Media Accreditation

To apply for Media Accreditation, please complete the online form below. While only one submission per media outlet is required, each staff member requesting credentials should be listed with a work email address. Please also note Vancouver’s only Marathon event generates a high-level of media interest and credentials are limited. Thank you for understanding. Approved media will be contacted in advance of race weekend.


Qualifications

For the BMO Vancouver Marathon, event organizers RUNVAN® will provide media passes and accreditation to the following:

  • Working Press: Individuals who are in the business of newsgathering as their primary source of revenue. Members of the press are defined as those who are full-time, paid employees or representatives of known and established media organizations, including magazines, websites, radio and television stations.
  • Freelance: Journalists, photographers, videographers and bloggers on a specific assignment from a known and established media organization.

Media credentials are not intended for those who sell photographs, footage or images. Credentials will not be issued to those involved in commercial ventures, unless written consent and specific approval is obtained from RUNVAN®.

Tier 1 media credential grants access to the Start Line and Finish Line areas, to the Media Tent and Interview Zone near the Finish Line.

Accreditation is required race day.

General Policies

Accredited media must observe the following:

  • Only use images or footage taken at an event for editorial purposes, or for purposes outlined and documented in pre-race agreements
  • Obey all instructions distributed during credential check-in, plus adhere to race day requests by event organizers and security
  • No standing on-course while runners are competing
  • No climbing of fences, traffic or streetlight poles, trees, or other structures
  • No interference with the event itself

Accreditation is required race day.

Please also note backpacks will not be permitted. If your equipment is enclosed and not visible, a security check and baggage clearance tag will be required. Please indicate if you have a bag that requires security clearance during your accreditation application.

Media Check-in

Photo ID is required to pick-up Media Passes during the following times:

Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo
Friday, 10am-8pm
Saturday, 9am-6pm

Race Day
Start Line, Race Day Sunday, 6am-8am; Midlothian Ave & Dinmont Ave
Finish Line, Race Day Sunday, 6am-10am; Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, Media Room

Approved media will be contacted in advance of race weekend by event organizers RUNVAN®

Note: Parking for media is unavailable with the exception of marked television trucks. Email: media@runvan.org for special access and instructions. TV trucks are required to be on-site at the Start Line by 6am. For the Finish Line, the earlier you arrive the much easier it is to coordinate with road closures, spectators, etc.

Please pick-up your Media Accreditation during Expo hours in order to facilitate a smooth experience on race day.

Race Day Schedule

Media will be able to access the Media Tent with light refreshments near the Finish Line. You may conduct interviews and take photos at the Finish Line against the event’s photo backdrop. RUNVAN® staff will coordinate interview requests for you.

Once Elite Athletes finish their race, they will be ushered to the Elite Tent to cool down and have a refreshment. Afterwards, they will be made available for interviews and brought over to the Media Tent for you to interview, per request.

Photographers & Videographers

For everyone’s safety, photographers should never stand on-course while runners are competing:

  • At the Start Line, photo opportunities are available along the side of Midlothian Ave.
  • At the Finish Line, only approved photographers with a safety vest are allowed into the designated ‘Photo Area’ marked 30 feet from the Finish Line.

Schedule

  • 7:00am Half Marathon Start (Queen Elizabeth Park)
  • 8:00am Half Marathon Male Champion
  • 8:15am Half Marathon Female Champion
  • 8:30am Marathon & Relay Start (Queen Elizabeth Park)
  • 9:15am Half Marathon Awards
  • 9:30am 8KM Start (Stanley Park)
  • 9:55am 8KM Champions
  • 10:45am Marathon Male Champion
  • 11:05am Marathon Female Champion
  • 11:45am Marathon Awards
  • 3:30pm Finish Line (W Pender & Bute) & Street Festival (W Hastings) Closes
      *Finish times are anticipated.



For potential storylines, please visit bmovanmarathon.ca/spotlights and bmovanmarathon.ca/media

For additional media inquiries including requests for images, stats and quotes, please email: media@runvan.org or phone: 604 872 2928