Virtual Race


Stay Motivated!

You may still race this year and earn your exclusive 2020 rewards! If you didn’t sign-up before the event cancellation announcement but would still like to join us virtually, please sign-up through the link below. You will receive the same rewards as every BMO Vancouver Marathon 2020 participant including the commemorative tech tee, medal, plus 75% off the BMO Vancouver Marathon event in 2021, 2022 or 2023. Already registered?! Simply opt-in

I registered prior. How may I opt-in to the Virtual Race or Switch Race Distances?

2020 registered runners may all enjoy the Virtual Race! Participation in the Virtual Race does not impact your ability to also enjoy the deferral discount.

  • If you’ve already registered you may opt-in through the imATHLETE Participant Dashboard using your Confirmation Code received upon registration. If you do not have your Confirmation Code, simply enter your email address, hit ‘Send’, and it will be sent to you. Relay runners may email us directly.
  • Once in your Participant Dashboard, select ‘CHANGE: change your race or registration class‘, then hit ‘Go’
  • Agree to the waiver and digitally initial
  • No options available at this time‘ will now show, but you can open new registration categories if you go to the bottom dialogue box in the left corner
  • In the bottom dialogue box ‘Got an Invitation Code?‘, enter the invitation code ‘NEWCLASS‘, then click ‘Apply’
  • From the new ‘Select New Registration Type‘ dropdown, select ‘Virtual Race‘, or ‘NO Virtual Race’ if you do not wish to participate but still want the reward
  • Click the orange ‘Make The Change button, bottom-right
  • Next, click the red text ‘Incomplete: Click here to fix this‘. Please answer all questions and confirm your address, then click ‘Save & Continue
  • Select your ‘Category‘ – Virtual Marathon, Half Marathon, 8KM or Kids Run. You may select any race distance, even if it differs from the one you originally registered in. Or, if you are not running, please select the category you originally registered in.
  • Click the ‘Make The Change‘ button, bottom-right, then the orange ‘Submit Order‘ button to complete the update.

You’ll only be able to submit times for the BMO Vancouver Marathon Virtual Race you’ve registered for. Submit your race time at If you registered pre event cancellation, there’s no additional costs and you may select any race distance. For new registrants, there’s no switch fee, however you will pay any price difference if upgrading and won’t receive refunds if downgrading. Thank you for understanding.

Registrants receive the BMO Vancouver Marathon 2020 Virtual Race, plus 75% off the BMO Vancouver Marathon 2021, 2022 or 2023 event.


New Virtual Race Information
A virtual race allows participants to complete a race on their own, from anywhere. You may run or walk your race distance at your own pace and at a time and location of your choice, following the guidelines of your local health authorities. You may choose your own race day and your own starting line, whether it’s a treadmill, a park or your neighbourhood streets. This option allows those invested in their training to keep going and be rewarded for their efforts.

Who may Participate?
BMO Vancouver Marathon 2020 participants will all receive the same rewards, including the commemorative tech tee, medal, and future deferral discounts. New runners may now sign-up online. Under Registration Type, Got an Invitation Code, click ‘click here’ and enter ‘virtualrace’. Those who had previously registered for the 2020 event may opt-in by following the instructions above, ‘I registered prior. How may I enter the Virtual Race‘.

When may I run my Virtual Race?
Please first sign-up for the Virtual Race. You may then run the BMO Vancouver Marathon Virtual Race anytime between May 4 through July 31, 2020, or when it’s safe to do so in your geographical area. Please exercise proper social distancing and follow the guidelines of your local health authorities.

Where is the Virtual Race Course?
Please choose your own route for this virtual event. It would be unsafe for us to provide a route that all could use at any specific time, as that may contribute to social distancing concerns. Additionally, by allowing registered runners to create their own routes, you may participate from wherever you are! Runners from 65+ countries annually register for Canada’s largest Marathon race. Use caution if running outside, and be alert of pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

We specifically request that you do not use any of the official race day routes, as these are not pedestrian safe without the use of street closures and police assistance with traffic. Please do not run on the official race course as this would not be safe and would not allow for following proper social distancing measures. Please also do not attempt a group run on race weekend if it’s unsafe to do so.

