BMO Vancouver Marathon This Sunday

Comments 9 by Rebecca Bollwitt

This weekend the city will be taken over by the colossal BMO Vancouver Marathon 2009.

Photo credit: thelastminute on Flickr – Duncan Rawlinson /

On Sunday May3rd, there will be the marathon for elite and recreational runners (42.2km), a half marathon (21.1km), an 8km run (for runners or walkers), and the McDonald’s Kids Marafun.

Leading up to the event, there is a sports expo down at Concord Pacific Place in False Creek (Thursday, April 30th from 4:00 to 8:00pm, Friday, May 1st, 11:00 to 8:00pm, Saturday, May 2nd, 10:00 to 7:00pm, and Sunday, May 3rd from 7:00 to 3:00pm).

There is an extensive list of road closures downtown for Sunday, which include several major thoroughfares downtown, in the West End, in Kitisilano, Point Grey, Chinatown, Gastown, and False Creek. You can also view race maps for an overview of the route.

I have been told by organizers that they are also in desperate need of volunteers for Sunday so if you’re interested in helping out you can sign up online. All volunteers get a Saucony t-shirt when they check in as well as a certificate for hours volunteered.

Just as I suspected, Wyn will be running the marathon (before heading to Halifax and NYC) so best of luck to her and the other participants on Sunday.

Related post: Check out my fun run roundup for more running events in Vancouver this season.

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  1. Tyler IngramTuesday, April 28th, 2009 — 9:11am PDT

    If it wasnt for your blog, I wouldn’t know what sort of events were happening around Vancouver 🙂

    I don’t see things posted around the neighbourhood (since Beach Ave. will be closed), I havent heard anything on TV or Radio, but I haven’t really listened to either much either.

    Now… where should I plant myself to take photos of the marathon! Are you and John going to watch?

  2. wynTuesday, April 28th, 2009 — 9:46am PDT

    Hello! Thanks for the mention 😀

    Tyler, from a spectator’s perspective, the most scenic places you can watch the race is along Beach Ave. and Pacific, the latter for the home stretch. All the half- and full-marathoners will run on Beach and Pacific.

    From a marathoner’s perspective, the Kits portion will be tiresome because we will have run very far by then, and the crowds thin for it’s just marathoners on that stretch. A spectator in Kits would be very uplifting and get to see runners going in both directions.

  3. Tom LeslieTuesday, April 28th, 2009 — 11:24am PDT

    Thanks so much for the mention…..we do REALLY need volunteers!

    Sign up here:

    As for the best place to view and take pictures, check out the “viewpoints” on the map:

    Your best bets would probably be Burrard Bridge or Pacific near the finish line!

    Tom Leslie
    Volunteer Recruitment
    BMO Vancouver Marathon
    [email protected]

  4. BethTuesday, April 28th, 2009 — 11:56pm PDT

    I’m running the half marathon – hope to see some Miss 604 readers as volunteers and/or cheering for us along the way!

  5. » Blog Archive » BMO Vancouver Marathon This SundayWednesday, April 29th, 2009 — 12:24pm PDT

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  6. DuncanMonday, May 4th, 2009 — 6:43pm PDT

    Thank you!


  7. JimThursday, May 7th, 2009 — 9:06pm PDT

    Hi, I took a few photos of the marathon. Have a look and find a friend!

  8. ElisabethMonday, April 26th, 2010 — 11:34am PDT

    Great info, but you’ve got the dates wrong – Friday the 30th of April, Saturday the 1st of May and the race is on Sunday the 2nd of May – I’ll be racing in the half!

  9. Miss604Monday, April 26th, 2010 — 11:45am PDT

    Hi Elisabeth,

    This is a post from April 2009 regarding the 2009 marathon so the dates are correct. I’ll have info about the 2010 event coming this week.



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