BMO Vancouver Marathon 2013

Thursday, April 25th, 2013 — 6:44pm PDT
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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. maria says:

    The half marathon.

  2. Am says:

    My fave is the half marathon

  3. Ali says:

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

  4. Dennis says:

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

  5. Jessica T says:

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

  6. luc says:

    The Half!

  7. Sunny K says:

    The half! But excited about the 8km!

  8. anna says:

    I really want to do a half…one day πŸ™‚

  9. wyn says:

    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.

  10. Ray Maddly says:

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

  11. Bryan says:

    The 8km race!

  12. Adam Santos says:

    The 8K Teen Challenge is my favourite event!

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

  14. Becky says:

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

  15. Alex says:

    The 8k is a nice distance to run.

  16. Alan Poirier says:

    Mine is the half marathon

  17. Julia says:

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

  18. Debra says:

    I love watching the full marathon by Kits beach!

  19. Kelly Krol says:

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

  20. Tracy Mack says:

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

  21. Jennifer M. says:

    I would prefer the 8km

  22. Radhika K says:

    8km. Also tweeted (@radicalradhika)

  23. Shara says:

    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!

  24. Andrea says:

    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!

  25. Annabelle says:

    I’m excited about the 8km race!

  26. Jeff MacLeod says:

    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.

  27. Angela says:

    My fave is the 8KM! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  28. Sheri says:

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

  29. Erica says:

    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.

  30. James says:

    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!!!

  31. Robyn Smith says:

    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. πŸ™‚

  32. Kevin says:

    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!

  33. Sanaz says:

    The festival is my favourite!

  34. Sarah says:

    The half is my favourite! Love that distance.

  35. Sue says:

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

  36. Vonda says:

    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!

  37. K says:

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

  38. Archana Aggarwal says:

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

  39. Hannah says:

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

  40. Cory says:

    I quite enjoy the half!

  41. Marie K says:

    My favorite is the 8 KM Run πŸ™‚ !

  42. Kristen says:

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

  43. Jas says:

    Half marathon, my goal for next year!

  44. Marianne says:

    The 8K sounds a go!!

  45. Leanne M says:

    I like the half

  46. Carol-Ann Saari says:

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

  47. Erin says:

    i love the street festival!

  48. Siobhan S. says:

    I would rather do the half marathon!

  49. Gary says:

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

  50. Teresa K says:

    8km run

  51. Dimitry Morales says:

    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.

  52. Miranda says:

    I will go for the 8km.

  53. lisanne says:


  54. Swapnil says:

    I love the half marathon!

  55. Antonio says:

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

  56. Tracy says:

    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!

  57. janet says:

    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!

  58. j cabral says:

    A nice 8k thru stanley park

  59. jean says:

    the HALF!

  60. esther says:

    the 8k.

  61. Anna says:

    I’d try the Half

  62. Phoenix says:

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

  63. Katie says:

    The 8K race

  64. Manuel says:

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

  65. Henry says:

    The full! =)

  66. Laura Gonzalez says:

    Halfh Marathon, I am very ready!!!

  67. belinda says:

    Definitely half

  68. Mike says:

    Half Marathon @ Stanley Park May 5th

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