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Posted: September 22, 2017:  

Athletics: BMO Vancouver Marathon adds to accolades

Voted ‘Best of’ for a third consecutive year

Vancouver, BC: September 21, 2017 - BMO Vancouver Marathon race weekend adds to its list of accolades after being voted "Vancouver’s Best Running Race" for the third-consecutive year by popular local publication, the Georgia Straight.

The event’s famed Marathon course has won several other major international awards over the years from the likes of leading publications such as Forbes, CNN and USA Today.

"It’s an honour to be recognized by the local community," says Eric Chéné, Race Director of the non-profit Vancouver International Marathon Society RUNVAN®, organizers of the BMO Vancouver Marathon.

The BMO Vancouver Marathon is a major undertaking, and the only single day running event with three separate point-to-point courses in North America. As non-profit organizers, RUNVAN® relies on community support including the help of nearly 4,000 volunteers annually to pull off the feat each May.

"We are thrilled to see the community come out in support of the event and witness the city’s enthusiasm," adds Chéné. "Every year, the BMO Vancouver Marathon proves it is more than just a running event, and it is encouraging to see what it has done to help build a strong sense of community within the city."

There is something for everyone during BMO Vancouver Marathon race weekend. For those looking to run, you can conquer the award-winning Marathon course, a fast Half Marathon, 8KM race, or run the Relay as a team, which breaks the full 42.2KM Marathon course into smaller, manageable sections.

Runners aren’t required either. You can be one of the thousands of volunteers, and enjoy great group camaraderie while helping to organize Vancouver’s only Marathon event, or be a spectator and partake in the Community Cheer Challenge presented by Chevron and potentially win cash prizes just for cheering.

In addition to organizing free weekly runs, supporting local schools, and charity programs to the tune of $14.9 million raised by runners for charity, the non-profit also works with BIAs and community leaders throughout each of the 12 neighbourhoods it runs, to help create block parties on race day.

BMO Vancouver Marathon race weekend further features a free three-day Health & Sports Expo. Open from Thursday to Saturday before race day at the downtown Vancouver Convention Centre West, the Expo showcases over 150 exhibitors and is free to the public.

Organizers have done lots behind the scenes to grow what used to be a single Marathon race with 32 finishers, to a major community event that now welcomes nearly 16,000 registrants, locally and from across the globe. A record 65 countries were represented this past year.

"For all runners visiting Vancouver and running the Marathon, it’s a thrill!" says John Stanton, founder of Running Room. "In conversation with runners from Western Canada, the US, and Europe running the Marathon events, there is total agreement that they are all overwhelmed with the beauty of the city and the friendly people."

Registration for the 47th annual race, May 6, 2018, officially opens today.

Learn more and join in at

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.

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