The 2012 BMO Vancouver Marathon is just around the corner. Here are some important (unconfirmed) details you should know:

  1. If you are bag-checking items at the start line, your bag will be transported to the finish line. Bag check will go according to start corrals.
  2. There will be five start corrals set-up, which will be monitored for safety. Participants will only be able to enter their designated corral area and will not be able to enter or switch into other corral areas.
  3. In 2011 there were an average of six cups per participant at each water station along the race route. Learning from last year’s experience, organizers have increased the amount to nine cups per participant per station.
  4. Water stations will be located at every mile along the race course, however, there will be less volunteers at each water station compared to previous years.
  5. There will be Gatorade, GU gel and Cliff bars located along the race route in strategically place locations. IE before hills. It’s recommended that you stick to your training and bring your own hydration and nutrition and not experiment on race day.
  6. On race day there will be three cruise ships in Vancouver, adding an extra 5,000 people into the downtown core. Many of these people are expected to visit the finishing area. It’s best to plan to meet friends and relatives inside Canada Place at the end of the race.