Why the BMO Vancouver Marathon is so special

The BMO Vancouver Marathon is held annually on the first weekend of May. Organized by the local non-profit RUNVAN® we have a simple vision: Be a top destination marathon and home of the best running events in Canada.



  • Canada’s most scenic destination race, and one of the top destination marathons anywhere in the world
  • Runners from more than 65 countries now annually run the race held annually on the first weekend of May
  • Ranked a Top Destination Marathon by the likes of Forbes, CNN, USA Today, more (see: awards)
  • 70% shoreline, the marathon runs along the Seawall – the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path
  • Fast, scenic Half Marathon, and home of the BC Marathon Championships in conjunction with BC Athletics
  • 8KM race, Relay, and Kids Run provides an event for everyone, and all finishers receive a medal!
  • Unique event with multiple point-to-point courses all merging to an energized downtown Finish Line
  • Spring event offers superb running temperatures, cherry blossoms and snow-capped mountain scenery
  • Runners pass by iconic Vancouver landmarks, parks and ocean (see: photos)



  • Organized by the local non-profit Vancouver International Marathon Society – RUNVAN®
  • Promoting healthy, active lifestyles, and community engagement
  • Races for everyone with Vancouver’s only Marathon, a fast Half Marathon, 8KM, Relay, Kids Run
  • Race shirt and medal, plus youth, student, senior specials, and team prizes
  • Free two-day Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo
  • Entertainment Stations on course
  • Over $15 million raised for charity
  • Supported by 4,000 volunteers
  • Tradition dating back to 1972

Join in! RUNVAN®

Vancouver’s only marathon began in 1972 with 32 finishers and now welcomes 18,000 registrants from nearly 65 countries annually.