Community Awards


Vancouver International Marathon Society has established an award for community groups who support the BMO Vancouver Marathon. To acknowledge the special role community groups play in volunteering at the BMO Vancouver Marathon, Community Awards will be presented. The Community Awards recognize, celebrate and motivate community groups that contribute to the event as volunteers, spectators and stakeholders.

Volunteers play a vital role at the BMO Vancouver Marathon. Approximately 3,300 volunteers contribute 16,000 hours over several months to help stage the event. The Community Awards honour those groups who are most enthusiastic and demonstrate a commitment to the Mission, Vision and Values of the Society.


The Community Awards recognize and celebrate community groups who participate as volunteers in the BMO Vancouver Marathon. Awards will be distributed to volunteer groups that meet and exceed the award criteria.


  • The Award is open to any community group (a club, society, charity, non-profit, school, college, university or association that is organized and operated without the purpose of making a profit).
  • The award judging criteria requires that community groups:
    • Provide a minimum of 15 or more volunteers
    • Create a fun and memorable experience for volunteers, officials, spectators, runners and community
    • Demonstrate community spirit and enthusiasm for the event, runners, and spectators
    • Uphold the values of the Society
    • Demonstrate a commitment to the safety of runners, volunteers, spectators and other stakeholders


  • The Vancouver International Marathon Society, the non-profit organization responsible for BMO Vancouver Marathon, will select the winners.
  • Short-listed finalists will be advised and notified in writing prior to the award presentation. A representative of the volunteer group must be present in order to win and receive the cheque. If not present, the award will be handed to the next group on the shortlist.
  • Awards will be presented after the marathon event at the Community Awards Celebration in late May.

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