This article was published on May 1st, 2011
Over 15,000 registrants are expected to take part in the 40th BMO Vancouver Marathon including the marathon’s original winner, Tom Howard. Howard was elated 40 years ago after finishing first at the premier event, and he’s almost as excited to be back to run in the Half Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2011.
Here are some fun facts about the 2011 BMO Vancouver Marathon:
- In 1972 the original marathon was called the “British Columbia Marathon”. 46 runners signed up for the first race; only 32 completed the event.
- BMO Bank of Montreal has been a sponsor of the event for the last six years
- There are four races: the Marathon, 21.1 km Half Marathon, 8 km and McDonald’s Kids MaraFun
- The course is a Boston and New York Marathon qualifying event
- The event is organized and operated by the Vancouver International Marathon Society
- There are more that 15,000 participants expected this year; 10,400 from British Columbia
- 40 countries are represented – top countries are United States, Japan, Mexico, Germany & U.K.
- More than 1,500 children will run in the McDonald’s Kids MaraFun
- 63% of the 21.1 km Half Marathon participants are women
- One of the few marathons in North America using 30,000 litres of Britta filtered, bottle-free water, eliminating 60,000 standard 500mL water bottles
- Over 1700 volunteers are required to assist with staging all aspects of the BMO Vancouver Marathon.
- 75,00 safety pins, 250,000 compostable cups, 10,000 feet of fencing
- 140 portable toilets, 11 entertainment stations, 16 water stations, 11 medical stations
- Youngest marathon participant: Sage Duggal, age 13, Seattle, Washington
- Oldest marathon participant: Sun Pul Ho, age 78, Coquitlam, British Columbia
- Youngest participant: Bentzy Goldman (8 km), age 6, Richmond, British Columbia
- Oldest participant: Bettyjean McHugh (Half Marathon), age 83, North Vancouver, British Columbia