The BMO Vancouver Marathon is happening this coming Sunday, May 6th and they have two new courses to showcase. The route will wind through neighbourhoods and around shorelines, from Queen Elizabeth Park to Pacific Spirit Park and UBC, clear through to Stanley Park and the Sea Wall.
Traffic disruption will occur in the West End, Coal Harbour, Chinatown, Yaletown, Riley Park, South Cambie, Kerrisdale, Dunbar, UBC, Kitsilano, Point Grey, and False Creek.
Organizers want to make sure the public is aware of this major event and that the Sea Wall will be closed entirely to pedestrian traffic from 9:00am to 12:00pm on Sunday — from Second Beach to Lumberman’s Arch. One lane will be open on the Sea Wall from 8:00am to 4:00pm around English Bay and Coal Harbour. This is to accomodate both the full and half marathon runners.
Major road closures will be 33rd & Main St (local access only, 12:00am to 11:00am), Cambie from 29th to 41st (6:00am to 9:00am), Burrard from Pender to Hastings (1 lane 6:00am to 4:00pm), Pender from Burrard to Georgia (westbound lanes closed 6:00am to 4:00pm), and all Stanley Park Roads (excluding the causeway) will be closed from 7:00am to 10:30am. Download this PDF document for a full list of closures.
Bus re-route information can be found on the Translink website.
Charlene Krepiakevich, Executive Director of the Vancouver International Marathon Society said: “Runners are eager to participate in the inaugural launch of our new courses. Building on the 40 year legacy of this event, the BMO Vancouver Marathon has now become a Canadian flagship event, is a Boston and NY qualifier and is now recognized as a Forbes top 10 destination marathon.”
This is the most significant traffic plan (600 pages) since the Vancouver 2010 Olympics as it covers 63 kilometers and could affect over 33,000 residents. Any residents or visitors with questions or concerns can call the 24-hour service line at (604) 872-2928. Follow the BMO Vancouver Marathon on Twitter for news and updates.