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Thanks for your continued enthusiasm in the BMO Vancouver Marathon organized annually by the local non-profit RUNVAN®, traditionally with the support of nearly 4,000 volunteers. The next in-person event is now scheduled for Sunday, May 1, 2022. Event capacity will be limited and runners must be fully vaccinated. Additional information on vaccine requirements for entry into BC is included below.

Due to COVID-19 global pandemic, non-profit event organizers were not permitted to host a mass in-person event in 2020 or 2021. 2020 deferral runners, your deferral rates were made valid for 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 or 2025 – details were emailed to deferral runners on January 26, 2021, with updates again emailed to deferral runners in groups on November 3 and November 5, 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions


COVID-19 Vaccine Card Requirements

Starting September 13, 2021, BC is requiring proof of vaccination for people 12 and older to access some events, services, and businesses.

Know before you go.

RUNVAN® is also requiring proof of full vaccination to register for and attend this year’s event.

For BC residents:

  • Visit gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard to download or print a copy of your BC Vaccine Card which contains a digital QR code.
  • If you aren’t able to access the digital BC Vaccine card ask a trusted friend, family member or support person to print your card for you, visit a Service BC centre or call 1-833-838-2323 to get a copy of your Card mailed to you.

For out-of-province visitors:

People who aren’t from BC must follow the same requirements and provide proof of vaccination and Identification (ID).
People from other Canadian provinces or territories must show:

  • Provincially/territorially officially recognized vaccine record
  • Valid government photo ID
  • A printable document that includes all Canadian proof of vaccination records will be available soon.

For international visitors:

International visitors must show:

  • Proof of vaccination they used to enter Canada (all international visitors entering Canada will have used ArriveCAN)
  • Passport

2020 Event Cancellation FAQs

Why can’t you just refund my registration?

Entry fees are non-refundable as per race policies agreed to upon registration. Our non-profit would not be able to financially sustain full refunds given the majority of the 2020 budget had already been allocated. In other words, funds had already been spent per traditional ordering timelines and couldn’t simply be returned without causing serious cash-flow concerns that may have jeopardized the overall sustainability of this long-standing community event. RUNVAN® instead redirected all savings from the 2020 event cancellation back to registered runners through future race offerings. As a non-profit, RUNVAN® is still forecasting to operate at a financial loss in the short-term.

Where was the money from 2020 spent?

The majority of the event’s initial budget was already committed to prior to the event’s cancellation in March. RUNVAN® invests in a marketing campaign that helps to attract runners from 65+ countries, plus makes large advance purchases. Since that product was ordered months in advance of the event cancellation, refunds on products like the 2020 tech shirts and medals are unavailable. The event still offered in-person Package Pickup for local residents when it was safe to do so, allowing runners to still collect those commemorative rewards. For non-local residents and those unable to make an in-person pickup, rewards were mailed. If you didn’t receive your race kit, please feel free to still contact us: [email protected] Thank you for understanding.

Where is my deferral discount code?

Deferral discount codes were emailed to 2020 runners again on November 3, 2021. You may use your unique deferral discount code when registering for the next BMO Vancouver Marathon event in 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 or 2025.

2020 runners were invited join the event’s first-ever Virtual Race, receive the race swag, plus opt-in to one of the options below:

Option A: 100% deferral to the 2020 Great Trek, plus 40% off the BMO Vancouver Marathon 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 or 2025 event.

Option B: 75% off the BMO Vancouver Marathon 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 or 2025 event.

What is COVID-19?

On March 11, 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak was characterized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. March 12, B.C. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry stated that event organizers are to cancel all gatherings of 250 people or more. March 13, the volunteer Board of Directors at RUNVAN® officially announced the cancellation of the 2020 event. Vancouver’s only Marathon event draws runners from 65+ countries and many of those countries had their own travel restrictions, as well, as a result of COVID-19. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) further suggested a ban of large scale events. Given the directive of the health organizations, the BMO Vancouver Marathon could not safely proceed as initially planned in 2020 or 2021.

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