BMO Vancouver Marathon 2013

Comments 74 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The BMO Vancouver Marathon is fast-approaching this year as runners from the city and around the world take to the Seawall and the streets. With under 500 spots left space is quickly filling up for the marathon and associated races that include:



Ranked a Top 10 Destination Marathon by Forbes for its stunning beauty and scenic route, ranked “most exotic” marathon by CNN, the BMO Vancouver Marathon leads runners on a 42.2 kilometre journey through parks, neighbourhoods and bustling city streets. Enjoy the fresh-air alongside natural beaches and breathe a sense of wonder at the backdrop of surrounding mountains.

Full Route

Run Vancouver’s premier urban Half-Marathon event featuring a fast downhill start with the most spectacular skyline and North Shore mountain views combined with a journey past the city’s eclectic iconic landmarks.

The 8KM route is a beautiful scenic course which begins in Vancouver’s very own famous Stanley Park, it will follow the last 8KM of the Vancouver Half Marathon, winding along the majestic cedar, hemlock, and fir trees, to an environment rich in tranquility, towards the exciting downtown Finish Line. Your 8KM Run experience does not end after your hard earned run; you are encouraged to enjoy the Street Festival along with your family and friends and watch the exciting arrival of the Half Marathon Elite athletes.

Half and 8KM Routes

This year’s event will include a Kids 1-Mile Fun Run course presented by Saucony designed just for children on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Our West Coast, healthy lifestyle is rubbing off on the youngest of our population with many kids literally following in their parents’ footsteps. The run will be a great way to introduce kids ages 6-12 to the marathon event experience while also encouraging individual development and a healthy lifestyle.


Even if you’re not a runner, you can still enjoy the Street Festival on marathon weekend with food sampling, dancers, a Kids Zone, souvenir products and more on Hastings. This family-friendly street festival will last from 8:30am to 2:00pm on race day, Sunday, May 5, 2013. Runners can invite friends and family to watch them cross the Finish Line and enjoy the entertainment.


The BMO Vancouver Marathon has saved a special spot for one Miss604 reader this year in their new 8KM race AND they are going to include the following prize pack to give away to that reader as well:

  • A pair of Saucony Running Shoes
  • Running Jacket from Saucony
  • Official BMO Vancouver Marathon Race t-shirt
  • BMO Gloves for Race Day
  • PowerBar energy products

Here’s how you can win your way into the 8KM race and collect the prize pack:

  • Leave a comment naming your favourite BMO Vancouver Marathon event (of those listed above) (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win your way into the @BMOVanMarathon 8K on May 5 + a prize pack from @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, April 29, 2013. Follow the BMO Vancouver Marathon on Twitter and Facebook for more race and event information.

Update The winner is Kevin!

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  1. mariaThursday, April 25th, 2013 — 6:48pm PDT

    The half marathon.

  2. AmThursday, April 25th, 2013 — 7:24pm PDT

    My fave is the half marathon

  3. AliThursday, April 25th, 2013 — 7:26pm PDT

    I’ve got the full marathon on my bucket list! One day…

  4. DennisThursday, April 25th, 2013 — 7:26pm PDT

    Don’t run much but the festival with the kids should be a blast

  5. Jessica TThursday, April 25th, 2013 — 7:41pm PDT

    I’m super excited for the kids marathon!y kids are doing it!

  6. lucThursday, April 25th, 2013 — 8:10pm PDT

    The Half!

  7. Sarah CThursday, April 25th, 2013 — 8:42pm PDT

    The half!

  8. Sunny KThursday, April 25th, 2013 — 8:56pm PDT

    The half! But excited about the 8km!

  9. annaThursday, April 25th, 2013 — 9:03pm PDT

    I really want to do a half…one day 🙂

  10. wynThursday, April 25th, 2013 — 9:16pm PDT

    half-marathon – the perfect distance. love the recent (partial) rebranding and the improved route. makes me want to register again to get some of the new branding swag.

  11. Ray MaddlyThursday, April 25th, 2013 — 10:33pm PDT

    Honestly, I love that the kids get a 1 mile Fun Run- start their interest in being healthy at an early age.

  12. BryanThursday, April 25th, 2013 — 10:56pm PDT

    The 8km race!

  13. Adam SantosThursday, April 25th, 2013 — 11:36pm PDT

    The 8K Teen Challenge is my favourite event!

  14. Yuri ArtibiseFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 12:27am PDT

    Half is my current favourite distance, but I’m gearing up fora full marathon, so that may change by next year!

  15. KrystinFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 12:32am PDT

    The Full race!

  16. BeckyFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 8:49am PDT

    The new 8km race looks interesting! I would love to try it out, and it’s perfect timing after the Sun Run last weekend!

  17. AlexFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 9:06am PDT

    The 8k is a nice distance to run.

  18. Alan PoirierFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 9:45am PDT

    Mine is the half marathon

  19. JuliaFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 10:28am PDT

    8k is more doable for me!
    Hopefully I’ll be able to do a half next year

  20. DebraFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 10:28am PDT

    I love watching the full marathon by Kits beach!

  21. Kelly KrolFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 10:32am PDT

    I just did the Sun Run for the 1st time EVER, so I’d like to try the 1/2:o)

  22. Tracy MackFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 10:36am PDT

    Full Marathon is on the bucket list! 2014 here I come!

  23. Jennifer M.Friday, April 26th, 2013 — 10:39am PDT

    I would prefer the 8km

  24. Radhika KFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 10:55am PDT

    8km. Also tweeted (@radicalradhika)

  25. SharaFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 11:26am PDT

    Wow, even I wouldn’t be intimidated by an 8km run…especially in a new pair of Saucony’s, which is one of the only companies I can get AA width shoes for my narrow feet! Woohoo!

