Special Traffic Advisory: Road Closures for BMO Vancouver Marathon, May 7

Vancouver, BC – April 28, 2017

City of Vancouver and Translink to continue road closures at key sections


Following last year’s success, local event organizers will continue a traffic control plan for the BMO Vancouver Marathon and Half Marathon that allows runners to race through Vancouver’s stunning neighbourhoods uninterrupted at key junctures.

With the support of the City of Vancouver and Translink, two intersections along West 49th Avenue at Granville and Oak Street will be closed to allow for runners to pass as they race in Vancouver’s only marathon event. Residential traffic and the Canada Line will be unaffected, however, buses will be impacted for a short 45-minute window on Sunday, May 7.

Cost of the closures will be paid for by the non-profit organizers, the Vancouver International Marathon Society.

“Our non-profit is working closely alongside the City of Vancouver and Translink to ensure Vancouver’s only marathon event goes off safely and smoothly,” says Graeme White, Executive Director of the Vancouver International Marathon Society. “Safety is everyone’s top priority and this plan allows us to adhere to international marathon race standards.”

“We appreciate the support from the community and all stakeholders involved in delivering this longstanding Vancouver tradition, and encourage all to come out and support – Run, Cheer, or Volunteer,” adds White. “This is a legacy event that welcomes the world with runners from more than 60 countries now annually coming to Vancouver to help celebrate healthy living.”

The Marathon, Half Marathon, 8KM and Relay all take place on Sunday, May 7, and residents are encouraged to plan ahead and consider alternative routes if traveling on race day. Race routes will impact the following areas:

Sunday, May 7: Riley Park, South Cambie, Oakridge, Fairview, Kerrisdale, Dunbar, UBC, Point Grey, Kitsilano, West End, Coal Harbour, Chinatown, Yaletown, Cambie, False Creek Downtown.

The event follows a rolling road closure/opening protocol, meaning that roads will close and later re-open as runners pass through the course. No roads are closed for the entire duration of the race. The Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay start at Queen Elizabeth Park, while the 8KM starts in Stanley Park – with all events merging to a shared downtown Finish Line.

BMO Vancouver Marathon race weekend is the only event of its kind in North America with multiple point-to-point courses all merging to an energized downtown Finish Line.

New this year, event organizers are working with BIAs in Chinatown, Yaletown, Coal Harbour / West End, and Kitsilano to provide spectator hubs that will enhance both the runner and spectator experience.


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Half Marathon / 7:00am – 11:00am
Marathon / 8:30am – 3:30pm
8KM / 9:30am – 11:00am

Join us at the 46th annual BMO Vancouver Marathon! Run, cheer or volunteer. More than 15,000 participants, from over 60 countries, will run this year’s celebratory event on Sunday, May 7, 2017. The Marathon, Half Marathon, 8KM and Relay courses showcase the City of Vancouver and all share an energized downtown Finish Line. Race routes will impact traffic in Vancouver’s Riley Park, Coal Harbour and Downtown on Saturday, May 6, and Riley Park, Cambie, Oakridge, Fairveiw, Kerrisdale, Dunbar, UBC, Point Grey, Kitsilano, False Creek, Chinatown, Yaletown, West End, Coal Harbour and Downtown neighbourhouds on Sunday, May 7, 2017.


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