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The Basics


  1. What is a Marathon
  2. What is the distance of a marathon?
  3. What types of running races are there?
  4. How long do I need to train for a marathon?
  5. What is the best weather for running a Marathon?
  6. What are the most popular destination races?

BMO Marathon 2016, Location: Science World, Pipeline Road -Stanley Park and Lions Gate Bridge

What is a Marathon?
A marathon is a competitive long-distance race, and is equivalent to 42.2 KM or 26.2 miles.

The BMO Vancouver Marathon in May is Vancouver’s only Marathon, and the host of the BC Marathon Championships.

What is the distance of a Marathon?
A Marathon is equivalent to 42.2 KM or 26.2 miles. A Half Marathon is 21.1KM or 13.1 miles.

What types of running races are there?
There are several race distances for runners to choose from. RUNVAN® offers events ranging from 5KM up to a full Marathon, in addition to shorter distances for kids:

Marathon
BMO Vancouver Marathon (May)

Half Marathon
First Half (February)
BMO Vancouver Marathon (May)
Fall Classic Run (November)

10KM
Granville Island Turkey Trot (October)
Fall Classic Run (November)

8KM
BMO Vancouver Marathon (May)

5KM
Fall Classic Run (November)

Relay
BMO Vancouver Marathon (May)

Kids Run
BMO Vancouver Marathon (May)
Granville Island Turkey Trot (October)

How long do I need to train for a Marathon?
To properly prepare for a Marathon, runners train an average of six to eight months and run four times a week.

You can find a sample 17-week training plan designed by Running Room founder, John Stanton, here.

What is the best weather for a Marathon?
The optimal condition for running a Marathon is clear skies and temperatures between 10ºC and 18ªC.

Vancouver’s only Marathon event is held annually on the first weekend of May. This is traditionally an ideal time to race in Vancouver, and has proven perfect conditions for running a Marathon or Half Marathon.

What are the most popular destination races?
According to Forbes Travel Guide, the top destination marathons in the world include the BMO Vancouver Marathon in May, Tokyo Marathon, Boston Marathon, and New York City Marathon. The full list can be found here.


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Running tips


720x480.2018.M.BMOVM.Inukshuk.Recycle.StunningRunning-45.RUNVAN®.JeffBellAmbassador Blogs
RUNVAN® Ambassadors share their favourite places to run and how they prepare for Vancouver’s most popular races.

720x480.2017.M.BMOVM.BackSkyline.RUNVAN®.BenOwensRunning your first Marathon
With some training and the help of these 6 simple tips, there’s no reason why you can’t cross ‘run a Marathon’ off your bucket-list!

720x480.2017.M.BMOVM.TowardsFinish.RUNVAN®.DhruvMehtaPreparing for race day
The days leading up to race day are key to a successful Marathon. Find 7 race day tips to prepare for the next BMO Vancouver Marathon.

720x480.2018.M.BMOVM.BC.CanadaFlags.BrocktonPoint.RUNVAN®.ClarenceChanTop Marathons in Canada
Canada is home to many scenic Marathons, including the BMO Vancouver Marathon. How many can you check off?

720x480.2017.M.FC.IMG_4629.RUNVAN®.DaveMallari5 tips for running in the rain
Being a runner year-round, you’re bound to run into a few rainy days. Check out these tips to prepare for your next rainy weather run.

720x480.2018.M.FH.IMG_8466-MassesBack.RUNVAN®.DaveMallariMoving from 10k to Half Marathon
For those 10k runners looking for the next challenge, check out these five tips on moving up from a 10k to a Half Marathon.

720x480.2018.M.BMOVM.RowClubSky.StunningRunning-59.RUNVAN®.JeffBellReasons to run a Marathon
On the fence? Running a marathon provides you with a sense of accomplishment, health benefits, and more.

720x480.2017.M.BMOVM.RunnersFeet.RUNVAN®.ChristinePhangFinding the shoe that fits
You’ll be spending lots of time in them. Keep these three tips in mind when shopping for your next pair of running shoes.

720x480.2018.M.BMOVM.BroctonPoint-1926.RUNVAN®.ClarenceChanPopular running brands
Choosing the right running gear is important for both leisure and training. Here are five popular running brands to consider.

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