Races within the Race

Races within the Race to Debut at the 2015 BMO Vancouver Marathon

Exciting enhancements challenge individual runners and teams in all events

Vancouver, BC – November 21, 2014 – Runners taking part in the 2015 BMO Vancouver Marathon will have the opportunity to compete in races within their race categories. New race features include the Camosun Hill Challenge, Team Challenge, School Challenge, Media Challenge, and Marathon Relay event.

“We are delighted to introduce these new races within the race for the 2015 event,” says Charlene Krepiakevich, executive director of the Vancouver International Marathon Society. “These unique challenges add a fun and competitive element for runners and will create excitement and motivation.”

The Camosun Hill Challenge is a fun race within the Marathon and Marathon Relay event, inviting all participants in the Camosun Hill portion of the course to compete for the fastest time. This competitive component takes one of the most intensive elements of the Marathon course and turns it into a positive challenge for runners.

With timing mats placed at the top and bottom of Camosun Hill in Dunbar, all runners’ times will be tracked. The total climb is about 1,230 meters with a net elevation gain of 54 meters. Prizes will go to the fastest male and female Marathon runners, excluding elite runners.

The Team Challenge invites runners to join a group when they register with the opportunity to share their training and 2015 BMO Vancouver Marathon running experience with others. Whether teams consist of family, friends, coworkers, or running club members, awards will go to the fastest Marathon team as well as the largest team from any race. Times will be based on the chip time of the five fastest team members.

To run as a team, simply have one person take the lead as ‘Team Captain’ and register a team name and password. All other members can then select that team name during their registration process with the chosen password. Have fun by training and running as a team in 2015!

The School challenge is an event within the 8KM race for youth ages 12-18. Teens are able to register for only $25 and form teams from their schools. Similar to the other races within the race, there will be a cash prize for the largest team; this prize will go toward the school’s sports program.

The Media Challenge invites runners at media outlets to challenge colleagues and other networks for bragging rights in the Marathon Relay. Media Challenge entries are open to journalists, photographers, videographers, producers, editors and bloggers participating in the Marathon Relay.

The new Marathon Relay welcomes corporate groups, charity fundraisers, friends, families and others to experience the stunning BMO Vancouver Marathon course. Split times will be provided for each leg of the course, providing yet another race within the race.

Registration for all 2015 events is now available online at bmovanmarathon.ca with the lowest pricing available until November 30th, 2014.