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7 hours (3:30pm)
Garry Henry (2:13:14)
Claudia Camargo (2:35:50)
Summary: BMO Vancouver Marathon is a scenic Boston Qualifier that takes runners past beaches, through natural parks, and along Vancouver’s Seawall – the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path. Vancouver’s only marathon offers 70% shoreline views and stunning scenery.
Course Specific Info from Race Reports
If it’s sunny or hot at all, this makes for a more challenging day, as it’s very exposed for much of the course.
Course markings are in kilometers, with a few key spots in miles, so be ready for lots more counting!
The course is very slightly uphill at the start but mostly flat from about 2-10km.
The hill from about 7.5k to 12k feels hard compared to the rest of the course, even though it’s not steep.
There is a nice long downhill stretch leading up to the halfway point.
The Stanley Park seawall is a bit hard because it’s a mental game getting around the 10k of flat, paved pathway, because you know you are close, yet you feel so far away from the finish.
Total gain/loss: 728/915 ft
Total climbs: Rolling hills of ~80 ft at a time
Longest climb: 246 feet over 5 miles (roughly 7k to 12k)
Total aid stations: 21
Furthest distance apart: ~ 2 miles
Water Stations : All Stations on course
Ultima Replenisher Electrolyte Drink (Grape Flavour) : Station 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
PowerBar Gel (Strawberry/Banana, Double Latte, Tangerine): Station 6, 9, 14
Medical Stations : Station 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21
Food Station (Bananas) : Station 18
Drop bags: Yes, gear check is available for you to have a bag shuttled from the start to the finish
Crew instructions/directions: Easiest locations to access are likely along the roads rather than when the runners dip into the parks and run along the water (see course map). Note that start and finish line are in a different location
The race has “Pace Bunnies” that will be pacing different goal times
Sportstats West, provides a live tracking feature which posts social media updates for Marathoners. The feature will track the runner’s chip to the timing mats on course and post updates with the runner’s location and time as they pass over the mats.
Timing mats will be located at the following points: Start Line, 13KM, 21.1KM, Finish Line
Strava activities and GPX files
Thursday, May 4, 5pm-8pm
Friday, May 5, 11am-8pm
Saturday, May 6, 10am-6pm
Traveling to the Start Line is easiest with Canada Line. Take the Canada Line from downtown Vancouver (southbound) or from Richmond (northbound) and get off at Oakridge-41st station. From there, walk to the Start Line – this takes about 15 minutes and volunteers will guide you to the Runners’ Compound.
Car Drop-offs: If you are being dropped off near the Start Line, the race recommends Main Street near East 30th Avenue.
Race start and cutoff times
7 hour time limit (3:30pm)
On IMAthlete via the race website
Start Line: Midlothian Avenue in Queen Elizabeth Park
Finish Line: West Pender St. (between Bute St. & Thurlow St.)
Closest airport is YVR, Vancouver airport. Driving from Seattle is about 3-3.5 hours
Lots of options around Vancouver, especially near the finish line.