Half Marathon

Share via email


Secure your spot for the 42nd BMO Vancouver Half-Marathon event on May 5, 2013. Capped at 10,000 runners,

Entry fees include:

  • Saucony short-sleeve technical shirt
  • Coveted BMO runners gloves
  • FREE race-day transit pass for runners to get to the Start Line*
  • Aid stations at every mile
  • More on-course fuel
  • More entertainment
  • Energized, local spectator support
  • Improved gear check & gear pick up
  • ….plus exciting surprises at the start & finish lines!
* Registration includes a FREE transit pass for runners to get to the Start Line. The pass will be available to runners at a separate booth at the Health Sports & Lifestyle Expo. Runners will need to show their bibs to obtain a pass. They will be required to validate the pass at the Canada Line Transit station and should plan on high volumes of passengers on race morning. We encourage runners to use the Canada Line, go early to avoid line ups at the transit stations, to factor in a 15-20 minute walk to the Start Line and also consider the time it will take to their check gear. 15,000 runners will mean crowds and lots of excitement! Go early, enjoy the fun.

Registration is now open to the public and selling fast

(note: we recommend using FirefoxChrome or Safari as your browser when registering. At this stage, we have identified some issues with Internet Explorer)

Entry Fees

Early Bird Regular Expo
Until Jan 2, 2013 Jan 3 to May 1, 2013 May 2 to May 4, 2013
Half Marathon $79.00* $109.00* $119.00*
Marathon $109.00* $149.00* $169.00*

*Plus taxes and transaction fee. Register now to secure your place in one of Vancouver’s most historic running events.

Run First Class!  VIP Race Registration

Want to avoid the line-ups at the toilets….AND revel in the comforts of a tent and warm up mats at the start line? Consider our new VIP Race Package. Only 200 packages are available.

The VIP Race Registration Package includes registration fee, FREE transit pass to the Start Line, plus all of the following benefits:

  • VIP pickup express lane at the Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo
  • VIP start line, tent inclusive of toilets, water, warm up mats
  • VIP exclusive gear check truck at the start line
  • VIP finish line tent
  • VIP gear pickup express lane

(note: we recommend using FirefoxChrome or Safari as your browser when registering. At this stage, we have identified some issues with Internet Explorer)

Register Now

VIP Race Package Fees: Limited Space (only 200)

Early Bird Regular Expo
Until Jan 2, 2013 Jan 3 to May 1, 2013 May 2 to May 4, 2013
Half Marathon $189.00* $209.00* $229.00*
Marathon $209.00* $249.00* $269.00*

*Plus taxes and transaction fee.

Visually Impaired

The 2013 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 runners need to register as a visually impaired athlete. For more information, please contact Runner Services at: registration@bmovanmarathon.ca, or call 604-872-2928.

Wheelchair Athletes

Athletes with racing wheelchairs are permitted in the Half Marathon only. Hand-cycles are prohibited. Please indicate you are a wheelchair athlete when you register.

We will allow individuals with a disability to be pushed in their wheeled device in the Half Marathon only. Both participants must be registered as a wheelchair participant and have their bib number clearly displayed. Escorts will be required to have the wheelchair tethered to their body (arm, wrist or waist) to ensure the wheelchair does not leave their company for the duration of the event. The Vancouver International Marathon Society reserves the right at any time to revoke the privilege of these participants if a safety risk is determined.

With consultation from BC Athletics, BC Wheelchair, the Vancouver Parks Board and BCAS, wheelchair participation in the Full Marathon will not be permitted due to the safety risk along the Stanley Park Seawall. The Seawall was constructed decades ago with narrow passages and does not offer adequate emergency response options for a wheelchair marathon event. We thank everyone for their cooperation and understanding of this decision.

Please indicate you are a wheelchair athlete when you register and then contact VIMS at registration@vanmarathon.ca or 604-872-2928. Arrangements will be made to transport participant’s non-racing wheelchair to the finish line.

Race Policies

The following is a list of Policies for 2013.

