Starting near the top of Little Mountain at Queen Elizabeth Park at the centre of city, the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon officially starts at 07:00am* on Sunday, May 4, 2014. The start line is located on Midlothian Avenue near the Hillcrest Community Centre.
Tier Structure & Registration Policy
To improve your race experience and ensure our suppliers and stakeholders have enough time to meet our event requirements, changes to our registration policy have been introduced for 2014.
The registration confirmation link below allows you to login to the dashboard to check if you have successfully completed your registration. After login in, if your name appears within this searchable database, this serves as official confirmation of entry into the 2014 race. This database is updated daily. Once you register, please allow 24 hours before confirming your entry online.
Age Groups and Awards
Participants will compete in the following Male and Female Age Groups: Under 19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95-99, Above 100.
Gold, Silver & Bronze medals will be sent by mail a few weeks following the race and you will be recognized on our website.
The 2014 Half Marathon will feature a visually impaired division. Visually impaired participants will require a guide and will be placed in the first corral with elites. Visually impaired participants need to register as a visually impaired athlete. For more information, please contact Runner Services at: email@example.com, or call 604-872-2928.
Athletes with racing wheelchairs are permitted in the Half Marathon only. Hand-cycles are prohibited. Please indicate you are a wheelchair athlete by emailing registration@
THERE WILL BE NO RACE PACKAGE PICKUP ON RACE DAY. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR PACKAGE IS PICKED UP WITHIN THE EXPO’S HOURS OF OPERATION. NO EXCEPTION.
Expo/Package Pickup Location:
Expo/Package Pickup Hours of Operation:
- Thursday, May 1, 2014 : 4:00pm – 8:00pm
- Friday, May 2, 2014 : 11:00am – 8:00pm
- Saturday, May 3, 2014 : 10:00am – 6:00pm
Picking up your package
Plan to pickup your package before the event at the Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo in Canada Place, Hall C. You will need your Bib number and a picture ID to pickup your package. Your package includes:
- Your Bib
- Your Chip
- Your Saucony® short-sleeved Tech Shirt in Women’s or Men’s Cut
- More goodies !
- Make sure to get your FREE Transit Ticket from Booth (Booth Number to come soon)
Getting your race package picked up by somebody else
If someone is picking up your race package on your behalf, they will need:
- Their valid photo ID (Driving License, Passport, ID Card)
- Your Name
- Your Bib Number
Please be advised that they will also need to fill and sign a ‘Bib Pick-up Proxy Info Sheet’ with information from their photo ID. This document will be kept as a record indicating they are responsible for your race package (bib, chip, shirt, etc). The Society, the event, and volunteers are released from any responsibility to that race package.
Express Check In for Platinum Runners
Platinum Runners will have an express line at the Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo in Canada Place, Hall C. Look for the special entrance marked as Platinum Runners. To pick up your package, you will need both your Bib Number and Photo ID.
BMO Power Of Blue
If you are a BMO customer, you will enjoy the blue carpet treatment when picking up your race package. You simply have to show your BMO® Debit Card and BMO MasterCard® at Package Pickup to enjoy the BMO Power of Blue fast track line. Look for the special entrance marked BMO Power of Blue. Learn more about the BMO Power of Blue here.
Course & Amenities
Half Marathon map v2, uploaded Nov 20, 2013
Stations – Total of 8 Stations
Map & Turn-By-Turn Directions^
^: Please note that the course will be marked every kilometres and every five miles.
Rolling Road Closures/Opening
The BMO Vancouver Half Marathon has a course limit of 4 hours. Participants must maintain a 15-minute per mile pace (approximately) and complete the half marathon distance—Start Line to Finish Line—within the event time requirement. With both a marathon (42.2 km) and a half marathon (21.1 km) covering the city on Sunday, May 4, the races will follow a rolling closure/open protocol. This means that the roads will NOT be closed for the entire duration of the races.
For residents who live along the Half Marathon course, and for those traveling to and from Vancouver on race day, please be aware that extensive street closures will take place on race day. In addition, No Parking Zones along the course will be enforced in the early morning hours.
Find more details on our road closures page and FAQ.
