Top 3 Vancouver Running Races in 2019

A new year, a new you! If you ask us, there’s certainly no better time than now to set your new year’s resolutions in motion. In fact, one of our favorite resolutions is a renewed focus on health; whether it’s to stay fit, eat healthier, or just to be more active!


Need a little boost to get you motivated? wants to help you achieve your health goals, while also offering some FREE GIFTS in return! Check out our “Top 3 Runner Activities” below, and we hope to see you at one or all three of the Start Lines!



1) Vancouver Sun Run



The Vancouver Sun Run is a great excuse to stick to your fitness goals. On April 14th, this popular race will return, making the festive 10km run one of the largest in North America!


Attracting almost 50,000 participants each year, the city route goes from the heart of downtown, through the West End, over the Burrard Street Bridge, and ends in BC Place Stadium.


One of the many great things about this run is all the live music that is stationed along the route, not to mention the spring weather which is usually crisp & perfect. Along with the 10km course, you’ll also have the option of walking or taking a shorter 2.5km course, PLUS there’s a wheelchair division!


As an exclusive offer, StayVancouverHotels is giving away free VISA e-cards for those who participate in this fun-filled event. To learn more about how you can get your own personal VISA e-card, please refer to our Vancouver Sun Run promotion for details.



2) BMO Vancouver Marathon



Unable to attend the Vancouver Sun Run? Not to worry, we have you covered!


The BMO Vancouver Marathon on May 5th is rated as one of the top travel destination marathons in the world – certainly worth training for! The route takes runners along iconic beaches, parks & the world-famous Vancouver Seawall. Runners will also enjoy spectacular mountain range views of North Vancouver, along with the lush greenery of Stanley Park.

As an alternative to the full marathon, there are options to sign up for a half marathon, an 8-kilometre run or the kids’ run.


For a limited time, we are offering BMO runners the chance to win free entry to the marathon through our giveaway, along with a $75 VanPass voucher.


Check out our BMO Vancouver Marathon promotion for additional details on this exciting offer.



3) SeaWheeze Half Marathon



Finally, the SeaWheeze Half Marathon will be the perfect run once the middle of 2019 approaches. Held on August 17th, this part half marathon, part weekend festival will include: tons of music, delicious food, yoga & collectible swag.


The 21km run will begin in downtown to Kitsilano, followed by Stanley Park and all along the picturesque Seawall – the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path. It’s an absolutely stunning run & it’s no wonder that people from all around the world fly to Vancouver just to participate in this fun half marathon!


Make sure to book your hotel accommodation early to not miss out & do take advantage of one of our exclusive offers before they are gone!



Top Annual Sporting Events in Vancouver

Vancouver is known as one of the premier sporting cities in North America. As the celebrated Host City of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the metropolis’s awe-inspiring natural environment and strong community pride combine for big crowds and electrifying atmospheres at many athletic events. Read on for our round-up of the best annual sporting entertainment that the city has to offer:


Photo courtesy of World Rugby

HSBC Canada Rugby Sevens Series

Since Vancouver was awarded hosting rights to the HSBC Canada Rugby Sevens Series in 2015, the city comes alive every March with a raucous weekend-long festival complete with outrageous costumes, fan activities and world-class rugby. As one of the most dynamic global sporting events on the market, the yearly series includes ten tournaments held internationally in various host cities, and features 16 of the world’s top men’s rugby sevens teams. In Vancouver, the event takes place at 54,000-seat BC Place, distinguished as one of the league’s largest stadiums.

Want in on some of the action? For a limited time only, Stay Vancouver Hotels is offering Rugby fans select Sideline & Reserved tournament passes, plus a free $25 e-card bonus gift from Amazon. Learn more here before passes sell out.


Photo courtesy of Maia Rubin / RUNVAN®

Bank of Montreal (BMO) Vancouver Marathon

Internationally recognized as one of the top destination marathons in the world, the BMO Marathon is lauded for its unique route that features 70 percent shoreline views – including sweeping ocean vistas, snow-capped mountain ranges and blooming cherry blossom trees. The marathon embraces all fitness levels with Vancouver’s only marathon, a fast half marathon, 8KM race, relay and kids run. Since its inauguration in 1972, which hosted just 32 finishers, the event now sells out annually with over 17,000 participants hailing from 65-plus countries.

Let Stay Vancouver Hotels help you partake in next year’s excitement, with a chance to win free entry to the marathon from now until January 2019. For contest details, click here.

Photo courtesy of Tourism Vancouver/ Nelson Mouellic

Vancouver Sun Run

The Vancouver Sun Run has been Canada’s largest 10K road race since its inception in 1985, and now holds the title as the third largest timed 10K in the world. Founded by former Canadian Olympians, the purpose behind the Sun Run is to promote the benefits of running to improve health and wellness, as well as support aspiring athletes. Today, over 40,000 runners take part in the race along with 2,500 loyal volunteers who work together to continually bring a healthy, family-friendly event to the city every spring.


Photo courtesy of Tourism Vancouver / Albert Normandin

Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and BC Lions

Vancouver is also home to three professional sports teams that draw fans in from all over the Lower Mainland and beyond. The Vancouver Canucks are the city’s beloved ice hockey team that regularly plays out of Rogers Arena as members of the National Hockey League. Vancouver Whitecaps FC compete in the Western Conference of Major League Soccer to a boisterous crowd in BC Place, while the stadium also hosts the city’s celebrated football team, the BC Lions.