FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENERAL INFO

What’s included in my registration?

Your race package includes a race bib with timing chip, tech shirt, gloves, a gear check bag and Virtual Race Bag, plus a finisher medal. Your fees also help to cover traffic management plans and deliver a world-class race. As a non-profit, RUNVAN® directs all entry fees back into the race itself. 

Is the BMO Vancouver Marathon a Boston Qualifier?

Yes, the BMO Vancouver Marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. In fact, the BMO Vancouver Marathon is continually one of the Top 20 qualifying races for the Boston Marathon ranked against all eligible marathons around the world according to MarathonGuide.com.

Registration

Can I receive a refund?

Entry fees for the BMO Vancouver Marathon weekend events are non-refundable. Please visit our Race Policies for more details.

May I defer my race to another year?

Yes, for medical reasons only you may apply for deferral. Please visit our Race Policies for more details.

May I transfer my race to another participant?

All races are non-transferrable from one participant to another for safety, legal and lability reasons. Please visit our Race Policies for more details.

The Society reserves the right to disqualify any individual from the BMO Vancouver Marathon event. This disqualification may be based on, but is not limited to, all race policies; competing with an unofficial bib number; competing with a bib number assigned to another race distance within the event; competing with an official bib number assigned to another person; transferring or attempting to transfer an official bib number, or to obtain such bib number, from another person; and providing false information on the race entry form. Individuals disqualified from a race will be removed from the race results and may be barred from future events.

MANAGING YOUR REGISTRATION

How do I edit my Runner Profile?

To edit your runner profile, login to the Participant Dashboard. You may change your registration class, shirt sizes, Estimated Finish Time. To change your Name or Email Address, contact our non-profit offices via email: [email protected]

Can I switch events?

Space permitting, runners registered in another event may switch race distances.

How do i change my estimated finish time?

You may edit your estimated finish time through your Participant Dashboard before the cut-off date in mid-April.

How do I create or join a team?

To create a fun team, login to the Participant Dashboard, and click “EDIT: alter your registration details”. Afterwards, click “Create a Team” under the dropdown menu labelled “Team Name”. If you have 10+ team members, email [email protected] for a special group discount code. Fun teams can be created across all events and are different than a Relay team.

To join a team, do so during the registration process or simply login to the Participant Dashboard, and click “EDIT: alter your registration details”. Afterwards, click on a team to join under the dropdown menu labelled “Team Name”.

Package pickup

Where do I pickup my race package?

Package Pickup is located at the Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo, prior to race day, at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.

Address:
Vancouver Convention Centre West
1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC

Expo / Package Pickup Hours:
Friday, May 1, 10am – 7pm
Saturday, May 2, 10am – 6pm

Package Pickup is NOT available on race day. Race packages and bibs can only be picked up at the Expo and are not mailed out.

What is included in my race package?

Your race package includes a race bib with embedded timing chip, short-sleeved tech shirt, gloves, a gear check bag and Virtual Race Bag.

What do I need to bring to package pickup?

Please bring your registration confirmation with your bib number, and picture ID.

May I pickup someone else’s race package?

No, every runner must pick up their own package during the Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo.

Race Start

Where is the start line?

The Start Line is inside Queen Elizabeth Park for the Marathon, Half Marathon, and Marathon Relay Leg 1. The 8KM race and Kids Run start within Stanley Park. TravelSmart. For TravelSmart tips, please click here. All of the Sunday races share an energized downtown Finish Line and Street Festival.

Is there parking at the start?

No, parking for Marathon, Marathon Relay and Half Marathon runners will not be allowed in residential neighbourhoods adjacent to Queen Elizabeth Park, nor on Cambie Street. Note: The 8KM Race has a different Start Line and Gear Check. Please see the event specific pages for more details.

We strongly encourage participants to use public transit. Free transit tickets will be provided for pickup at the Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo for Marathon and Half Marathon runners, who also may sign-up for shuttles to the Start Line if located in North Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey and Coquitlam. 8KM runners may utilize the included 8KM shuttles from their downtown Gear Check location

When should I get to the Start Line?

All participants who wish to use Gear Check should arrive at the Start Line at least 60 minutes prior to their race start time. If you are not using Gear Check, please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your race start time. TravelSmart

Can family and friends come with me to the Start Line?

Yes, there are spectator viewing spots near the Start Line. Also, there are Spectator Hot Spots along the course and a terrific Finish Line viewing area. Join in and run, cheer or volunteer. The fun Community Cheer Challenge also allows spectators the opportunity to win prizes by cheering!

What are corrals?

Corrals are designated start areas to provide a smooth and fast start for the Marathon, Half Marathon and 8KM. Corrals help to space participants safely, ensuring minimal line-ups at aid stations throughout the course. Corrals are assigned by Estimated Finish Times provided at registration.Learn more.

On Course

May I walk the race?

Yes, the BMO Vancouver Marathon is open to all participants who wish to register and who can achieve the pace required.

The Marathon has a course limit of 7 hours, the Half Marathon 4 hours, and the 8KM 1.5 hours. To ensure the safety of our participants, the City of Vancouver requires the races to follow a rolling closure/open protocol, which means that the roads will not be closed for the entire duration of the races.

Marathon course time limit details: The Burrard Bridge on the Marathon course is closed to traffic until 1PM. As such participants must maintain an 8-minute per kilometre pace approximately up until 30KM or just past the bridge. After the bridge is crossed, participants can slow their pace to approximately a 14-minute per kilometre pace from Burrard Bridge to the Finish Line. Participants must complete the marathon distance, Start Line to Finish Line, within the seven hour event time requirement. A designated cyclist marshal will monitor and encourage participants to stay on pace and to ensure completion within the cut-off time. After three gentle reminders, any participants still out on course after the cut-off times will be asked to remove their bibs and will no longer receive support from the event. A sweep vehicle will be available for pick up if necessary.

Since the races take place on roads, participants will not be allowed to start early due to live traffic and safety concerns. The course and stations will not be open until the roads are clear and it is deemed safe for participants. Any participant attempting to start early will not receive a finisher medal. In addition, the timing company will register your time as DNF or Did Not Finish.

Nordic Pole Walkers are not encouraged because of the congestion on the course, however, should poles be required for participation, then participants will be placed in the last corral. In addition, nordic pole walkers and walkers will be instructed to walk at the side of the course to reduce any potential congestion.

May I run with headphones?

For the runner’s safety, music devices are not encouraged. There is no risk of disqualification for simple use. If a runner puts themselves or other runners at risk through an unsafe act that event officials determine was caused directly or indirectly through the use of a prohibited item however, the runner may be disqualified.

When should I get to the Start Line?

All participants who wish to use Gear Check should arrive at the Start Line at least 60 minutes prior to their race start time. If you are not using Gear Check, please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your race start time. TravelSmart

Are there water stations on course? What products are there?

Yes, there are water and aid stations approximately every 2KM on course. Water and electrolyte beverages will be available on-course provided by Nuun, the official electrolyte drink sponsor of the BMO Vancouver Marathon.

Clif gels and bars will also be available at select water stations.

Are there pacers on course?

Yes, Pace Bunnies provided by Running Room will be located in the appropriate corrals at the Start Line and will be consistently running 10 minutes and then walking 1 minute for “10’s and 1’s”. Each Pace Bunny will run even splits. In other words, every KM will be run in approximately the same amount of time.

Marathon Pace Times: 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:45, 3:50, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00

Half Marathon Pace Times: 1:30, 1:45, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30

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604.872.2928

Email

[email protected]

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