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BMO Vancouver Marathon registration now open for city’s only 42.2K race

Registration is now open for the 2017 BMO Vancouver Marathon, one of the country's top road running events, and is expected to sell out (photo: Chris Morris).

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Runners can now secure a spot on the starting line of Vancouver’s only marathon. Registration for next year’s BMO Vancouver Marathon, slated for May 7, 2017, opened on Friday. The race, which sold out in 2016, will be celebrating its 46th anniversary next spring.

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Seventy per cent of the marathon course features shoreline views and all six of the weekend events pass through Stanley Park, one of the country’s most well-known running landmarks. The marathon is point-to-point and is considered one of the most beautiful courses in the country.

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The race is an ideal opportunity for runners to hit their respective Boston Marathon qualifying standards. The marathon costs $121 and the half-marathon costs $91 until Nov. 30. The organizers of the Vancouver Marathon expect the race to sell out once again so runners are encouraged to register early for the spring 2017 race.

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The lowest tier of prices will last between now and Nov. 30. The weekend’s six events include the marathon, marathon relay, half-marathon, 8K, kids run and 2.5K walk. One of the highlights of the event is running on the city’s seawall, the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path.

The race has grown 60 per cent in participation since 2011 and in 2016 featured 16,500 registered participants from more than 60 countries. The marathon is capped at 5,000 participants while the half-marathon has double the capacity at 10,000 available spots for runners and walkers.

The link to register can be found here.