Downtown Vancouver

Ranked Canada’s Top Travel Destination, Vancouver is a gorgeous, sophisticated city boasting natural beauty, big city experiences and diverse neighbourhoods. We love fresh air, adventure and fun! For runners, it is paradise. And the race is supported by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association.

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Vancouver’s only Marathon is a perfect balance of natural scenery and urban city. Photo: Maylies Lang / RUNVAN®

Vancouver Weather

May historically is an optimal time for running in Vancouver, BC. The last few years have proven perfect conditions for running a Marathon or Half Marathon, in fact, with an average high of 15°C and clear skies. The BMO Vancouver Marathon takes place during a perfect time of the year, annually on the first weekend of May!

Early mornings promise milder temperatures before the city warms up mid-day. The city averages minimal participation come May, and race weekend is generally forecasted to be sunny with a low of 10°C and high of 18°C. Check out CTV for the official 7-day forecast.

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Park scenes. Vancouver’s only Marathon circles around the world-famous Stanley Park. Photo: Maylies Lang / RUNVAN®

Vancouver Running

Vancouver has a thriving running culture. Nearly every neighbourhood and suburb boasts run clubs and running trails for runners of all kinds. With Pacific Ocean and mountain views, beaches, and a stunning city skyline, Vancouver runners get the best of all worlds.

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Ranked one of the top destination marathons in the world, Vancouver’s only Marathon welcomes runners from 65+ countries. Photo: Ivan Calderon / RUNVAN®

The BMO Vancouver Marathon showcases some of the best of these coveted Vancouver running routes, spanning parks, beaches and neighbourhoods. Learn more at or visit Tourism Vancouver.

Vancouver is a world-class travel destination

The BMO Vancouver Marathon is world-class and now annually welcomes runners from 65+ countries and nearly all American States.

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Canada’s most scenic marathon, the BMO Vancouver Marathon is 70% shoreline. Photo: Stirl and Rae Photography / RUNVAN®

Vancouver Awards

Home of the 2010 Olympic Games and TED Talks, Vancouver has racked up some noteworthy mentions. Here are some of the awards the city has won:

  • Top Destination in Canada – TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards (2016)
  • Most Livable City in North America – Mercer Quality of Living Survey (2016)
  • Best City in Canada – Condé Nast Traveler (2015)
  • Canada’s Best Destination – Travel Weekly (2002 – 2015)
  • World’s Best Food Cities – Condé Nast Traveler (2015)
  • World’s Healthiest Places to Live – Time Magazine (2014)

How to get here

Getting to and from Vancouver is about exploring and embracing a Westcoast adventure. Whether you arrive by ferry, bus, VIA Rail, Amtrak or plane, you will be overcome with awe by the nature that serves as a backdrop to our breathtaking city. The Vancouver International Airport YVR has been ranked the ‘Best Airport in North America’ a record nine times running, and has direct flights from many international destinations.

In Vancouver

TravelSmart to the BMO Vancouver Marathon and consider utilizing TransLink, Greater Vancouver’s transit service which includes convenient SkyTrain and Buses, the Aquabus or Taxi Service which is readily available at the airport, in cities and at major hotels.

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Experience Stunning Running. Photo: Stirl and Rae Photography / RUNVAN®

To learn more about Vancouver, you may also visit Tourism Vancouver, one of Canada’s top Convention and Visitor Bureaus. Check-in with the Visitor Centre when you arrive, and ask the friendly Tourism Vancouver Information Ambassadors to assist with any questions you may have during your stay. Of course, our non-profit RUNVAN® is also here to answer your questions. Check out our FAQ page and feel free to email or phone: 604 872 2928.

Experience one of the World’s Top Destination Marathons

Plan your Spring vacation to Vancouver, BC, Canada, and join us annually on the first weekend of May! Join runners from 65+ countries!

Join runners from 65+ countries at the BMO Vancouver Marathon!

Runners from across the world will flock to Vancouver, Canada, this May, with large contingents from Victoria, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and all of Canada, from Washington, California, Oregon and across the USA, plus from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Germany, GB, Australia, more…

BMO Vancouver Marathon
BMO Vancouver Marathon