Vancouver, BC

Visit Vancouver, BC, Canada for our award-winning Marathon held annually in May! The Canadian border is now open to fully-vaccinated international visitors from most countries. Find out if you may enter Canada, here. Know before you go. BC is requiring proof of vaccination for people 12 and older to access some services. RUNVAN® also requires all runners and volunteers be fully vaccinated for the next event.

INTERNATIONAL VISITORS MUST SHOW:

  • Proof of vaccination they used to enter Canada (all international visitors entering Canada will have used ArriveCAN). To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller to Canada, you must be vaccinated. Learn more.
  • Passport
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STUNNING RUNNING

Please enjoy our stunning images as inspiration for future travel. Come celebrate the event’s special 50th Anniversary with us here in Vancouver, Canada. The race is run annually on the first weekend of May.

Extend your stay pre and post-race to enjoy beautiful British Columbia. Find even more inspiration @hellobc #exploreBC

Awards

AWARD-WINNING

“Top Marathons Worth Traveling For”

Forbes Magazine

“You’ll tour the Canadian city, as the course leads you through 12 neighborhoods, six beaches, three parks and the picturesque Seawall, the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path. The best part is the views — you’ll get a glimpse of everything from snow-capped mountain ranges to cherry blossom trees. Even better: 70 percent of the race offers shoreline vistas.”

World’s Most Exotic Marathons

CNN Travel

“It’s worth running simply to take in Vancouver’s scenery.”

Canada’s Gold Label Races

Canadian Running Magazine

“One of the top destination marathons anywhere in the world, the BMO Vancouver Marathon is famous for its beautiful course. The half and the marathon take in the most spectacular of Vancouver’s running routes.. and, perhaps the most stunning final 10KM of any marathon, along Stanley Park’s Seawall.”

14 Spring Races All Runners Should Try

USA Today

“The epitome of a truly superb spring race, runners flock to Vancouver each May to run a perfectly picturesque course…”

Best Destination Half Marathons

Runner’s World

“A downhill start with epic Vancouver skyline views sets the tone for this fast course that unites historic urban sights with mountain backdrops, waterfront vistas, and lush foliage. You’ll tour several distinct neighborhoods – including waterfront False Creek, historic Chinatown, trendy Yaletown, scenic West End, and more – before crossing the finish line in downtown. Along the way, thousands of spectators and live entertainment acts (the 2019 race drew 11 acts spanning everything from Americana folk pop to percussionists to classic and country rock) provide midrace encouragement.”

Awards

World-class Travel Destination

Home of the 2010 Olympic Games and TED Talks, Vancouver has racked up some noteworthy mentions.

Top Destination in Canada

Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards

Most Liveable City in North America

Mercer Quality of Living Survey 

Best City in Canada

Condé Nast Traveler

Canada’s Best Destination

Travel Weekly

World’s Best Food Cities

Condé Nast Traveler

World’s Healthiest Places to Live

Time Magazine

Races for Everyone

Your Registration Includes:

  • Exclusive new tech tee
  • Medal option with a unique design
  • Award-winning Marathon course
  • Stunning Running
  • Results, leaderboard, and more
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Running Culture

Vancouver, BC, has a thriving running culture. Nearly every neighbourhood boasts run clubs or 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.

The BMO Vancouver Marathon showcase some of the best of these coveted Vancouver running routes, spanning parks, beaches and neighbourhoods.

Climate + Weather

May historically is an optimal time for running on the West Coast in Vancouver, BC. Recently, race days have posted an average high of 15°C with clear skies.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS THE CLIMATE LIKE IN MAY?

The first weekend in May historically boasts optimal climates for running, averaging a high of 15ºC with clear skies.

ARE THERE MANY DESTINATION RUNNERS?

Yes, the BMO Vancouver Marathon is Canada’s largest Marathon and the event annually welcomes runners from 65+ countries.

WHERE SHOULD I STAY IN VANCOUVER?

The Marathon has partnered with StayVancouverHotels.com to offer you a range of hotel options in Vancouver, BC.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IN VANCOUVER?

You’re encouraged to enjoy Vancouver, BC, pre and post-race to take advantage of the city’s activities and attractions.

About the City

Vancouver, BC

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.

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