BMO Vancouver Marathon Route Map, Road Closures 2024

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Canada’s largest marathon, the BMO Vancouver Marathon is happening Sunday, May 5, 2024, winding its way through the city on a spectacularly scenic course. This year’s event welcomes a record of over 22,000 registrants and invites the community to cheer on runners from over 60 countries. The Vancouver marathon route map, road closures, block party and expo info is available below:

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BMO Vancouver Marathon Route Map
BMO Vancouver Marathon Road Closures
Finish Line & Block Parties
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BMO Vancouver Marathon

Sold out months in advance, each race distance offers a uniquely scenic experience:

  • When: Sunday, May 5, 2024
    • Half Marathon 7:00am start
    • Marathon 8:30am start
    • 8KM 9:30am start
  • Where: 
    • The Marathon and Half Marathon start near Queen Elizabeth Park and finish in Downtown Vancouver.
    • The 8KM starts within Stanley Park on Park Drive near Lagoon Drive.
    • The Kids Run will do a lap of Lost Lagoon and start/finish at Ceperley Playground at Second Beach.

BMO Vancouver Marathon Route Map

Road Closures & Detours

Race routes will impact traffic on Saturday, May 4, 2024, in Vancouver’s Riley Park, Coal Harbour and Downtown area, and on Sunday, May 5, 2024, in Riley Park, South Cambie, Oakridge, Fairview, Kerrisdale, Dunbar, UBC, Point Grey, Kitsilano, West End, Coal Harbour, Chinatown, Yaletown, Cambie, False Creek and Downtown neighbourhoods.

Details and road closure info for each neighbourhood »

A few of the detours and closures that will be in place:

Here are just a few of the closures and detours:

Downtown Vancouver

  • 6:30am-8:00am: Cambie St Bridge From W 2nd To Pacific Blvd – Northbound Closed; Southbound Open
  • 6:45am-8:45am: Dunsmuir Viaduct – Northbound Closed; Use Main St To W Hastings St
  • 9:00am-1:30pm: Burrard St Bridge – Cornwall St To Pacific St – Southbound Lane Closed, Two Northbound Lanes Open
  • 7:30am-12:45pm: Denman St From W Georgia St to Seawall – Closed – Local Traffic Only Via Bayshore Dr At Cardero St

False Creek / Chinatown

  • 6:45am-8:45am: Quebec St/ Columbia St From 1st Ave To E Pender St – Southbound Closed, Northbound Open – Local Traffic Only
  • 6:45am-8:45am: E Pender St From Columbia St To Homer St – Eastbound Closed, Westbound Open
  • 6:45am-8:45am: Union St From Main St To Expo Blvd – Closed
  • 6:45am-8:45am: Pacific Blvd From Nelson St To Quebec St – Closed

Yaletown

  • 7:00am-9:15am Homer St From Pender St To Robson St – Closed
  • 7:00am-9:15am Robson St From Homer St To Hamilton St – Closed
  • 7:00am-9:15am Hamilton St From Robson St To Smithe St – Closed
  • 7:00am-9:15am Helmcken St From Mainland St To Homer St – Closed
  • 7:00am-9:15am Mainland St From Smithe St To Davie St – Closed
  • 7:00am-9:15am Davie St From Mainland St To Pacific Blvd – Closed

West End

  • Block Party By English Bay Along Beach Ave And Gilford St
  • 7:00am-9:15am Pacific St From Richards St To Seymour St – Eastbound Closed
  • 7:00am-9:15am Pacific Blvd From Seymour St To Cambie St – Westbound Closed, Eastbound Open
  • 7:00am-9:15am Granville St From Beach Ave To Pacific Blvd – Closed
  • 7:00am-9:15am Granville St From Beach Ave To Pacific Blvd – Closed
  • 7:00am-9:15am Rolston St And Continental St – Closed
  • 7:00am-9:15am Beach Ave From Granville St To Jervis St – Westbound Open – Local Traffic Only
  • 7:00am-12:45am Beach Ave From Jervis St To Denman St – Eb Closed; Westbound Open
  • 7:00am-9:45am Beach Ave From Denman St To Stanley Park Dr – Eb Closed
  • 9:00am-1:30pm Pacific St From Burrard St To Bidwell St – Eb Closed, Westbound Lanes Open

Stanley Park

  • 6:30am-11:00am All Roads In Stanley Park – Closed (Causeway Open)
  • 9:00am-1:00pm Stanley Park Seawall – Full/partial Closure

Vancouver Marathon Finish Line & Block Parties

BMO Vancouver Marathon Finish Line Party 2023
Finish Line View Downtown

RUNVAN is hosting Block Parties on Race Day at English Bay Beach, in Kitsilano, at Devonian Harbour Park, and Cambie Street. Everyone is invited to come out to enjoy live music, fun activities and snacks, and cheer on runners as they complete Vancouver’s only Marathon. There will be free giveaways across the Block Parties, at the Finish Line and Street Festival. Prizes up for grabs include Brooks Running gear, Marsquest sunglasses, Stance socks, and Fitness World.

Free Expo

Free and open to the public, the event’s Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo runs pre-race Friday (11:00am to 7:00pm) and Saturday (10:00am to 5:00pm) at the Vancouver Convention Centre (999 Canada Place). The Expo features health exhibitors, new gear, free samples, and is the largest Expo of this kind in Canada. 

Meet lots of great vendors featuring the latest fitness gear, health and performance tips, and taste-test a vast array of free samples. Experience energizing activations and displays from top lifestyle and running brands. The Elite Panel on Saturday, 12:00pm features past champs Chris Balestrini and course record holder Yuki Kawauchi of Japan, Olympians Krista Duchene, Natalia Allen, plus guest hosts and Canadian Olympians Evan Dunfee and Natasha Wodak.

About the Marathon

Over $250,000 have been raised this year by runners for charity and over $16M combined through RUN4HOPE, the charity program of the BMO Vancouver Marathon. The charity aims to raise funds for social impact and community good, and foster a spirit of community celebration. 

Recognized by Forbes, CNN, USA Today and others as one of the top destination marathons in the world, the event is renowned for its unique scenic views including snow-capped mountain ranges, cherry blossom trees, and 70% shoreline views. The event began with 32 finishers in 1972, and traditionally sells-out with runners from 65+ countries annually. Follow the BMO Vancouver Marathon on Facebook for more info.

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