The Vancouver International Marathon is an annual race held on the first Sunday of May each year in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada . As the largest international marathon event in Canada, it has a certified running distance of 26 miles and 385 yards long. The most recent marathon saw over 12,000 people participated on May 4, 2008. This marathon is certified by the International Association of Athletics Federations & Association of International Marathons and Distance Races as a qualifying marathon race.
The race started in 1972 when a small group of 72 runners ran five loops of Stanley Park to complete the first Vancouver International Marathon (known as Lions Gate Road Runners International Marathon). The marathon grew over the next few years to 300 participants in 1977. However the event suffered a major setback in 1976 when a participant, Dr. Leslie Truelove, collapsed mid-race and died due to aneurysm. In Truelove's memory, the Dr. Leslie Truelove Memorial Trophy has been awarded ever since to the first male finisher in the 50+ age category.
The 1983 race became known as the "Long Marathon" after runners were misdirected during its running — adding an extra 561 yards to the race.
Currently, several different options are available for participants:
Its current title sponsor is the BMO Bank of Montreal thus the marathon is known as BMO Bank of Montreal Vancouver Marathon. Previous title sponsor was Adidas in 2001-2005, known as the Adidas Vancouver International Marathon.
Each year, VIMS recruit volunteers to help with pre-race preparations and race day operation. In total, about 1800 volunteers help to run the marathon smoothly. Volunteers help in areas such as water stations, medical stations, set-up/take down, food services, given out shirts & medals to runners.
The Award ceremony will be held in BC Place around 3:00 on race day. Cash prizes will be presented to the top three male and female full and half marathon runners while merchandise will be awarded to the fastest relay team.
|Year||Male winner||Female winner|
|1976||Ross Jackson||2:22:30||Doris Brown||2:47:34|
|1977||Chris Bolter||2:22:36||Meg Gordon||3:14:32|
|1978||John Hill||2:20:49||Gail McKean||2:55:33|
|1979||Bill Scott||2:15:56||Gail McKean||2:44:53|
|1980||Garry Henry||2:13:14||Marilyn Belwood||2:45:27|
|1981||Brian Morgan||2:19:42||Nancy McLaren||2:48:23|
|1982||Steve Pomeroy||2:16:56||Sue Krenn||/||2:45:25|
|1983||Paul Bannon||2:19:42||Beverly Bush||2:45:23|
|1984||Ric Sayre||2:16:34||Carol Raven||2:52:03|
|1985||Adrian Wellington||2:24:24||Kikue Tejima||2:55:32|
|1986||Hiromi Nishi||2:21:14||Joi Belyk||2:45:37|
|1987||Tetsuji Iwase||2:21:12||Cathy Kroll||2:46:50|
|1988||Mitsumasa Matsuyama||2:19:20||Isabelle Dittberner||2:50:33|
|1989||Shem-Tov Sabag||2:19:41||Anne Mangal||2:50:05|
|1990||Yoshikazu Tanese||2:23:47||Reiko Hirosawa||2:55:41|
|1991||Shigemi Tamori||2:25:01||Misao Miyata||2:52:14|
|1992||Masato Kojima||2:23:24||Yuka Terumuma||2:43:16|
|1993||Hayashi Morozumi||2:18:37||Eniko Feher||2:47:27|
|1994||Makoto Sasaki||2:17:24||Eniko Feher||2:46:24|
|1995||Graciano Gonzalez||2:23:11||Yoko Okuda||2:48:50|
|1996||Juan Gonzalez||2:17:47||Eniko Feher||2:52:38|
|1997||Juan Gonzalez||2:22:53||Eniko Feher||2:49:56|
|1998||Juan Gonzalez||2:22:48||Krystina Pieczulis||2:43:20|
|1999||Atsunari Saito||2:21:33||Krystina Pieczulis||2:43:46|
|2000||Ulrich Steidl||2:18:53||Krystina Pieczulis||2:45:32|
|2001||Ulrich Steidl||2:18:56||Leteyesus Berehe||2:45:51|
|2002||Ulrich Steidl||2:17:01||Angela Strange||2:45:46|
|2003||Ulrich Steidl||2:20:22||Angela Strange||2:46:22|
|2004||Ulrich Steidl||2:18:26||Mary Akor||/||2:44:43|
|2005||Kassahun Kabiso||2:15:40||Rimma Dubovik||2:44:05|
|2006||Kassahun Kabiso||2:18:28||Malgorzata Sobanska||2:37:06|
|2007||Thomas Omwenga||2:25:27||Claudia Camargo||2:35:50|
|2008||Thomas Omwenga||2:15:59||Mary Akor||2:37:54|