Vancouverites – it’s almost marathon time.
With the annual BMO Vancouver Marathon taking place this Sunday, May 7, you can expect some temporary road closures. There will be more than 15,000 runners from 60 countries hitting the pavement, so you get it.
Sorry guys, but this might mean your usual commute could encounter some delays. And it might be a good idea to change up your transportation or take your bike because buses will be impacted for a 45-minute window.
The good news is that residential traffic will be operating as normal, and the Canada Line will have increased service with train frequency until 8:15 am. And, Translink will be providing free shuttles to help runners and spectators get to the start line on time. Cue applause.
Here are some maps of areas crossed in the run that will be closed, which will help you to see if your street is affected. Oh, there are some helpful detour options and bus service details here too.
The marathon, half marathon and relay start at Queen Elizabeth Park, while the 8 km race starts in Stanley Park. All events will be merging to a shared downtown finish line.
And if you’re going to Queen Elizabeth Park, taking the Canada Line via Oakridge on 41st will bring you to the start line on Midlothian Avenue, near Hillcrest Community Centre.
If you don’t have access to early morning transit you can avail of a free shuttle service to the start line. Hop on a shuttle bus at Scott Road Station, Lonsdale Quay, Brentwood Mall, Patterson Station, or Lougheed Town Centre.
Bus routes will be modified at certain times during the day to accommodate the marathon. Affected bus schedules include the 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 15, 17, 19, 22, 25, 33, 41, 49, 99, 160, 210, 211, 240, 246, C18, C20, and 23.
With the support of the City of Vancouver and Translink, two intersections along West 49th Avenue at Granville and Oak Street will be closed to allow for runners to pass.
And don’t worry if you plan to take the Expo or Millennium lines, or even the SeaBus, as all will be operating on regular Sunday service.
“Our non-profit is working closely alongside the City of Vancouver and Translink to ensure Vancouver’s only marathon event goes off safely and smoothly,” says Graeme White, Executive Director of the Vancouver International Marathon Society.
“We appreciate the support from the community and all stakeholders involved in delivering this longstanding Vancouver tradition, and encourage all to come out and support – run, cheer, or volunteer.”
“This is a legacy event that welcomes the world with runners from more than 60 countries now annually coming to Vancouver to help celebrate healthy living, ” says White.
The marathon follows a rolling road closure/opening protocol. This means that roads will close and re-open later when the runners have passed. So, no roads will be closed for the entire day – hooray.
If you plan to cycle on Sunday, you can leave your bike in free, secure storage at BEST’s Bicycle Valet, located at the finish line on Pender Street.
When: May 7, 9:30 am
Where: Stanley Park – Lagoon Drive
Price: Starting at $149 – Register online
Daily Hive is a proud media sponsor of the BMO Vancouver Marathon