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frequently asked questions
What is a marathon
A marathon is a 42.2KM (26.2 mi) long-distance running race. Inspired by the Greek legend of Pheidippides, who ran from Marathon to Athens to deliver victory news. Today, marathons are challenging event that attracts runners worldwide, requiring considerable training, endurance, and mental fortitude. Completing a marathon is a remarkable achievement and often supports charitable causes or promotes fitness.
The BMO Vancouver Marathon in May is Vancouver’s only Marathon, and the host of the BC Marathon Championships.
What is a Half Marathon?
A half marathon is a challenging running race covering 21.1KM (13.1 mi). It’s half the distance of a full marathon, making it a popular choice for runners seeking a challenge. Half marathons attracts participants of all levels and serves as a stepping stone for those aspiring to run a full marathon. Like marathons, half marathons promote fitness, community, and often support charitable causes.
What types of running races are there?
The marathon is one of the most well-known races requiring extensive training and is often seen as the pinnacle of endurance running.
Half marathons cover half the distance of a full marathon at 21.1KM (13.1 mi). They are popular for their achievable yet challenging nature and serve as a stepping stone for those aspiring to complete a full marathon.
Other common race distances include 10K (6.2 mi), 8K (5 mi), and 5K (3.1 mi).
10 Fun Cheers to motivate marathoners
- Keep going!
- You’ve got this!
- You’re amazing!
- Stay strong!
- Push through the pain!
- You’re almost there!
- Believe in yourself!
- Don’t give up!
- Finish strong!
- One step at a time!
From the RUNVAN Community
Running Tips + Advice
By RUNVAN®. With some hard work and training, crossing “Run a Marathon” off your bucket-list is a more attainable feat than you’d think.
By RUNVAN®. It’s no secret – Vancouver is known for its wet and rainy weather, but that shouldn’t stop you from experiencing one of the most beautiful running cities in the world year-round.
By RUNVAN®. The days leading up to race day are key to a successful marathon. And after weeks of intensive training and hard work, you want to give your body time to rest up, recuperate, and prepare.
By RUNVAN®. Finding running shoes that are both comfortable and affordable can prove to be a challenge, but since you will be spending lots of time in them, it’s important to find a pair that you like and fits well.
By RUNVAN®. With several road races spanning from coast to coast, Canada offers some of the most unique and scenic running experiences in the world.
By Nikita Nair. Vancouver is home to some of the most beautiful running trails with a variety of terrain to suit every runner. Not only is the city surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the North Shore mountains, but with some of the best breweries, cafes and restaurants as well!