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How to get to the BMO Vancouver Marathon

The BMO Vancouver Marathon, Half Marathon, 8KM and Relay all have slightly different gear check and shuttle options. To keep the event green and allow you to travel conveniently, non-profit event organizers RUNVAN® purchase transit passes and shuttles from Translink as a value-add for Marathon and Half Marathon runners, while 8KM and Relay have separate shuttle service.

Marathon

Marathon

Start Time

8:30am

Start Line

Queen Elizabeth Park (Midlothian Ave & Clancy Loranger Way)

Gear Check

Queen Elizabeth Park (Ontario & 33rd Ave)

Finish Line

W Pender St (between Bute & Thurlow)

How to Get There

Transit

Traveling to the Start Line of the Marathon is easiest with the Canada Line. Take the Canada Line from Downtown Vancouver southbound or from Richmond northbound and get off at Oakridge-41st station or King Edward Station, then walk to the Start Line. The walk takes about 15 minutes and volunteers will guide you. Note: the Half Marathon closes Cambie St Northbound roads from 6:45am – 8:15am and may make it difficult for you to cross if you exit at King Edward Station. For more information on public transportation, please visit translink.ca.

Car Drop-offs

If you’re being dropped off near the Start Line, we recommend Main St near E 30th Avenue. Please give yourself lots of time to walk to the Start Line. Expect delays and lots of traffic, but try to embrace the anticipation and action as it’s all part of the journey!

Shuttles

Bus shuttles from 5 Lower Mainland locations to the Marathon Start Line are also available. Learn more

Bike Valet

A free and secure bike valet is available at the Finish Line. Runners thinking of cycling to the event can park their bike for free with The Bicycle Valet before taking the Canada Line southbound to Oakridge-41st Station. Your bike will then be available to you when you finish the race and to enjoy the Street Festival! Open 6am-5pm.

Half Marathon

Half Marathon

Start Time

7am

Start Line

Queen Elizabeth Park (Midlothian Ave & Clancy Loranger Way)

Gear Check

Queen Elizabeth Park (Ontario & 33rd Ave)

Finish Line

W Pender St (between Bute & Thurlow)

How to Get There

Transit

Traveling to the Start Line of the Half Marathon course is easiest with Canada Line. Take the Canada Line from Downtown Vancouver southbound or from Richmond northbound and get off at King Edward Station, then walk to the Start Line. The walk takes about 15 minutes and volunteers will be there to guide you to the Runner Compound. For more information on public transportation in Vancouver, please visit translink.ca

Car Drop-offs

If you’re being dropped off near the Start Line, we recommend Main St near E 30th Avenue. Please give yourself lots of time to walk to the Start Line. Expect delays and lots of traffic, but try to embrace the anticipation and action as it’s all part of the journey!

Shuttles

Bus shuttles from 5 Lower Mainland locations to the Half Marathon Start Line are also available. Learn more

Bike Valet

A free and secure bike valet is available at the Finish Line. Runners thinking of cycling to the event can park their bike for free with The Bicycle Valet before taking the Canada Line southbound to King Edward Station. Your bike will then be available to you when you finish the race and to enjoy the Street Festival! Open 6am-5pm.

8KM

8KM

Start Time

9:30am

Start Line

Stanley Park (Lagoon Dr & Stanley Park Dr; near Ceperley Park)

Gear Check

Street Festival (W Hastings & Burrard St)

Finish Line

W Pender St (between Bute & Thurlow)

How to Get There

Shuttles

Free shuttles are provided to all 8KM runners from the Downtown Street Festival, near Burrard and W Pender St every 10 minutes from 7:30am-8:30am. There is no gear check at the 8KM Start. Shuttles will drop you off at Denman and Barclay St, and volunteers will guide you down Barclay St and Lagoon Dr to the Start Line.

Transit

Shuttles provided by event organizers are the easiest way to get to the 8KM Start Line. The shuttle pick-up spot is easily accessible by the Canada Line or Skytrain from Waterfront or Burrard Stations.

Bike Valet

A free and secure bike valet is available at the Street Festival. Runners thinking of cycling to the event can park their bike for free with The Bicycle Valet before taking the free shuttle to the Start Line. Your bike will then be available to you when you finish the race and to enjoy the Street Festival! Open 6am-5pm.

The 8KM Start Line is located near the intersection of Lagoon Dr and Stanley Park Dr, near Ceperley Playground, inside Stanley Park. Note: the 8KM Start Line is different from the Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay.

Relay

Relay

Start Time

8:30am

Start Line

Queen Elizabeth Park (Midlothian Ave & Clancy Loranger Way)

Gear Check + Shuttles

Oakridge-41st Station (Cambie and W 41st Ave)

Finish Line

W Pender St (between Bute & Thurlow)

How to Get There

Shuttles

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

  • Leg A runners will walk to the Start Line inside Queen Elizabeth Park for the 8:30am Marathon start
  • Leg B Shuttles depart at 8am to Relay Exchange Zone 1 (Imperial Drive and W 16th)
  • Leg C Shuttles depart at 8:30am to Relay Exchange Zone 2 (NW Marine and W 4th)
  • Leg D Shuttles depart at 9:00am to Relay Exchange Zone 3 (Chestnut and Cornwall)

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 Reunion area at the Street Festival if you complete Leg A, B or C.

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

Public transit

Translink

Organizers of the event, the non-profit Vancouver International Marathon Society have partnered with TransLink to help runners, volunteers and spectators arrive on-time to their Start Line on race day. Several bus routes in the race area will be altered to accommodate the race routes. For more information, visit translink.ca

Bus routes

Several bus routes will be modified at certain times during the day to accommodate the Marathon. The following routes are affected: 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 15, 17, 19, 22, 25, 33, 41, 49, 99, 160, 210, 211, 240, 246, C18, C20, and 23.

Canada Line

The Canada Line will operate on its regular Sunday schedule. First trains depart Waterfront Station at 4:48 a.m. and Richmond Brighouse at 5:02 a.m. Race participants and spectators are encouraged to use the Canada Line via Oakridge-41st Station to make it to the Start Line in Queen Elizabeth Park on Midlothian Ave near Hillcrest Community Centre.

Expo + Millennium Lines

Expo and Millennium lines, as well as the Seabus will operate regular Sunday service.

West Coast Express

The West Coast Express does not operate on weekends.

Public Access on Race Day

Public Access on Race Day

AIRPORT (7:30am-9:30am)

Use Main St to Marine Drive to access and egress from the Airport

TRANSIT RIDERS (7:30am-10:00am)

Expect intermittent traffic delays on Oak St, Cambie St & Granville St

COAL HARBOUR (6:00am-5:00pm)

Use West Cordova St from Burrard St

CANADA PLACE / PORT METRO VANCOUVER

All regular access is maintained to Canada Place & the Port Metro Vancouver

RILEY PARK-HILLCREST COMMUNTY CENTRE (5:00pm April 30 – 11:59am May 1)

Local access only via Main St & 30th Ave

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