Marathon Relay

BMO Vancouver Marathon

Run the Marathon as a team

The award-winning BMO Vancouver Marathon also features a Relay – a fun option to run one of the world’s top destination marathons as a team of two, three or four. Runners of all levels can participate in this team event and finish at the same exciting Downtown Finish Line. This world-class event annually sells out.


Date: May 5, 2019
Time: 8:30am* – must clear start line by 8:40am
Start Line: Queen Elizabeth Park – Midlothian Ave
Finish Line: W Pender St between Bute & Thurlow
Court Time Limit: 7hrs
Age: 16+ – anyone under the age of 18 must have parental consent

What’s included in your registration:

  • Race bib with built-in timing chip
  • Technical t-shirt
  • Commemorative finisher medal
  • Water stations and live entertainment
  • On-course services including toilets, electrolytes, gels and more
  • Exciting downtown Finish Line with music, food, and Street Festival
  • Free Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo
  • Run & fundraise for charity
  • Enter to win Team Prizes

Registering Your Team

The Team Captain is responsible for registering the entire team. The information for each Relay member requested at time of registration is below:

  • Name, Gender, Shirt size, Birthdate, Age and Email address
  • City, Province, Country
  • Estimated Finish Time for each leg

Team Captains may help collect information, will submit an overall Estimated Finish Time, and pay for the entire team. If you are the Team Captain and want to collect payment from teammates, please coordinate that exchange on your own behalf. If you want to change team members, please email Once registration is successful, an email will be sent to each Relay member and the subsequent e-waiver must be signed.

Relay Exchange Zones

Relay exchange zones are located as follows:

ZONE 1 – Imperial Dr & W 16th Ave
ZONE 2 – NW Marine Dr & W 4th Ave
ZONE 3 – Chestnut St & Cornwall Ave

On-course signage, marshals and mega-phones will help guide you through your exchange zone. There will be ‘Relay Exchange 100m ahead’ signage to warn you of the upcoming exchange zones, and signs signifying the Relay Exchange Zone itself. Please stay right to access the exchange zone, and Marathon runners will stay left. Pass your ‘baton’ bib in the designated Relay Exchange Zone.

The Exchange Zones will be busy with excitement! Please only enter the Relay Exchange Zone when your teammate is near. To help, volunteers will radio ahead and notify you when Relay runners are near through mega-phones. You should also be aware of your teammates expected arrival time. Once you make an exchange by passing the timing belt to your teammate, please exit to your right. The new Relay runner will then rejoin the Marathon course.

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Relay runners will have a gear check option at the Relay Shuttle Pickup location near Oakridge-41st Station, and will be able to pick up gear at the Relay Reunion area at the Street Festival. Note: Relay gear check locations are different than the full Marathon.

Shuttles will transport Leg B, C, and D runners to their designated Relay Exchange Zones at staggered departure times:

Leg A runners will walk to the Start Line in Queen Elizabeth Park for the 8:30am Marathon start
Leg B Shuttles departs at 8:00am to Relay Exchange Zone 1
Leg C Shuttles depart at 8:30am to Relay Exchange Zone 2
Leg D Shuttles depart at 9:00am to Relay Exchange Zone 3

Buses will depart on-time, and take approximately 30 minutes. If you miss your shuttle, it will be your responsibility to reach your designated Exchange Zone. If you make alternative plans to travel to your Relay Exchange Zone, please plan to arrive there at least 30 minutes before you expect your teammate. Shuttles, once they fill back up, will also transport you to the Relay area at the Street Festival if you complete Leg A, B or C.

Runners will receive their medals after finishing their leg in the Relay Exchange Zones. The anchor D runner will receive a Relay medal once crossing the downtown Finish Line.

Timing Belt

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Your ‘baton’ bib will be a timing chip worn on a belt around your waist that will be passed between team members in designated exchange zones. Timing mats are placed along the course at 5KM intervals. Use the RTRT App to track your teammates through their designated Legs and to the Finish Line!

If you are unable to complete your Relay leg due to injury or other reasons, please inform a race official who will radio ahead to the next Relay Exchange Zone. We will find your team member and notify them to continue racing, but without a timing belt. Medical staff and water stations are available throughout the course to ensure your safety. If your timing belt is lost or a member is unable to complete their leg, your team will not receive an official time, but your team can still complete the race.

BMO Vancouver Marathon