Why the BMO Vancouver Marathon is so special

The BMO Vancouver Marathon is held annually in May. Our vision is to be the world’s best running experience, celebrating all that is Vancouver, BC, 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!
  • Only event of its kind in North America 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, medal and beer for all of legal age, 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 annually welcomes nearly 16,000 registrants from 65+ countries.