Clocks, Kms and Mile Markers
Digital clocks are positioned at the following locations throughout the course: the start line, the halfway point, and the finish line. Digital clocks provide gun time. Mile and kilometre markers will be positioned at each kilometre and mile. Digital clocks at the finish line will display unofficial finish times. The elapsed event time begins with the half marathon start at 07:00 am
Download the Start Line Diagram (Coming Soon)
- 06:00am: Arrive early to avoid anxiety and experience the start line vibe. Get your picture taken. (Click here to see how to get there or click here to see a Start Line Diagram)
- 06:00am-06:15am: Check Gear on Ontario St
- 06:15am-06:30am: Find your corral
- 06:30am: High-five volunteers. Hug pals. Stretch.
- 06:45am: Start of participants’ Show (Music, Warm-up)
- 07.00am: Race begins! First corral of Half Marathon participants leave, subsequent corrals will follow.
- 11:00am: Half Marathon Course Closure
Things to Remember
- It takes approximately 10-15 minutes to walk from the Canada line station to the Start Line.
- We encourage half marathon participants to use Canada line and stop at King Edward Station
- Arrive NO LATER THAN 45 minutes before the start of your event and NO LATER THAN 1 hour if you wish to use the Gear Check.
- There will be Start Line Washrooms. (Handy Tips: bring some baby wipes!)
- The Start Line will include a participants compounds with toilets, gear check, water, medical and entertainment.
Please note: the Hillcrest Community Centre washroom facilities, change rooms and food areas are reserved only for the Community Centre users. Thank you for your respect of the Hillcrest Community Centre and its users.
Your registration includes a Transit Ticket that you can use on Canada Line to get to the Start Line. Make sure to pickup your Transit Ticket at our Sports, Health & Lifestyle Expo.
BMO Vancouver half marathon participants and spectators are encouraged to use the Canada Line to make it to the Start Line in Queen Elizabeth Park. We recommend exiting at King Edward Station.
Canada Line will begin operating at its regular time (first train from Waterfront Station is at 04:48 am and first train from Richmond Brighouse is at 05:02 am). There will be no early start for SkyTrain’s Expo and Millennium Lines (first train from King George Station at 07:08 am) as well as Seabus (first ferry from Lonsdale Quay at 08:02 am). Regular Sunday service is offered.
Passengers are reminded that there will be some bus reroutes in the evening on Saturday, May 3, 2014 as event organizers set up the race route. On Sunday, May 4, 2014, passengers are reminded that there will be intermittent traffic delays on Oak, Cambie and Granville streets.
Optional Shuttle Service
To all out of town participants, please note that Canada Line (Skytrain) operates from 04:48am daily from Downtown Vancouver to YVR International Airport. This is the most convenient way to get to the start line from downtown Vancouver.
To accommodate popular demand, we are offering optional shuttle service on race day for participants living in areas without early transit access. This offer applies to participants residing in the East-West corridor and North/West Vancouver.
Space is limited, and is sold on first come first serve basis. You are eligible to take advantage of the service if you are:
- A registered half or marathon participant
- Living in areas without early transit access (please refer to Translink website to find out bus/skytrain schedules)
- Be at the pickup location on time.
Shuttle services are available from 2 key locations: South Burnaby and West/North Vancouver. Exact Pick up locations and time will be announced in the upcoming months.
Price: $10/person. FREE before November 30, 2013
If you need to be dropped off near the Start Line, we recommend Main Street, near 30th Avenue. Please make sure you give yourself lots of time to walk to the Start Line (about 5 minutes). Expect delays, traffic & wait times. Embrace the anticipation, trepidation and action! It’s all part of the journey.
If you plan to check gear at the Start Line, please allow a minimum of 1 hour prior to the race. Half Marathon Gear check will close at 06:45 am.
There will be Gear Check available at the Start Line. Gear Check will be located on Ontario St. (between E. 33rd Ave and E. 30th Ave). All gear will be transported to a secured area at the Finish Line. You will check your bag according to your corral colour (Yellow, Blue, Pink, Green, Purple).
Things to Remember
- All items must fit into a 21″ x 26″ bag (about the size of a medium garbage bag)
- A clear plastic bag will be provided when collecting our Package Pickup at the expo.
- Gear cannot be any more than 10 pounds and must fully fit inside the gear check bag (no luggage will be accepted).
- On Race Day:
- Bring your clear plastic bag,
- Place your items in the clear plastic bag
- Detach the 1×6 label from your bib
- Zip it to the bag so that it is easily visible.