  26. AndreaFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 11:37am PDT

    My favourite is the marathon, but my plump and aging body hasn’t done that distance in some years. 8km would be a good (re)start!

  27. AnnabelleFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 11:41am PDT

    I’m excited about the 8km race!

  28. Jeff MacLeodFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 11:44am PDT

    As I am going to be walking the half marathon for the Surrey Music one later this year, hopefully, I would say that my favourite would be the half marathon.

  29. AngelaFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 11:45am PDT

    My fave is the 8KM! 🙂 🙂

  30. SheriFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 11:46am PDT

    The full!! Can’t wait to do it again!!!

  31. EricaFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 11:46am PDT

    I’ve got the 8km on my radar! I’m new to the running scene and I haven’t officially signed up for any runs as I’m to scared of failing. If I won I would for sure push myself & maybe this is the door way to what I needed.

  32. JamesFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 11:48am PDT

    My running shoes are worn out. I’d want to run the half, I have not been training for a full marathon yet. I will be ready by next year for sure!!!

  33. Robyn SmithFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 11:48am PDT

    I’d love to work up to it and say the half marathon is my favourite for next year. But for now, probably the 8k. 🙂

  34. KevinFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 11:54am PDT

    I wanted to do the Half but din’t train nearly enough this seasons for it. I didn’t know that there was an 8km! That, I could do!

  35. SanazFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 11:56am PDT

    The festival is my favourite!

  36. SarahFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 11:58am PDT

    The half is my favourite! Love that distance.

  37. SueFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 12:11pm PDT

    The 8k sounds like it would be a lovely, scenic run and therefore is my favourite.

  38. VondaFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 12:14pm PDT

    I’d love to run the 8K! Have only started running in the last couple of years and have caught the bug!! Would love to take in the festival afterwards too!

  39. KFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 12:32pm PDT

    The Street Festival seems like something that shouldn’t be missed!

  40. Archana AggarwalFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 12:42pm PDT

    I did the half marathon a couple years ago and it was awesome! My knee could only handle the 8km these days though…

  41. HannahFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 12:55pm PDT

    Would love to do the 8K to keep up with my training!

  42. CoryFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 1:13pm PDT

    I quite enjoy the half!

  43. Marie KFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 1:15pm PDT

    My favorite is the 8 KM Run 🙂 !

  44. KristenFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 4:15pm PDT

    My favourite is the full marathon. One day I’ll do it!

  45. JasFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 5:22pm PDT

    Half marathon, my goal for next year!

  46. MarianneFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 7:35pm PDT

    The 8K sounds a go!!

  47. Leanne MFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 10:46pm PDT

    I like the half

  48. Leanne MFriday, April 26th, 2013 — 10:47pm PDT

  49. Carol-Ann SaariSaturday, April 27th, 2013 — 7:57am PDT

    I’ve run the half marathon twice, it’s a beautiful way to see the city

  50. ErinSaturday, April 27th, 2013 — 12:39pm PDT

    i love the street festival!

  51. Siobhan S.Saturday, April 27th, 2013 — 2:02pm PDT

    I would rather do the half marathon!

  52. KatieSaturday, April 27th, 2013 — 2:05pm PDT

    The half!

  53. GarySaturday, April 27th, 2013 — 5:54pm PDT

    More of a festival enjoyer, though could maybe muster the energy for the half

  54. CyndiSaturday, April 27th, 2013 — 6:06pm PDT


  55. Teresa KSaturday, April 27th, 2013 — 8:39pm PDT

    8km run

  56. Dimitry MoralesSunday, April 28th, 2013 — 12:33am PDT

    The new Kids 1-Mile Fun Run course is a great idea because it’s never too early to promote having fun doing physical fitness.

  57. MirandaSunday, April 28th, 2013 — 11:27am PDT

    I will go for the 8km.

  58. lisanneSunday, April 28th, 2013 — 11:28am PDT


  59. SwapnilSunday, April 28th, 2013 — 2:14pm PDT

    I love the half marathon!

  60. AntonioSunday, April 28th, 2013 — 2:34pm PDT

    I think the kids 1km run is a great idea to get kids involved

  61. TracySunday, April 28th, 2013 — 5:23pm PDT

    I’ve been a sideline cheerleader for the full marathon for years – I enjoy it every year. I would love to win this entry into the 8k!

  62. nicoleSunday, April 28th, 2013 — 6:55pm PDT

    The half!!!

  63. janetSunday, April 28th, 2013 — 7:09pm PDT

    The full marathon is my favourite! I will cheer my fiance and sister on this year as they do the full, but would like to do the 8K!

  64. j cabralSunday, April 28th, 2013 — 7:12pm PDT

    A nice 8k thru stanley park

  65. jeanSunday, April 28th, 2013 — 8:19pm PDT

    the HALF!

  66. estherSunday, April 28th, 2013 — 9:25pm PDT

    the 8k.

  67. AnnaSunday, April 28th, 2013 — 11:45pm PDT

    I’d try the Half

  68. PhoenixSunday, April 28th, 2013 — 11:53pm PDT

    The full marathon is where my heart is,but the rest of my body insists on the half.

  69. KatieMonday, April 29th, 2013 — 9:15am PDT

    The 8K race

  70. ManuelMonday, April 29th, 2013 — 10:09am PDT

    One day I might try the half! For now 8k is good.

  71. HenryMonday, April 29th, 2013 — 11:52am PDT

    The full! =)

  72. Laura GonzalezMonday, April 29th, 2013 — 12:08pm PDT

    Halfh Marathon, I am very ready!!!

  73. belindaMonday, April 29th, 2013 — 12:28pm PDT

    Definitely half

  74. MikeTuesday, April 30th, 2013 — 2:52pm PDT

    Half Marathon @ Stanley Park May 5th

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