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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Marathon?

A marathon is a competitive long-distance race spanning 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. Search by distance.

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 running 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. A complete list can be found here.

From the RUNVAN Community

Running Tips + Advice

Hip Strengthening for Runners

Hip Strengthening for Runners

By Coast Performance Rehab Clinic. It is no surprise that runners are known for having weak hip muscles. Running is a constant forward motion and so little time is spent training with side-to-side movement.

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Race Day Advice for First-Time Marathoners

Race Day Advice for First-Time Marathoners

By RUNVAN®. You’ve put in the work, done the training, and now, Race Day is right around the corner. It’s natural for those Race Day jitters to hit, but it’s important to remember – this is your time to let all that hard work and discipline pay off.

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Core Exercises for Runners

Core Exercises for Runners

By Coast Performance Rehab Clinic. One of the worst things that can happen to a runner is to be sidelined by an injury, especially just before an important race. There are numerous reasons why runners get injured.

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Moving from 10K to Half Marathon

Moving from 10K to Half Marathon

By RUNVAN®. Half Marathons are rapidly trending towards one of the most popular long-distance events, and conquering the 21.1KM means you’re halfway to running the full 42.2KM.

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How to Choose Running and Walking Shoes

How to Choose Running and Walking Shoes

By Rackets & Runners. With thousands of different models of shoes on the market, it’s virtually impossible for consumers to keep up and select the most appropriate brand and model for their individual foot type and function.

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Reasons to Run a Marathon

Reasons to Run a Marathon

By RUNVAN®. To many, running a Marathon may seem like a long-shot – a goal we set without the intention of ever completing it. But with more training resources at our disposal than ever, finishing a Marathon is much more in reach than we’d think.

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