2011 BMO Vancouver Marathon

One of Canada’s largest marathons the BMO Vancouver Marathon is coming up on May 1, 2011. Whether you live in Vancouver or not and you’re thinking about the challenge you can’t think marathon without thinking about the planning. Here are some of the basics to get to you started.

First off, did you know that you can walk the half and full marathon? I found this to be very comforting news. Just register as a walker and the only difference is that your start time is at 6 a.m. The marathon start time is 7:30 a.m.

The start and finish location is on Pacific Blvd near the Roger’s Area. The course really does include some of the most beautiful views and areas of our city; including Stanley Park, Gastown, Granville Island and Spanish Banks.

If you register before March 22, the entry fee is $110 for the marathon, $75 for the half and $40 for the 8 km. If you are looking to put together a team maybe your family, friends or co-workers you can get a discount.

Looking for a place to stay? The host hotel, The Four Seasons is full but there are still discounted rates and lots of rooms still available from these hotels.

Replenishing calories: Some of Vancouver’s most popular restaurants are offering discounts starting from 20% off; including Yew Restaurant and Bar, The Fish House in Stanley Park and Milestones.

Now that some of the details have been covered maybe your thinking, what does it take to train for it? Here’s are some tips from John Stanton, owner of the Running Room.

Finally, if you are a visitor to Vancouver check out Tourism Vancouver’s website for place to see and things to do!

To get you pumped:

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    I ran my 5th Vancouver Marathon on Sunday and the race organizers failed terribly. Here are the highlights:

    No gels/food at first food station (13km @ 1 HR 15 Min)

    Not enough water at 15km water station – Quarter cups were served to “conserve” water

    No cups at 17.5km water station – Runners had to stop and line up to cup hands or have water poured in their mouth.

    No cups at 21 km water station (2 hour mark) – Runners were picking up used cups!

    No clock or official timing mat at the half

    No sponges in the last 10 KM

    Later water station volunteers were forced to to go to Starbucks and convenience stores to get cups

    24 hours later race director has not issued apology / explanation

    I can’t tell you how frustrating this race was! 4 consecutive stations with inadequate supplies and less than 2 hours into the run! I learned two things – not to trust the competency of race organizers and avoid races that are sponsored by big banks. The quality of this race has gone down hill since it moved from Adidas to BMO in 2009.

    The worst part is I totally lost my temper on the volunteers at the half (not cool). Here is my confession and apology.