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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, May 6, 2018
2017: Sunday, May 7, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 53°F (11°C)
Average High: 61°F (16°C)
Average Low: 46° F (7°C)

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.71
Course Score: 98.71

Race Size

2017: 3,577 Finishers
2016: 3,778 Finishers
2015: 3,578 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 11.3%
2016: 9%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

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Marathon Rankings

The Vancouver Marathon was the 3rd largest marathon in Canada last year and was the 2nd largest in 2016.

Last year 11.3% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 9% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Vancouver Marathon the 30th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in Canada last year and the 38th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 98.71 ranks it as the 20th fastest marathon course in Canada and the 3rd fastest course in British Columbia.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Vancouver Marathon a PR Score of 98.71. This PR Score ranks it as the 18th fastest marathon in Canada and the 3rd fastest in British Columbia.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 340 feet (103m)
Min Elevation: 14 feet (4m)


Recent Vancouver Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 2 Reviews
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review of 2017 Vancouver Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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.

review of 2014 Vancouver Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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.

Finish Time Equivalent

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