It takes more than courage to run a marathon.
Marathon runners are a different breed. We’re talking intense, thrill-seeking, zany, meditative, pain-loving, dedicated running enthusiasts of all levels, continually striving toward personal excellence. Is it the overwhelming feeling of satisfaction when you cross the finish line? Is it the journey of psychological endurance or the challenge of unwavering determination? Is it the gooey gels that get used in every orifice? The carbo-load dinner before the race? Or is it just about being healthy and habitually living an active lifestyle…or more simply, that you have always wanted to have a Westcoast adventure and see spectacular Vancouver by foot? Well, Lace Up! Hold your goals close to your heart, don’t lose sight of the finish and share your crazy contagious passion for challenge with the world. We’ll support you all the way!
Ranked a Top 10 Destination Marathon by Forbes for its stunning beauty and scenic route, ranked “most exotic” marathon by CNN, the BMO Vancouver Marathon leads runners on a 42.2 kilometre journey through parks, neighbourhoods and bustling city streets. Enjoy the fresh-air alongside natural beaches and breathe a sense of wonder at the backdrop of surrounding mountains.
Starting near the top of Little Mountain at Queen Elizabeth Park, in the centre of the city, runners head south along the heritage-designated Cambie Street, west through Kerrisdale and the University of British Columbia campus, back into the city alongside breath-taking Jericho and Kits beaches, finally circling our coveted Stanley Park Seawall to finish at the city’s pulse in the downtown corridor near the Vancouver Convention Centre.
The Marathon event is capped at only 5,000 runners! Register now to secure your place.
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