- Once sealed, the bag can then be given to volunteers at the truck.
- Bib is required to retrieve items after the race.
At the end of your race, please make your way to the Gear Check Pickup Area on W. Pender St near the Finish Line (between Bute and Burrard). You will need to show your bib in order to pick up their gear. No gear bags will be distributed without a bib. Bibs are a runner’s identification on race day and should not be destroyed, damaged, or discarded.
The corral system is standard practice in many large events and allows races to have a safe, efficient start with everyone crossing the Start Line within approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Officials will release the corrals in waves to provide a smooth and fast start for our Half Marathon event. The corrals and waves of participants help ensure that the event is spaced safely avoiding line-ups at aid stations on the course.
Corrals are assigned by Estimated Finish Times provided at registration. If this is your first Half Marathon and you are uncertain of your Estimated Finish Time, please use a calculator to evaluate your Estimated Finish Time (Click here).
Once you are assigned a corral, you will not be able to change. Make sure you enter the correct Estimated Time. In some cases, we might be asking you to justify your estimated time by providing previous race results.
For the safety of all participants you must stay in the corral assigned. There will be volunteers checking you bib numbers to make sure you are in the correct corral. If you have not supplied your estimated finish time, you will be placed in the last corral.
Your bib number will direct you to the right corral. You will be able to check your bib number closer to event day (about 3 weeks before the event).
We will provide you with corral details about 3 weeks before the event.
Pace bunnies look funny wearing rabbit ears, but it’s serious business trying to run even splits for a Half Marathon. Thanks to the Running Room, we have Pace Bunnies to help participants keep a designated pace and ultimately to help you complete your run. Make sure to spot their pink ears on race day, Pace Bunnies (Pacers) will be located in the appropriate corrals at the start of the race and will be running 10 minutes and walking 1 minute (10′s and 1′s).
Half Marathon Pace Times
In 2013, Pace Bunnies were offered for the following finish times:
- 1:30 | Yellow Corral
- 1:45 | Yellow Corral
- 2:00 | Blue Corral
- 2:15 | Pink Corral x2
- 2:30 | Green Corral x2
Each Pace Bunny will run even splits (every km will be run in the same amount of time) throughout the Half Marathon, and by following your Pace Bunny, you should be able to cross the line with a better finish time.
Download the Finish Line Diagram (Coming Soon)
In 2013, we moved the Finish Line onto Pender Street. This means a big Downtown Finish full of spectators, excitements and more. Once you cross the Finish Line, you will be congratulated by dozen of volunteers, get your medal and some water, and be directed to Gear checkout or the Street Festival to relax and celebrate (Click here to learn more about the Street Festival).
Please note: For safety and security reasons, Pender Street will be a restricted area only available to participants, volunteers, media and staff.
There will be a tent at the Street Festival with volunteers equipped with tablets to check your results and brag a little.
Planning for the Weather
We have West Coast beauty but that means West Coast weather! Plan for ALL types of weather on Race Day. Participants should be prepared for changing weather throughout the day, and have a plan for post-race recovery. It is highly recommended that participants consider checking warm and waterproof gear at the Start Line Gear Check, or ask friends or family to bring warm clothing for you to the Finish Line. Please note that Finish Line blankets will not be provided, so while we hope for good weather, please plan to have appropriate post-race clothing.
We will post more exciting details shortly.
More music, more cheering, more spectators! For 2014, event organizers plan to add more on-course entertainment to motivate, inspire and entertain participants. Watch for local musical groups, community cheer groups and thousands and thousands of spectators along the course on May 4, 2014.
This year, look for exciting bands and music groups along the Half marathon course. There will be 10 music groups on the half marathon course. All of the on-course entertainment will be there for participants and spectators to enjoy free of charge!
Represent your neighbourhood! Come to one of our 13 designated Starbucks before the BMO Vancouver Marathon to pick up a customizable cheer poster. On the day of the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon, meet your friends and community neighbours at one of the designated Starbucks and then head on out to cheer on the participants of the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon.
You will be able to pick up cheer signs at specified locations. We will update this section shortly with more details.
Want the best seat in the house to watch your friends, colleagues and loved ones put themselves to the test? Get your flags, your Cheer posters paint your faces, shake your hips and raise your banners at the following locations. Bring your best Chi to cheer! Learn more here.