Vancouver Marathon

The BMO Vancouver Marathon is an annual marathon which is run on the first Sunday of every May in Vancouver, British Columbia. The distance of the race is 26 miles and 385 yards and is the largest international marathon event in Canada. The current sponsor for the marathon is Bank of Montreal.

It is certified by both the International Association of Athletics Federations & Association of International Marathons and Distance Races as a qualifying marathon race. It started in 1972 after a small group of 46 runners ran five loops of Stanley Park to finish the first Vancouver International Marathon (which was known as Lions Gate Road Runners International Marathon).[1] A Full Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifying event[2] and is 42 km, and a Half Marathon is 21 km.

The Forbes 2014 Travel Guide named the BMO Vancouver Marathon one of the world’s Top Ten Marathons Worth Travelling For that marathon season. It also made their top ten marathon destinations in 2012.[3]


  1. "Association of Road Racing Statisticians". Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Archived from the original on 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  2. "Is the BMO Vancouver Marathon a Boston Qualifier?". BMO Vancouver Marathon. Archived from the original on 2013-05-17. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  3. "Forbes 2014 Travel Guide names the BMO Vancouver Marathon one of the world's Top Ten Marathons Worth Travelling For this marathon season". BMO Vancouver Marathon. Retrieved 2014-03-20.

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