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!



Discover Downtown Vancouver and Beyond

When visiting Vancouver,  the downtown core offers plenty of perks: it’s incredibly walkable, and guests have the advantage of world-class restaurants, tourist attractions and shopping right at their doorstep. As an added bonus, Vancouver is also home to a number of diverse and vibrant communities located a short walk, bus or taxi away from the city centre. From hip Main Street to lively Commercial Drive, discover downtown and beyond through these unique Vancouver neighbourhoods.


Chinatown shop
Photo courtesy of Tourism Vancouver/ Nelson Mouellic

Chinatown. Chinatown is one of Vancouver’s most distinct and historic neighbourhoods, with a universal appeal to locals and tourists along with a growing number of emerging chefs and entrepreneurs. Ever since the first wave of Chinese immigrants settled around Vancouver’s Carrall and Pender streets between 1886-1920, the area has been teeming with life for over a century, featuring a myriad of Chinese-owned and operated shops, authentic markets and busy diners serving up mouthwatering dim sum. Several trendy new restaurants have popped up in recent years in the revitalized community, like award-winning Kissa Tanto and cocktail destination, Juniper. Meanwhile, Chinese eateries continue to thrive: be sure to taste some of the traditional pastries served at family-run New Town Bakery, such as egg tarts and chewy fried sesame balls (jian dui); and don’t miss the savoury lunch and dinner plates at Chinatown BBQ, which dishes out delicious barbecued meats in a warm, inviting setting.

Main Street shops and cafes
Photo courtesy of Tourism Vancouver/ Nelson Mouellic

Mount Pleasant. Deservedly named as one of the North America’s 15 coolest streets by Cushman & Wakefield in 2016, Main Street is the beating heart of Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant community. Over the past 20 years, the neighbourhood has transformed into a vibrant arts district – complete with quirky independent shops, innovative eateries and hipster cafes aplenty. Check out Front & Company, one of Vancouver’s most popular consignment stores, for both new and used fashion gems; and wander in to the variety of antique shops that line the street for rare vintage finds. Take a break from shopping at 49th Parallel Roasters Café, one of the city’s finest coffee establishments where you’ll find meticulously crafted pour-overs and lattes spiked with housemade, date-sweetened almond milk. Grab a bite at one of the many cool and casual bistros, like Asian-fusion hotspot East is East or contemporary vegetarian favourites, The Arbor and The Acorn.  

Image of Commercial Drive intersection
Photo courtesy of Tourism Vancouver/ Nelson Mouellic

Commercial Drive. Commercial Drive is applauded as Vancouver’s most culturally rich neighbourhood. Also known as Little Italy, The Drive proudly represents more than 60 years of Italian heritage in Vancouver – and is also home to a more widespread global community with residents from all over the world. Here, you’ll see an old school Italian deli sandwiched between a family-run Ethiopian restaurant and modest Salvadorian café, epitomizing the best of the city’s multiculturalism. The one-of-a-kind district boasts a full 22 blocks for visitors to explore, with more than 300 unique merchants open for business. During a day on The Drive, patio-hop between some of its best sun-splashed terraces, like those of Latin-influenced Havana and beer lovers’ paradise, Biercraft. In between stops, hit up eclectic vintage stores and quaint boutiques like The Found & The Freed and Doctor Vigari Gallery; and when night falls, take in a local slam poetry show at Café Deux Soleils or live jazz music at the Libra Room.


Visitors who book a stay at one of Stay Vancouver Hotels’ participating properties through the Discover Downtown Package will receive a $25 Amazon Card; free room upgrade; free parking; and free WIFI.

Gear Up for the BMO Vancouver Marathon

The BMO Vancouver Marathon is only weeks away, returning to Vancouver on May 6, 2018. Ranked one of the top destination marathons in the world, the scenic 42.2-kilometre route takes runners past the city’s picturesque beaches, natural parks and along Vancouver’s seawall (the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path).

The event, which first launched in 1972, is Vancouver’s only marathon event – drawing some of the world’s top runners from more than 65 countries. The race begins at Queen Elizabeth Park at 8:30 am, and finishes in downtown Vancouver at West Pender Street (between Bute and Thurlow streets). In addition to the full marathon, the event includes a half marathon, an 8-kilometre run, and a kids’ run.

Image of runners at the BMO Vancouver Marathon

For visitors and locals who want to soak up the electric energy of the post-run fun, make your way to the downtown finish line where you’ll catch live music, delicious eats, a street festival and more.

Runners and their cheering fans who book a stay with us between May 1 to 10 will receive a $25 Amazon gift card, plus a chance to be entered to win free entry to the BMO Vancouver Marathon! For more information on our 36 downtown Vancouver hotels, and unique offers only available at Stay Vancouver Hotels, click here.