BMO Vancouver Marathon
The BMO Vancouver Marathon is one of Vancouver’s most iconic marathon events. The event features a full marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 8k run, and streets lined with thousands of spectators. Runners can expect to experience a little bit of everything that Vancouver has to offer as they run a straight course that starts at Queen Elizabeth Park, and finishes in downtown Vancouver. This annual event usually happens in early May and manages to attract an international field of marathon runners.
The BMO Vancouver marathon has a cap of 5,000 racers, and typically sells out. The half marathon is able to accommodate up to 10,000 runners, and has historically drawn fields close to that number.
Both the full and half marathon courses are net downhills so expect fairly quick times. The fields are large but quickly thin out as the race progresses. Overall this race is one of the most scenic marathons on the west coast, and is a must do for any avid marathoner!
The BMO marathon and half marathon have slightly different course routes. The full marathon course begins at Queen Elizabeth Park and takes runners west out to Pacific Spirit Park and around UBC. Marathoners then follow a route that takes them along (and close to) the water towards downtown. Runners loops Stanley Park before finishing their marathon in the heart of Vancouver.
The BMO half marathon course also starts at Queen Elizabeth Park. Runners follow a downhill route into Vancouver, loop through Stanley Park and finish in the heart of the city at the same spot as the marathon finish.
Both the marathon and half marathon courses feature significant stretches of downhill and long flat sections.