Vancouver’s only Marathon is back for its 47th year, registration opens early on Thursday
Vancouver, BC: September 19, 2017 - The BMO Vancouver Marathon is back on May 6, 2018, and registration officially kicks off this Thursday, September 21, at 10am PST. The annual event that dates back to 1972 is expected to sell out again after coming off a record-breaking year, welcoming runners from 65 countries.
"We're excited to celebrate how much this event has grown both locally and internationally," says Eric Chéné, Race Director of the non-profit Vancouver International Marathon Society RUNVAN®, organizers of the BMO Vancouver Marathon. Behind the scenes, the team is also working on some big initiatives for the new year.
"Over the 12 years that we have been partners, the BMO Vancouver Marathon has grown into a world-class event, celebrating both community and inclusion - both of which are some of BMO's core values," adds Michael Bonner, Senior Vice President and Regional Head, BMO Bank of Montreal. "As the title sponsor of this race, we're very proud and excited for another year ahead."
The BMO Vancouver Marathon now offers a diverse collection of races, inviting athletes of all abilities. Along with its award-winning Marathon course, the event also features a fast and scenic Half Marathon, 8KM race, Marathon Relay, and Kids Run, in addition to a free, three-day Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo.
Nearly 4,000 volunteers annualy come out to help stage the event, while over 90,000 spectators are expected to line the streets come race day. The Community Cheer Challenge presented by Chevron will once again reward communities and fans who cheer on runners and showcase their Vancouver spirit.
New for 2018, organizers have lowered prices for its Marathon Relay to encourage even more team participation and invite new runners into the mix. The Relay event features race distances between 5KM and 13KM, with all runners receiving technical shirts, medals, and more.
For those looking to enhance their race experience, a new "Prestige Club" features Start and Finish Line hospitality service, valet gear check, private toilets, breakfast, a post-race massage and catered buffet.
The event is ranked one of the top destination marathons in the world by leading publications such as Forbes, CNN and USA Today. Vancouver's iconic mountain ranges, shorelines and Seawall - the world's longest uninterrupted waterfront path - are all showcased along the stunning 42.2KM Marathon course.
All event courses cut through Vancouver's world-famous Stanley Park, voted the Top Park in the World by TripAdvisor. The Marathon, Half Marathon, 8KM race and Relay then all connect to share an energized Finish Line in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. It's a beautiful, urban course.
Since 1972, the BMO Vancouver Marathon has grown from a single race with 32 finishers into a world-class event that now annually welcomes runners from all over the world, with over 16,000 registrants.
The Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo, May 3-5, at the downtown Vancouver Convention Centre West, will showcase nearly 150 exhibitors and kick off race weekend. Western Canada's largest Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo is free and open to the public.
Race registration will be available online at BMOVanMarathon.ca.
Secure your spot early, and run with the world next May at the BMO Vancouver Marathon!
About the BMO Vancouver Marathon
The BMO Vancouver Marathon features races for everyone with Vancouver’s only Marathon, a fast Half Marathon, 8KM race, Relay, and Kids Run. Recognized by Forbes, CNN, USA Today and others as one of the world’s top destination marathons, the event is renowned for its unique scenic views including snow-capped mountain ranges, cherry blossom trees, and 70% shoreline views. Race Day: May 6, 2018.
About the Vancouver International Marathon Society
The Vancouver International Marathon Society RUNVAN® is the non-profit organization responsible for the BMO Vancouver Marathon, Granville Island Turkey Trot, and 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, and to celebrate the value that sport delivers to our communities.
About the title sponsor, BMO Financial Group
Established in 1817, and currently marking its 200th year of operations, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services provider based in North America. With total assets of $709 billion as of July 31, 2017, and more than 45,000 employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial 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.