General Policies

1. Age Restrictions:  Our race registration Age Policy requires that as of race day, May 5, 2013, all Marathon participants must be 18 or older and Half Marathon participants must be 16 or older. This policy follows international standards and has been informed by our external medical advisers. The Age Policy is in place for the safety of participants. Parents/guardians must sign the Letter of Authorization for participants aged 16-19 and parents/guardians are urged to ensure that young runners have the training and pace judgment needed to complete the event comfortably and safely. Event organizers reserve the right to require proof of age.

2. Prohibited Items: The use of strollers, bicycles, inline skates, pets, and elite pacing are strictly prohibited. The right to disqualify runners who fail to comply with these regulations is at the sole and exclusive decision of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver International Marathon Society (“Society”).

3.iPods/MP3 players/headphones: The Society prohibits the use of these devices for the runner’s safety and the safety of those around them. There is no risk of disqualification for simple use, however, if a runner puts themselves or other runners at risk through an unsafe act that the Board of Directors determine was caused directly or indirectly through the use of a prohibited item, the Society reserves the right to disqualify the runner.

4. Pacing Requirement: There will be designated check points along the course with authorized course marshals that monitor and encourage runners to stay on pace and to ensure completion within the cut off time.  A sweep vehicle will be available for pick up if necessary.

5. Course Hours: The Half Marathon course is open at 7am and closes at 11am.

6. Course Availability: The event is restricted and limited to registered participants only.

PDF Parental Letter of Authorization

PDFGoverning Law Agreement (for Non-residents of Canada)

Refund Policy


For Legal and Liability reasons Runners cannot offer their unused bib to any other runner. Runners are not allowed to defer their unused entry to the following year.

Switching Races

While there is space available, you may switch your Marathon entry to a Half Marathon entry.  However, the difference will not be refunded. You may switch from the Half Marathon to the Marathon but you will be charged the difference. A $10 administration fee will be applied to all changes. To switch, please click on the following link. http://www.eventsonline.ca/events/vancouver_mara/participant_change.html

Switching Races

If you are registered as a VIP Marathon or VIP Half Marathon runner, or wish to upgrade to the VIP Marathon or Half Marathon Package, please email registration@vanmarathon.ca with your request.

Race Result Policy


It is the responsibility of each runner (“Runner”) to properly secure the chip timing device (“Chip”) on the shoe of the Runner.  To maintain the integrity of race results for the BMO Vancouver Marathon, race results for any particular runner may not be validated in the following circumstances:

• Where (Chip) times at specific locations, the half-way point and at the 20-mile point have not been recorded (despite both start and finish (Chip) times having been recorded);

• Where (i) a half-way point (Chip) time is recorded, (ii) a 20 mile (Chip) time is not recorded and (iii) a (Chip) time is not recorded at multiple points on the course and (iv) there is a negative split time between the first half of the marathon and the second half of the marathon exceeding 15 minutes; or

• In such other circumstances as determined by the sole and exclusive decision of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver International Marathon Society (“Society”).

In the event a Runner’s time has not been validated in the circumstances described above, the Runner may appeal the non-validation of the runner’s time by requesting, in writing, that the Society review the validation of the runner’s time. Such review will be based on the written explanation of the runner and a review of the cameras (film and photo) commissioned by Society during the race. All decisions of the Society as to any such appeal are final.

The Society reserves the right to forward notice of all results that have not been validated to BC Athletics, Athletics Canada, the Boston Marathon Society or such other race governing organizations as the Society determines.


The BMO Vancouver Marathon bases the results on GUN TIME. Gun Time is the time from the start of the race (gun) to when you cross the finish line as per IAAF, Athletics Canada, USATF, AIMS and International Awards standards.

Excerpt from the IAAF Road Race Handbook – Pg 196 RULE 240

Note: “For road races and road walking events, the official time will be the time elapsed between the start gun and the athlete reaching the finish line. However, if an athlete crosses the start line after the start gun, his time elapsed between the start and finish line can be made known to the athlete but will not be considered as official time. The order in which athletes reach the finish line will be considered as the official finish position.” 196 RULE 240

The Chip timing is provided to participants for personal interest only.