Runners from around the world will descend on Vancouver this weekend for the city’s only marathon – and a whole host of extra activities – during the BMO Vancouver Marathon.
The marathon, which started in 1972 with just 32 finishers, has grown into an internationally recognized marathon weekend offering races for everyone.
Ranked one of the top destination marathons in the world, the BMO Vancouver Marathon itself is a scenic Boston Qualifier that takes runners on a 42.2KM (26.2 miles) adventure past beaches, through natural parks, and along Vancouver’s Seawall – the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path.
And while the Sunday run is the highlight, other activities take place throughout the weekend as well.
One of these events is the Expo at the Vancouver Convention Centre, which is open right through the weekend and is open to runners and non-runners alike.
Free to the public, the Expo welcomes over 25,000 visitors every year and features over 120 exhibitors and major athletic brands.
Near the finish line on race day, runners, supporters and spectators can find entertainment, food sampling and souvenir product, as Hastings Street turns into a family-friendly Street Festival from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.
The course itself has a seven-hour time limit and is for those aged 18 and older.
A full list of events and times is available on the BMO Vancouver Marathon website.
When: Sunday, May 6
Time: 8:30 am – runners must clear Start Line by 8:40 am
Where: The Start Line is at Queen Elizabeth Park, Midlothian Avenue, and the finish line is at West Pender Street, between Bute Street & Thurlow Street.