Great Trek


Community is at the heart of this event, and the non-profit Vancouver International Marathon Society RUNVAN® is proud to partner with UBC and the Musqueam Nation to host the annual Great Trek. Please consider joining in whether you run, cheer or volunteer.

BMO Vancouver Marathon

xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam)

The name Musqueam relates back to the flowering plant, məθkʷəy̓, which grows in the Fraser River estuary. There is a sχʷəy̓em̓ that has been passed on from generation to generation that explains how we became known as the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm – People of the məθkʷəy̓ plant.


BC Children’s Hospital

BC Children’s is the only hospital in the province devoted exclusively to the care of children. That means one million kids — including some of the sickest and most seriously injured — count on the hospital for specialized care they often can’t receive anywhere else.

Note: Charities are not sponsors of the Great Trek and their participation in the event should not be construed as an endorsement by the event. We understand and expect that in a diverse society there will also be diversity of views, opinions, and causes. It is in this spirit that we allow and welcome a broad range of participants.

Green Pledge

Green Pledge

RUNVAN® is known in the community for hosting sustainable events with a high waste diversion rate. We look forward to putting on another green event this year and kindly request your support!

Running a Half Marathon, 10KM or 5KM isn’t always a simple task, and sometimes it can be easy to forget the little things – like recycling. That’s why we’ve created a Runner’s Green Pledge

Please assist us in hosting sustainable events:

  • Use marked recycling stations, not City bins, at the Start and Finish Line
  • Dispose of all recyclable food, including juice boxes, at recycling stations
  • Dispose of unwanted goods, gels, etc, at marked aid stations on-course
  • Travel smart. Utilize car shares, carpool, transit and the free bike valet

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