One of Canada’s greatest running events is set to celebrate its 45th anniversary on May 1, 2016. Now with a variety of races for runners of all kinds, the BMO Vancouver Marathon now has a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon relay, 8KM, a Kids Run, and a new 2.5 KM walk, coming a long way since it’s humble beginnings back in 1972.
“For the first marathon, we had just a few organizers, but only 32 runners. All had to see the start physician and have a brief physical exam to make sure we could make the distance,” says Jack Taunton, co-founder of the original event. “Today’s marathon is a well-oiled machine from marketing, which we never had, the excellent marathon clinics, chip timing, a first-class Expo to get your number and shirt, all the latest in training aids, transit to the start, and first-class Start and Finish Lines—nothing but the best.”
The May 1 event draws in thousands of spectators, volunteers, and runners from all over the world with participation of over 50 countries last year.
“The BMO Vancouver Marathon includes breathtaking courses and is a must-do race for not only locals but for runners from around the world,” says Charlene Krepiakevich, Executive Director of Vancouver International Marathon Society, the non-profit organization responsible for the BMO Vancouver Marathon.
Not only will the event allow its runners to fundraise for the greater good, it will continue to keep community involvement alive with the help of 4000 volunteers and the assistance of 40 charity organizations.
In addition, the 2016 event will build on newly introduced improvements and provide its participants and attendees with vouchers, discounts, complimentary Canadaline tickets and shuttle transportation on certain locations and various venues throughout. “Very proud to see that the torch has been carried with great involvement of the community and great spectators and wonderful entertainment along the course and Finish Line,” says Taunton. “We always wanted to promote health and wellness and now can do it in a very affective fashion.”
Registrations are now open. For more information please visit www.bmovanmarathon.ca