Forbes Travel again ranks BMO Vancouver Marathon ‘Top Marathon Worth Traveling For’
Vancouver’s only marathon event featured for its stunning scenery in prestigious global rankings
Vancouver, BC – February 12, 2016 –
Vancouver again ranks among the world’s best. Forbes Travel has placed the BMO Vancouver Marathon alongside Big Sur, London, Rio de Janeiro, the Great Wall of China, Rome and Paris, as one of the 12 ‘Top Marathons Worth Traveling For’. Welcoming thousands of international runners and showcasing Vancouver’s stunning scenery, the BMO Vancouver Marathon represents as Canada’s top destination race.
“Runners from more than 50 countries will fly to Vancouver,” writes Forbes. “You’ll tour the Canadian city, as the course leads you through 12 neighborhoods, six beaches, three parks and the picturesque Seawall, the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path. The best part is the views — you’ll get a glimpse of everything from snow-capped mountain ranges to cherry blossom trees. Even better: 70 percent of the race offers shoreline vistas.”
Forbes Travel’s last rankings of the ‘Top 10 Marathons Worth Traveling For’ in 2014 and 2012 also featured the BMO Vancouver Marathon. The Vancouver Marathon is the only Canadian event to crack any of those rankings and one of just a few events to make all three lists consecutively alongside other world-renown marathons in London, Athens and Paris.
A look at the event’s website, bmovanmarathon.ca, sees a plethora of other top rankings including being labeled a ‘perfect destination race vacation’ by Canadian Running Magazine, a ‘Spring race all runners should try’ by USA Today, and one of the ‘Most Exotic Marathons’ by CNN Travel.
“Since 2012, our vision since has been to be the world’s best running experience, celebrating all that is Vancouver,” adds Charlene Krepiakevich, Executive Director of the non-profit Vancouver International Marathon Society, organizers of the event. “We are honoured that Forbes Travel has again included the BMO Vancouver Marathon as one of the top destination marathons anywhere in the world and look forward to showcasing our world-class event on the global stage this Spring.”
Runners from over 50 countries have already signed up for the 45th Vancouver Marathon on May 1, 2016, in an event that now actually features six different races with shared Finish Lines. In addition to its marquee marathon, the BMO Vancouver Marathon will host the BC Half Marathon Championships on May 1, 2016, a Marathon Relay, 8KM race, new 2.5KM Walk and Kids Run, plus host a free three-day Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo, April 28-30.
To help keep up with the global demand, the event increased its Sport Tour Operators program 75% this year, and returned its special with the hotel booking engine Marathon.beVancouver.com allowing spectators to enjoy great hotel deals, and destination runners to save on their race registration.
BMO Vancouver Marathon prices will increase on March, 15 at 11:59PM PST.
Read the Forbes Travel: ’12 Top Marathons Worth Traveling For’ here. Listed was the BMO Vancouver Marathon, Big Sur International Marathon, Maratona di Roma, Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon, Rio de Janeiro Marathon, Virgin Money London Marathon, Great Wall Marathon, Nantucket Half Marathon, French Riviera Marathon, Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon, Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris and the BMW Berlin Marathon.