How will the Marathon Relay work?
Marathon Relay teams are welcome to run the Virtual Race and submit results, however, we ask that all runners ensure that they are practising safe physical distancing. Give virtual high-fives! Relay teams, you are requested to make your changes and enter the Virtual Race via email, rather than the Participant Dashboard. Please provide up-to-date mailing addresses for each Relay participant, and indicate if you’d like your shirt and medal, when emailing:

Relay teams are asked to submit one summed ‘team time’. The Relay sections are approximately 12KM, 12KM, 5KM and 13KM, however, for the Virtual Race your team may split the race distance as you see fit to collectively run the total 42.2KM Marathon distance.

How may I submit race results?
Registered runners may use their unique ‘Confirmation Code‘ provided during registration as their ‘Claim Code‘ to record and submit Virtual Race results. You may upload data from your tracking device, or via manual input. Learn more at Be sure to also share your ‘Finish Line’ photos on social @bmovanmarathon #bmovm #runvan

What will I receive with the Virtual Race?
All registered BMO Vancouver Marathon Virtual Runners will receive their shirt and medal if they opt-in online. Local residents have the option for Package Pickup during set hours, please check your emails for details. For non-local residents and those unable to make an in-person pickup, we will mail to the address provided. Please ensure this address is up-to-date when you switch to the Virtual Race.

Can I still receive my shirt and medal if I don’t run?
Yes, if you’re unable to take part in the fun Virtual Race, you may still select ‘No Virtual Race’. Follow the prompts and indicate if you’d like to still receive your commemorative shirt and medal. You are still required to opt-in online to ‘No Virtual Race’ to ensure your mailing address is up-to-date. Thank you for understanding.

Can I be refunded the cost of the shirt and medal?
Your tech shirt and medal were ordered months in advance of the event cancellation, and we’d still like to get you those rewards. Since the product was already ordered well in advance, refunds on shirts and medals are not available. Thank you for understanding.

What about the other offers?
Future race offerings are also available. New registrations will receive the BMO Vancouver Marathon 2020 Virtual Race, commemorative tech tee and medal, plus 75% off the BMO Vancouver Marathon 2021, 2022 or 2023 event.

Will my status as a Grand Slam or Legacy Runner change?
All registered runners will still be eligible for the RUNVAN® Grand Slam and all registered Legacy Runners will move forward to the next legacy category. Runners who have ran 15 or more years at the BMO Vancouver Marathon join an exclusive Legacy Club. The Grand Slam is awarded to those who run all four RUNVAN® races in the same calendar year: The First Half, BMO Vancouver Marathon, Granville Island Turkey Trot and Fall Classic.

Will there be awards for the Virtual Race and can I qualify for Boston?
As everyone will be on the honour system and submitting their own finish times, we will not be offering awards for the virtual event. Additionally, since you’ll be creating your own courses that will not be certified, you will not be eligible for Boston Marathon qualification.

As a Charity Runner, may I still run and fundraise for the Virtual Race?
Yes, Charity Runners may still run and fundraise until May 15, 2020. Please continue to encourage donations to your personalized GoFundMe page until then. Runners have helped to raise over $15 million dollars for charity through our RUN4HOPE Charity Program. Thank you.

Thank you
Thank you again for your patience and understanding. We hope you’ll consider joining the Virtual Race and we hope to see you again soon.

Note that throughout the BMO Vancouver Marathon Virtual Race we will have fun prizes including the opportunity to win Brooks Running shoes through a new BMO Vancouver Marathon Brooks ‘Run Happy’ Scavenger Hunt. Please follow on social for more. FB: /bmovanmarathon. IG: @bmovanmarathon #bmovm #runvan.