RUNVAN® – About Us

Vision: Be the hub of running in Canada, offering the world’s most memorable experiences.

Mission: To deliver premiere running events that inspire active lifestyles and invite the world to experience Vancouver.

The Vancouver International Marathon Society is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization (Registration number S22985). The Society relies on a dedicated group of volunteer Board of Directors and over 4,000 invaluable volunteers annually to help stage Vancouver’s only marathon event and other fun activities throughout the year.

Community-based. World-class.

Our vision is to be the hub of running in Canada, offering the world’s most memorable experiences. We may be most well-known for the world-renowned BMO Vancouver Marathon, as Vancouver’s only marathon event is one of the top destination marathons anywhere in the world, and now annually attracts runners from 65+ countries!

Races for Everyone

In addition to organizing the world-class BMO Vancouver Marathon, our non-profit also organizes the local First Half, Granville Island Turkey Trot and Fall Classic, thus offering races for everyone with Kids Runs, a Relay, 5KM, 8KM and 10KM races, Half Marathons, and Vancouver’s only Marathon!

View upcoming races or search by race distance, and join in!

Follow us on social media @runvancanada for other fun events organized throughout the year.

FYI – we also organize free weekly runs every Thursday AM with the Downtown RUNVAN® Club.

Runners not required

While we promote healthy, active lifestyles, you don’t have to be a runner to participate – cheer or volunteer! There are lots of opportunities to get involved with our local non-profit and show your Vancouver spirit. Join in! You may also donate. Our RUN4HOPE charity runners have helped raise over $14.9 million for charity.



The Vancouver International Marathon Society is also a proud founding member of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, AIMS, a member based organization featuring the world’s leading distance races from over 95 countries & territories. The objective of AIMS is to:

  • foster and promote distance running throughout the world
  • work with the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) on matters relating to road races
  • exchange information, knowledge and expertise among members of the association

Legacy since 1972 | RUN | CHEER | VOLUNTEER