Vancouver’s only marathon started in 1972 when Tom Howard of Surrey, BC, led a handful of marathon runners around five loops of Stanley Park to complete the first “British Columbia Marathon.” Now, the BMO Vancouver Marathon has grown into one of Canada’s greatest running events with races for everyone including a Marathon, Half Marathon, 8KM, Marathon Relay, Walk and Kids Run.
“For the first marathon, we had just a few organizers but only dealing with 32 runners. All had to see the start physician and have a brief physical exam to make sure we could make the distance,” says Jack Taunton, co founder of the event back in 1972. “Today’s marathon is a well oiled machine… nothing but the best.”
“Very proud to see that the torch has been carried with great involvement of the community and great spectators and wonderful entertainment along the course and Finish Line,” says Taunton. “We always wanted to promote health and wellness and now can do it in a very affective fashion.”
“It is a destination weekend and shows off the city so well,” adds Taunton.
The non-profit Vancouver International Marathon Society is dedicated to growing the amazing tradition of the Vancouver Marathon. We are truly committed to presenting a world-class marathon event that is celebrated and cherished in our community.
Ranked by Forbes, CNN, and USA Today as one of the top Destination Marathons in the world, the BMO Vancouver Marathon brings out thousands of participants, volunteers, and spectators every year, now annually welcoming runners from over 50 countries. The event features breathtaking courses and is a must-do race for not only locals but for runners from around the world.
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