Start Training for the BMO Vancouver Marathon on May 7

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Start training and join Vancouver’s only marathon on Sunday, May 7. Ranked one of the top destination marathons in the world, the BMO Vancouver Marathon is a scenic, award-winning course that takes runners on a 42.2km (26.2 miles) adventure past bountiful beaches, through natural parks, and along the picturesque Seawall–the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path.

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The BMO Vancouver Marathon offers shoreline views and stunning scenery like no other marathon. The race was first established in 1972 with 32 finishers and has now grown into Canada’s largest marathon race.

The marathon takes place annually on the first Sunday of May. Ranked one of the best marathons to travel to by several international outlets, it showcases beautiful running routes with scenic point-to-point courses that span parks and beaches.

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Half Marathon

The BMO Vancouver Half Marathon is a fast, downhill course. It takes place on a separate course from the regular marathon while offering runners a unique cultural perspective of Vancouver to embark on.

Step through different neighbourhoods on your journey to the finish line. From bustling Chinatown to glassy Yaletown to the beautiful West End, you will discover historic landmarks, breathtaking views, vibrant communities, and have thousands of spectators cheer you on toward the finish.

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8km Race

The 8km version of the BMO Vancouver Marathon is a nice breeze through the park. A shorter challenge than the half version, but equally as rewarding, this race is a great way to lace up and get your feet wet in the Vancouver running scene at Canada’s most scenic running event.

You may run the 8km and enjoy the tranquil shade from cedar and hemlock trees in Stanley Park before breezing through Coal Harbour to the bustling downtown finish line where you’ll celebrate with all the marathon runners amidst cheering spectators.

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Kids Run

Open to children of all fitness levels, the BMO Vancouver Marathon Kids Run takes place on the Saturday before race day at Stanley Park and is designed to inspire kids to get moving, make healthy choices, and feel confident. This positive, memorable way for kids to experience fitness and running. The Kids Run returns on Saturday, May 6.

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Virtual Race

The BMO Vancouver Marathon Virtual Race allows you to run from wherever you are during the months of April and May. You may run your race virtually anytime between April 1 and May 31. You can also use the shorter distances as training for the actual in-person race.

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Both the marathon and half marathon as well as the 8km races sold out in 2022 with 18,500+ and capacity numbers expected again for the 2023 edition.

Register early for the BMO Vancouver Marathon on their website to secure your spot on the start line for the scenic destination race.

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