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Vancouver Marathon Reviews

5.0 Stars from 2 Runners


By about 2017


Very, very scenic and the best is saved for last (exept last 1.5km which is back to streets for the finish downtown) where the route is the sea wall around Stanley Park.

There is a 1/2 and a relay as well. Good expo, good race shirt. Starting area was very well organized.

Race Tips

Pretty flat, one hill around 9km. can except cool (10-15c temps) and possibility of rain. This year (2017) was 15c sunny no rain. Was perfect.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Stay down town.Recommend VRBO or something like that but all price range of hotels are available as well. Tons of restaraunts and shopping. Since winter olympics there is a train from airport to down town. Really makes it easy.

Americans 1.00US = 1.37CDN, your dollar goes a long way in Canada.

5 / 5 Stars


By about 2014


Well organized race with plenty of volunteers and good expo. What makes this race stand out is the scenery. Incredible ocean views then the final 12KMs are around the Stanley Park sea wall into downtown Vancouver.

The first half has a long descent then some climbing. A sharp climb with pretty good crowds followed by false flat for a mile or two. My pace went from 7flat/mile to 7:08 during this 3 miles stretch. from there you go into UBC Campus and enjoy a great descent into Kitsilano where the ocean views start for last half. Great crowds here. From there you go over the bridge into Vancouver and around the sea wall. Quite possibly the most beautiful run in Canada is the sea wall.

Race Tips

Pacing the first 10K because it is primarly down hill. Like Boston, don't get carried away!

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Race site has race registration / hotel booking combination discounts.

5 / 5 Stars

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