- 5 miles/8K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Relay
- Road Race
The 2014 BMO Vancouver Marathon was my first full marathon. And it was an amazing experience!!!
The energy and atmosphere was great right from the start! About 5,000 runners gathered in the corrals at Queen Elizabeth Park to begin the full marathon. There were lots of washrooms (albeit portable ones) and gear check.
Along the route there were tons of people cheering, despite it being a bit drizzly out, and funny signs to distract you from the monotony of running and to pump you up! Although the views are generally spectacular, unfortunately it was a bit grey and overcast. But still beautiful in it's own way!
There were plenty of aid stations with water and electrolyte drink and helpful and encouraging volunteers along the route.
The finish was fantastic, located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, with many spectators lining both sides. After thinking I might not make it for most of the run, I was pretty excited running down the final stretch and receiving my medal!
I was promptly given more food and water than I could carry and immediately sat down on the curb and dug in. I remember being very pleased with the box containing crackers, hummus, granola bars, and nuts. Perfect post-race food!
Overall, I was very happy with my first full marathon experience! I definitely recommend this race to others and I look forward to participating in it again this year (2015)!
Read my full race recap here: http://briehemingway.com/blog/2014/05/i-am-officially-a-marathoner/