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Posted: April 26, 2016:  

Athletics: Largest Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo in Western Canada comes to the Vancouver Convention Centre West, April 28-30

More than 100 exhibitors will be on display at the free, three-day Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo that kicks off BMO Vancouver Marathon weekend

Vancouver, BC: April 25, 2016 - Internationally acclaimed and local brands will showcase their latest products and services to thousands of runners and visitors at the BMO Vancouver Marathon Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo at the downtown waterfront Vancouver Convention Centre West, April 28-30.

"The Health, Sports and Lifestyle Expo kicks off race weekend and celebrates the 45th year of the Vancouver Marathon," says Charlene Krepiakevich, Executive Director of the non-profit Vancouver International Marathon Society, organizes the event. "The Expo anchors our race weekend and is the hub of runner excitement, energy, and community. While a focal point for runners, anyone interested in health and lifestyle services and products is welcome."

As the largest Sports & Health Expo in Western Canada, the event features over 100 exhibitors that showcase running related products and other services and experiences promoting an overall healthy lifestyle.

With major brands like Running Room, Saucony, Steve Nash, BMW and Red Bull, visitors can expect exciting and interactive activations and stage presentations. Attendees can also expect loads of free sampling from exhibitors such as Clif Bar, Larabar, Nuun, and Natural Factors.

The Expo spans 70,000 square feet of award-winning convention space on the shores of the Vancouver Waterfront. Both indoor and outdoor attractions will welcome runners and visitors in this stunning setting.

A new Musical Showcase on stage at the outdoor terrace of the downtown waterfront Vancouver Convention Centre West will also take place at the Expo on Thursday and Friday. Local entertainers include Top Line Vocal Choir, JennaMae and the Groove Section, Fiddlin Frenzy and many more. In addition, Steve Nash Fitness Club will activate their free outdoor fitness classes on Saturday from 12pm Ė 4pm.

The FREE three-day Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo, which further cements Vancouver as one the most active cities in the world, is open to the general public on Thursday April 28 (5pm-8pm), Friday April 29 (11am-8pm) and Saturday April 30 (10am-6pm).

"The Vancouver International Marathon Society continues to promote inclusiveness and healthy well-being," says Krepiakevich. "The Expo is a great opportunity for anyone to come in and learn more about active, healthy living. Come by and check it out!"

The Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo is also the opportunity for registered BMO Vancouver Marathon runners to pick up their race kits including race bib, timing chip, TransLink Compass Card, Saucony technical shirts, souvenir gear and other items.

New this year, the event has expanded to offer a 2.5KM Walk so there is truly an event for everyone at the BMO Vancouver Marathon. Race weekend also features a Kids Run, 8KM race, Relay, Half Marathon and Vancouverís only 42.2KM marathon course.

Learn more at BMOVancouverMarathon.ca.

About the BMO Vancouver Marathon

Celebrating its 45th year in 2016, the BMO Vancouver Marathon features Vancouverís only marathon, plus the event boasts a Marathon Relay, Half Marathon, 8KM Race, Kids Run and new 2.5KM Walk. Recognized by Forbes, CNN, USA Today and others as one of the top destination marathons in the world, the event is renowned for its unique scenic views including snow-capped mountain ranges, cherry blossom trees, and 70% shoreline views. Join in at the free Expo: April 28 - 30, and on Race Day: May 1, 2016.

About the Vancouver International Marathon Society

The Vancouver International Marathon Society is the non-profit organization responsible for the BMO Vancouver Marathon, Granville Island Turkey Trot, and the Fall Classic Run at UBC. The Society is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and delivers running events with a mandate to promote healthy living, increase participation in the sport, and celebrate the value the sport delivers to our communities.

About BMO Financial Group

Established in 1817, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services provider based in North America. With total assets of $699 billion as of January 31, 2016, and close to 47,000 employees, BMO provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.


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