional start waves, and include an increase in overall spacing requirements within staged areas. Participants will also have access to sanitation stations at multiple locations near package pickup, the Start Line area, Finish Line area and within all indoor venues.

Water stations on-course may be limited to again reduce the potential spread of any diseases. Runners are encouraged to be self-sufficient where possible and to bring their own hydration as appropriate. Masks will now also be mandatory at Package Pickup, the Start Line area, Finish Line area, and indoor venues. For the purposes of the provincial order, a mask or face covering is defined as a medical or non-medical mask that covers the nose and mouth. Face shields and race wraps are not a substitute for a mask. Please bring your own mask.

Event organizers will continue to closely monitor all health guidelines and follow the appropriate regulations. Event details are always subject to change, as permits are subject to the approval from governing bodies. RUNVAN® has various event plans that will be adjusted according to the official guidelines of the Provincial Health Officer, City of Vancouver, and Vancouver Parks Board, to support the return of in-person racing. Participant safety is always a top priority.

Registration Includes:

  • Exclusive new tech tee for all registered runners
  • Medal options with unique designs
  • BMO gloves included
  • Results, leaderboard, and more

Combo and Dynasty champs, you may run your races in any order, on any day, throughout the months of April and May! Dynasty runners earn a bonus medal included with registration.

Add to your collection

Technical tee is included for all registered runners. You may also add medals and shipping in the race store.

BIB LOOKUP

All runners are traditionally assigned a bib number and corral according to their estimated finish time. 

IN-PERSON RACES

In-person events are back now that restrictions are lifted! Please note that traditional services like gear check, race day package pickup and entertainment will still be limited or removed. Additionally, RUNVAN® has made new changes to the Start Line Area and Finish Line Area in order to host you. The in-person race will include an official Start Line, Finish Line, timing and race results.

VIRTUAL RACE

You may run, walk or stroll your race distance at your own pace and at a time and location of your choice, following the guidelines of your local health authorities. You may choose your own race day and your own starting line, whether it’s a treadmill, a park, your neighbourhood streets or Seawall. For the Virtual Race, you’re asked to please find your own pedestrian friendly route.

Souvenirs

Souvenir shirts are printed on premium, semi-fitted, technical running shirts from Brooks Running. These commemorative items are only available for a limited time during registration.

PACKAGE PICKUP

Package Pickup is available the Friday and Saturday immediately before the race at the Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo. Package Pickup is not available on race day. Virtual runners may opt-in and pay for shipping.

  • Friday, April 29, 10am-7pm
  • Saturday, April 30, 10am-6pm

You will be required to present your bib number, picture ID and your B.C. Vaccine Card showing proof of double vaccination in order to collect your race bib. All runners must collect their own kits during the Package Pickup hours.

Shipping is not available for In-Person races as race bibs with timing chips will not be mailed. Note there is no race day Package Pickup.

Dates and location subject to change. Please respect the safety protocols administered by staff and volunteers if on-site. Thank you.

CHECKLIST

BMO Gloves
Tech tee
Pre-purchased Souvenirs

SHIPPING

Virtual Runners may opt-in to have race rewards mailed during race registration. In-person race bibs are not shipped as they contain a timing chip that may be damaged during shipping. Shipping costs reflect the cost of shipping directly to you based on third-party providers and are set for within Canada ($10), the USA ($15), Mexico ($35), EU ($40), South America ($45), Asia / Oceanic ($55), and all Other ($65);

International virtual runners may also opt-out of shipping altogether to just receive the digital benefits including virtual medals, race results, and Early Bird 2022 reg opportunities. Orders will ship closer to the race month of May. Thank you for your patience.

If you live in a remote location where the shipping costs are significantly more than what was purchased, you may be contacted by the RUNVAN® team and given the option to cover the additional shipping costs or opt-out of shipping altogether. Thank you for understanding.

CHECKLIST

BMO Gloves
Tech tee
Pre-purchased Souvenirs

Where is the Course?

In-Person: The Marathon and Half Marathon start near Queen Elizabeth Park and finish in Downtown Vancouver. Each race distance offers a uniquely scenic experience. The 8KM starts within Stanley Park on Lagoon Drive.

Virtual: Please choose your own route for this virtual event. It would be unsafe for us to provide a route that all could use at any specific time, as that may contribute to social distancing concerns. Additionally, by allowing registered runners to create their own routes, you may participate from wherever you are! Use caution if running outside, and be alert of pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

When is the Marathon?

In-Person : Sunday, May 1, 2022

  • Half Marathon : 7am start (Queen Elizabeth Park)
  • Marathon : 8:30am start (Queen Elizabeth Park)
  • 8KM : 9:30am start (Stanley Park)

Virtual Race : April 1 – May 31

  • Marathon, Half Marathon, 8KM, 5KM
  • Run Happy Combo and Dynasty options
  • You may then run the Virtual Race anytime between April 1 and May 31. Please exercise proper social distancing and follow the guidelines of your local health authorities.

There are no time limits to your Virtual Race. Please start your Virtual Race time once you start your race, and then stop it only once you complete the entire race distance. You may take breaks during your Virtual Race but your race time should run continuously until you complete your entire race distance. You should not break up your race distance into shorter segments ran on different dates. Thanks for understanding.

Choose to go for a Run Happy Combo or go for the Dynasty and use the shorter distances as training runs in April to build to your in-person race on May 1, 2022.

Virtual Race Info

A virtual race allows you to complete your race on your own, from anywhere. You may run, walk or stroll your race distance at your own pace and at a time and location of your choice, following the guidelines of your local health authorities. You may choose your own race day and your own starting line, whether it’s a treadmill, a park, your neighbourhood streets or Seawall.

How may I submit race results?

In-person finishers will receive an official chip time.

Virtual Race results may be submitted throughout the month of May.

  • From the Results page, click the ‘Submit a Virtual Result’ button.
  • Enter your last name and confirmation number, or sign into your Race Roster account.
  • Once your registration is confirmed, you will be able to enter your results and the results of anyone else that was included in your initial registration.
  • After your results are submitted, click on your name and you will be able to view your results details and download an official Finisher’s Certificate. Congratulations! Share your photos with us @bmovanmarathon @runvancanada #bmovm #runvan

Awards

As everyone will be on the honour system and submitting their own finish times, we will not be offering awards for the virtual event. Additionally, since you’ll be creating your own courses that will not be certified, you will not be eligible for Boston Marathon qualification.

All registered runners will still be eligible for the RUNVAN® Grand Slam and all registered Legacy Runners will move forward to the next legacy category. Runners who have ran 15 or more years at the BMO Vancouver Marathon join an exclusive Legacy Club. The Grand Slam is awarded to those who run all four RUNVAN® races in the same calendar year: The First Half, BMO Vancouver Marathon, Granville Island Turkey Trot and Great Trek.

Good luck, and have fun on your Virtual Race!

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