International demand for the award-winning event continues to grow

Vancouver, BC – December 3, 2015 – The number of Sport Tour Operators partnered with the BMO Vancouver Marathon has grown from 16 to 28 in the last year as global interest in Vancouver’s marathon weekend continues to grow.

China leads the way adding eight new Sport Tour Operators to the program, while new operators in Japan, Brazil, and Canada have added to the list of companies now offering complete travel, accommodation and race entry packages into the BMO Vancouver Marathon on May 1, 2016.

International runners may now conveniently coordinate their trips with Sport Tour Operators in the countries of Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico and Singapore.

Attracting runners from over 50 countries in 2015, the BMO Vancouver Marathon hopes the expansion of its Sport Tour Operators program will help even more international runners make their way to beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.

“Our race weekend now includes races for all types of athletes – including our stunning point-to-point Marathon, Marathon Relay with distances from 5KM – 13KM, a fast Half Marathon, a majestic 8KM through Stanley Park, a new 2.5KM Walk, and a super fun Kids Run. There is something for everyone!” adds Charlene Krepiakevich, Executive Director of the non-profit Vancouver International Marathon Society, organizers of event. “Plus, our three-day Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo at the downtown Olympic built Vancouver Convention Centre West, makes the BMO Vancouver Marathon an exciting multiple day destination experience.”

“We are thrilled that Sport Tour Operators are choosing to promote the BMO Vancouver Marathon as a top destination race, and are eager to welcome athletes and their families from around the world to our world-class city and marathon weekend.”

With thousands of raving spectators along the course and an amazing crew of 4,000 volunteers, the BMO Vancouver Marathon has garnered international praise for its unique scenic views including snow-capped mountain ranges, cherry blossom trees, and 70% shoreline views.

The BMO Vancouver Marathon has been ranked by Forbes, CNN and USA Today as one of the world’s top destination marathons. In their latest issue, Canadian Running Magazine further named the BMO Vancouver Marathon one of “Canada’s Gold Label Races” and a “perfect destination race vacation”.

To help destination runners, in addition to offering complete travel packages through Sport Tour Operators, the BMO Vancouver Marathon offers 50% off race registration for those who book their hotel stay directly at Marathon.beVancouver.com, and a special room rate at the event’s Marathon Weekend Host Hotel, the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel.

To learn more and book your race vacation, please visit bmovanmarathon.ca.

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