Press Release

The Jerome Classic, one of the biggest track and field events in Canada, is undergoing an exciting new partnership between two non-profits, the Vancouver International Marathon Society RUNVAN® and the Achilles International Track and Field Society.

Known for hosting the best running events in Canada, RUNVAN® is excited to elevate the Jerome Classic to new heights while preserving the meet’s legendary history. The team is partnering with the event’s original founders and volunteers moving forward.

The Jerome Classic was initially created by the Achilles Society beginning in 1964 as a build-up and preview of the Tokyo Olympics. Since then, the event has been a cornerstone of Canada’s athletic landscape. The Jerome Classic is affectionately named after iconic Olympian Harry Jerome for his outstanding athletic performances, and for his post competitive role supporting youth sports in the community.

The Jerome Classic is where speed reigns and strength launches athletes into motion, hosting legendary Olympic athletes such as Damien Warner, Andre de Grasse, Camryn Rogers, Melissa Bishop, Evan Dunfee and others. The event also hosts a youth relay race annually.

RUNVAN® and the Achilles Society are proud to continue supporting Canadian athletes including current and future Olympians, while also inspiring the next generation. This year’s event will be part of Athletics Canada National Track and Field Tour, as well as the World Athletics Continental Tour.

Set to take place on Saturday, June 15, 2024 at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, BC, the addition of the Jerome Classic to the RUNVAN® event series, expands on RUNVAN®’s mission to invite the world to experience the Province through premiere athletic events.

As part of the partnership, RUNVAN® will leverage its extensive network and resources to enhance the overall event experience for all athletes, spectators, and volunteers alike.

“We are thrilled to form this partnership with the Achilles International Track and Field Society and to push their vision of the Jerome Classic to new levels,” adds RUNVAN® Race Director Eric Chéné. “The meet has long been synonymous with excellence in athletics, and RUNVAN® is committed to preserving and enhancing that legacy with the help of key partners such as Athletics Canada, the Government of Canada and City of Burnaby.”

The community is invited to see inspiring athletes at their best. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be a part of track and field history.

You’ll want to be here. For more information about the Jerome Classic, please visit: thejeromeclassic.ca.

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The Vancouver International Marathon Society RUNVAN® is a non-profit that organizes the First Half presented by BlueShore Financial, BMO Vancouver Marathon, the Jerome Classic, Granville Island Turkey Trot and Great Trek presented by BlueShore Financial. runvan.org/races